The NBA’s Board of Governors approved a 22-team plan to restart the 2019-20 season after voting on the proposal Thursday. The Portland Trail Blazers were the only team to vote against the proposed plan. Let’s dive into the specifics of the 22-team plan, as outlined by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:
- Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, is set to be the sole host, providing basketball facilities and resorts to house players
- The 16 current playoff teams are heading to Disney World, along with an additional six teams that trail their conference’s eighth seed by six games or less; those extra invitees are the Blazers, Pelicans, Suns, Kings and Spurs in the West, and the Wizards in the East
- Each of the 22 teams will play eight games in Orlando to wrap up the regular season and determine seeding before the playoffs
- A play-in tournament for the eighth seed will be triggered if the ninth seed in either conference finishes the shortened regular season four games or fewer behind the eighth-seeded team
- If a play-in tournament is necessary, the ninth seed will need to win two straight matchups against the eighth seed to earn a playoff spot; one win by eighth seed will clinch their playoff berth
- Teams will begin to prepare for the season in late June before traveling to Orlando
- Training camp in Orlando is scheduled for July 9-11, ahead of the first games on July 31
- The NBA will have “uniform, daily testing for the coronavirus within the Disney campus environment,” per Wojnarowski
- If a player tests positive for the coronavirus, that player will then be subject to individual quarantine and treatment
One thing not released on Thursday was game schedules for individual teams. Yahoo Sports’ Vincent Goodwill reported that teams will likely resume their regular season schedule as planned, but the league also plans to use an algorithm to sort out any complications that arise from the eight-game, 22-team schedule that will be used in Orlando.
The plan also requires approval by the National Basketball Players Association, which is scheduled to discuss the league’s proposal on Friday.