Coronavirus: NBA targets mid-October finish to virus-hit campaign

Tanya Simon
June 3, 2020

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The report, which was based on unnamed sources, said a timeline shared with teams showed Oct 12 as the latest the best-of-seven NBA Finals could finish and a proposal would go to a vote of the league's board of governors on Thursday.

On Tuesday, Wojnarowski tweeted that the league wants clubs back on courts for meaningful action on July 31 and that the last game of the NBA Finals could be scheduled for October 12.

Although the Knicks are unlikely to be part of the postponed season's restart in Orlando, as The Post previously reported, there is dialogue that the teams not involved may return to the court, according to ESPN.

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Kleine told reporters that Gardner and his father had been attacked by the crowd outside the bar, with one pushing the father. It was not immediately clear who was representing Gardner and Gardner did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The NBA has been advancing a plan that would include the 16 teams now holding play-off positions and six more teams within six games of the eighth seed in each conference, according to ESPN.

Much like the 24-team model the National Hockey League intends to use to crown a 2020 Stanley Cup champion, the NBA inviting 22 clubs would include some sort of play-in tournament to award the last postseason berths ahead of a standard tournament.

The board, which is made up of representatives of the 30 National Basketball Association ownership groups, is expected to approve commissioner Adam Silver's recommended plan.

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