The Chicago Journal

The Ball is on: NBA Set to Resume Action

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the NBA has been on hiatus for months and avid basketball fans were never been so excited to see their favorite NBA star players.  The NBA season was stopped due to the Covid-19 pandemic in March For the record, The NBA is set to become the first major North American sports league to make a huge comeback after the lift of lockdown in other states. Moreover, NBA will begin their play scheduled to resume on 31 July, according to multiple reports.

On the other hand, the league’s board of governors has approved a plan that will see the 22 teams still in playoff contention travel to Disney World in Orlando to play eight regular-season games. With the social distancing scheme until now, the league must express their assurance to comply with the guidelines and no official statement yet has been released. The 16 teams are set to play and would qualify for the postseason if it started today will compete along with the New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs from the Western Conference and the Washington Wizards from the Eastern Conference. 

Consequently, the NBA stars are back on track again and in a few months, we are about to see them playing. Avid basketball fans were freaking out and it has been months they have waited for this huge comeback. 

As mentioned, following the playing scheme, once the games in Orlando have been finished the No 8 seed will make the playoffs if they are more than four games ahead of the No 9 seed. If the margin is closer, there will be a play-in tournament to see who advances. The latest the NBA finals could end will be 12 October, with free agency and the draft set to open after that.

The terms of the plan mean the season is over for the teams determined to have too remote a chance of making the playoffs: the Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves and last season’s finalists, the Golden State Warriors.

Players and staff would be isolated to an extent in Disney World, with the players able to play golf and eat at restaurants at the resort while being cut off from the rest of the world and the threat of Covid-19. It is expected players will be regularly tested for the virus and will enter quarantine should they prove to be positive for Covid-19.