NBA players approve 22-team format to restart and finish season

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAll 28 players representatives on the call approved the format, according to The Athletic and ESPN, but there is still work to do, according to the players’ organization.“The acceptance of the scenario would still require that all parties reach agreement on all issues relevant to resuming play,” the NBPA said.The NBA said Thursday that it and the players’ association will continue working with infectious disease specialists, public health experts and government officials to establish a rigorous program to prevent and mitigate the risk related to COVID-19. Stringent safety practices will include playing games without fans in the central location where players will be tested daily, according to what Commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday in an interview on TNT.Those tests will be carried out nightly, likely using mouth swabs and light nasal swabs instead of the more invasive nasal swab test, according to Charania, who also reported that a player who tests positive will be quarantined a minimum of seven days.There won’t be tracking devices on players, but NBPA leadership stressed that it will be mandatory that players stay on the Disney World campus, according to Charania. NBA players are on board with the league’s plan to finish the 2019-20 season, although “various details remain to be negotiated,” the National Basketball Players Association said in a statement Friday.The Board of Player Representatives of the National Basketball Players Association approved further negotiations with the NBA on Thursday on the league’s 22-team return-to-play scenario to restart the season, the remainder of which will be staged entirely at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, starting July 31.According to the proposal, no more than 1,600 people would be allowed within the NBA’s bubble, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, who also reported that games could feature faux crowd noise from ‘NBA 2K’ sounds – about which the Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell tweeted: “I hope they’re not serious.”After the NBA’s board of governors voted Thursday to approve the 22-team format for finishing the season, the OK from players Friday represents the latest step as the league works to finalize its complicated restart plan after a hiatus that began when play was abruptly suspended March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Players’ families will be allowed to arrive, likely three at a time, after the first round of playoffs, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.There likely will be two or three preseason games, with practices in Orlando expected to be held, in three-hour windows, inside a convention center with two courts and weight rooms, Charania tweeted.Michele Roberts, the executive director of the NBPA, informed players that the potential Dec. 1 start date for the start of the 2020-21 season remains part of a negotiation with the NBA, per Wojnarowski.The Lakers and Clippers last played March 10, at which point the Lakers (49-14) led the Western Conference and the Clippers (44-20) were in second place.They’ll be among the 22 teams with the best records returning to play in a format that features the teams’ current playoff positions, plus the six teams currently six games or fewer behind the eighth seed in their respective conferences.The season restart will begin again with eight “seeding games” for each returning team, with the possibility of a play-in tournament for the eighth and final playoff seed in each conference, depending on combined records across regular-season games and seeding games.Once the 16-team playoff field is set, the NBA playoffs would proceed in a traditional conference-based format with four rounds and best-of-seven series in each round. The finals would end no later than Oct. 12.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more