National Basketball Association reportedly ramping up summer return plans

Ross Houston
May 22, 2020

It said teams are also awaiting an update around the same time on expanding individual workouts - already under way at some clubs - to include more team personnel.

One of the many topics discussed by the National Basketball Association in the 10 weeks since COVID-19 shut down the 2019/20 season is the possibility of adjusting the playoff format if the season resumes.

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Numerous owners, executives and players believe commissioner Adam Silver will soon after announce that games could then return by the end of July.

The stoppage came as the league hurtled toward its playoffs, which were due to start in April.

The NBA and NBPA are meeting to discuss the structure of a return, including how the league will navigate the possibility of regular-season games, play-in tournaments, playoff formats and whether the full 30 teams will be brought back to finish the season, sources said.

More individual workouts and team training camps would also feature in a build-up to any resumption of play. It also remains possible that teams could play at their own arenas, though using a neutral site would help limit the risk associated with players and staffers traveling all over the country.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Walt Disney World in Orlando has emerged as the "clear front-runner" to host the games. Regardless, they may very well still be able to salvage what many were ready to chalk up as a lost season.

The league has considered other sites for a campus, including Las Vegas, but it appears Orlando is the preferred choice at the moment.

The concept of a resort setting was suggested first in late March when Silver called upon teams to submit all ideas for an eventual return.

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