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New developments to ramp-up NBA season

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New developments could lead to basketball before we know it

Two developments by The Athletic and ESPN suggest progress towards NBA resumption is improving rapidly. This comes just days after the Thunder allowed voluntary practices at the facility.

Where Dreams Come True

“Orlando’s Walt Disney World Resort is the clear frontrunner to become the NBA’s playing site to resume the 2019-20 season amid the coronavirus pandemic, sources told The Athletic.

The NBA is in serious discussions with Disney about the property, which has gained clear momentum over cities such as Las Vegas, sources said. It remains unclear when the games would begin, but multiple sources say the prospect of players fully training in mid-June and playing by mid-July has been the most popular and possible scenario discussed. NBA commissioner Adam Silver told the Board of Governors on May 12 that he aims to decide on the season in two-to-four weeks, and that he wants to wait as long as he can to make final decisions.”

The story reported in The Athletic suggests developments towards resuming the NBA season are closer than even a few days ago. With Disney World almost definitely the site for the NBA playoffs (and regular season if that becomes into play), the picture of a world with basketball becomes much more clear.
Based on Silver’s timeline, we will hear his decision on the season by early- to mid-June, meaning the season could resume as early as July.

Time to Head Home

“NBA teams are expecting the league office will issue guidelines around June 1 that will allow franchises to start recalling players who’ve left their markets as a first step toward a formal ramp-up for the season’s resumption, sources tell ESPN.

Teams expect a similar timeline on the league allowing them to expand group workouts that are already underway with in-market players, sources said.

The NBA is discussing a step-by-step plan for a resumption of the 2019-20 season that includes an initial two-week recall of players into team marketplaces for a period of quarantine, one to two weeks of individual workouts at team facilities and a two- to three-week formal training camp, sources told ESPN.”

A small yet important step. Bringing players back to their physical market will make team practicing resumptions more streamlined. Simply removing one barrier will do wonders.

More news from Woj and others will surely emerge in the next few days and I, for one, cannot be more excited.

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