NBA, Players Association finalize season restart plan

Ross Houston
July 3, 2020

The NBA says almost 20% of the 302 players it tested for coronavirus do, in fact, have it. this just 2 weeks before the league is set to kick off its Orlando bubble return. The league and the union also announced they have finalized their agreement to continue the suspended season next month at the Disney World campus near Orlando. And just like the first opening night of this season like no other, the second nationally televised double-bill game will pit the Los Angeles Lakers against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Included in the Orlando bubble are three courts - two that will feature nationally televised games.


Finally, the game will resume in a season that began with political conflicts between the National Basketball Association and China in October, the death of David Stern and Kobe Bryant in January, a pandemic that erupted in March, and racial issues surrounding police brutality and other forms. of inequality that divide the country once again for much of the league's close.

The health and safety protocols were developed in consultation with public health experts, infectious disease specialists and government officials. On July 7, teams will be allowed to arrive in Florida to begin training camps, which will run from July 9-29.


As previously reported, each team will play eight "seeding games" to determine playoff position.

Disney agreed to make the Arena, the Field House and Visa Athletic Center at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex the venues for all games for the remainder of the season, which will resume with 22 teams returning to play and no fans.


The Thunder (40-24) is in fifth place in the Western Conference.

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