NBA authorizes 22-team format to finish season and aims for July 31 restart
The National Basketball Association (NBA) prepares to restart its 2019-2020 season on July 31 in Orlando, with simply the 22 teams in playoff contention completing.
The NBA Board of Governors approved the 22-team format by 29 votes to one, with the Portland Trail Blazers the only group not in favour of the proposal.
The group reportedly preferred an option, 20-team format and point player CJ McCollum supported that position on Twitter.
Eight teams, six from the Eastern Conference and two from the West, will be removed as they can not reach the playoffs.
The staying groups will each play eight “seeding games” to determine seeds for the playoffs, with the prospective there for there to be a play-in tournament to decide the 8th seed.
The playoffs will keep their basic format.
All games and practices will take location at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, with groups also set to be housed there.
According to ESPN, groups will begin training in Orlando since July 9.
The NBA Draft Lotto is set for August 25 and the NBA Draft for October 15.
Under than strategies, the 2020-2021 season would start on December 1 – more than a month behind existing season did – which could have a knock-on impact on gamer availability for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver stated in a statement: “The Board’s approval of the restart format is a necessary step toward resuming the NBA season.
” While the COVID-19 pandemic provides powerful challenges, we are enthusiastic of ending up the season in a safe and accountable way based upon rigorous procedures now being settled with public health officials and medical specialists.
” We likewise acknowledge that as we prepare to resume play, our society is reeling from recent tragedies of racial violence and injustice, and we will continue to work carefully with our teams and players to utilize our collective resources and affect to resolve these problems in extremely genuine and concrete ways.”
Silver’s remarks followed demonstrations throughout the United States and beyond after the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.
A funeral for Floyd, who died after Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes, was held last night.
Chauvin’s charge has actually been updated to second-degree murder, while three other officers have actually been charged as accomplices.
Under the brand-new NBA format, it is expected five or 6 games will be played every day, with three courts in usage at the complex and groups dealing with the likelihood of using back-to-back days.
There will be a “routine screening procedure and rigid safety practices”, says the league.