There was a decent amount of positive news today regarding the NBA’s resumption of the 2019-20 season. First, it was announced that Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando had emerged as a frontrunner to be the host of a possible return to NBA games this season, with Las Vegas previously being the only proposed “bubble city”. Now, Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe of ESPN report that people in the NBA are expecting guidelines for a return to come around June 1st. In addition, teams are reportedly expected to be allowed to expand workouts that they already have underway. This will follow the teams recalling players back into their residential markets.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 20, 2020
The juiciest part of the story is this reporting from Wojnarowski and Lowe, which includes some extreme positivity for the season to return.
“Barring an unforeseen turn of events, many NBA owners, executives and National Basketball Players Association elders believe commissioner Adam Silver will green-light the return to play in June — with games expected to resume sometime before the end of July, sources said.”
The two also report that the NBA is still considering a two-site format for a return, as opposed to only being in Orlando or Las Vegas. Considering the earlier report today, you could probably bet on Orlando at least being one of them.
Probably the most key phrase in all of this reporting is “barring an unforeseen turn of events”. Although that stresses the positive feeling coming from people around the league, we all know that “unforeseen” is the name of coronavirus’ game. We still live in a state of uncertainty for what is going to happen in the trends of this virus, but apparently at least the NBA is optimistic.
Look for more news regarding these reports as we get closer to June 1st.