Coronavirus: NBA 'planning to restart season on July 31'

Tanya Simon
May 30, 2020

National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver held a conference call with the Board of Governors on Friday and while he did not have a formal vote for return-to-play scenarios, there were a number of different topics discussed.

The NBA has a date in mind for when it would like the season to resume. The league permitted teams to open their practice facilities beginning May 8, while working with teams that were still under stay-at-home orders. Teams would spend a little over a month in Orlando, with June 21 being the projected date for teams to travel to Central Florida.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Silver and the NBPA will continue talking about details for a return-to-play proposal, adding that Silver will likely have to ask owners to support a plan that he believes makes the best sense in the near future. A majority of GMs said they would prefer to proceed directly to a 16-team playoff, according to survey results obtained by ESPN. The four teams just outside of the Western Conference playoffs along with the likes of the Memphis Grizzlies and potentially an Eastern Conference foe or two could figure into this play-in tournament.

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Spadafora is hopeful that the league will be played to a conclusion, but says a plan is in place should it be disrupted again. Italy's Serie A has been given the go-ahead to restart on June 20 after being suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The NBA is also considering restarts with either 20 or 22 teams involved, with the final few playoff spots to be determined by either a play-in tournament or by group-stage play similar to the World Cup format. Such as play-in tournaments for bubble teams, a World Cup-style group stage tournament, or just bringing back the 16 teams now in playoff spots and beginning the postseason right away.

It is unclear where the games would be played or whether spectators would be allowed to attend.

The Pistons played were 20-46 when the season paused in March and were 11 games out of playoff contention.

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