NBA Basketball Season Poised to Return

The NBA is Back Owners approve July 31 return to play with 29-1 vote	
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The NBA is Back Owners approve July 31 return to play with 29-1 vote Gene Sweeney Jr Getty Images

That's five teams from the West and one from the East - based on the formula of teams having to be within six games of a playoff spot.

Once the 16-team playoff field is set, the postseason would proceed in a traditional conference-based format with four rounds and best-of-seven series in each round.

The NBA's Board of Governors approved a 22-team plan to restart the 2019-20 season on July 31 in Walt Disney World.

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The proposed schedule will see the NBA Finals end no later than October 12, with the following season pushed back until December.

The board's approval is the first step in resuming the season, the league said. Making this even more surreal, teams will both live and compete at Walt Disney World for the entire rest of the season. The NHL, MLS and NWSL have previously announced their plans to return.

Portland is among a trio of teams that trail the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies by 3 1/2 games. Instead, the top 22 teams in the league will be included in the resumption of the season, but there will still be eight playoff teams from each conference.

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The restart is also expected to include a two-week quarantine for players in their home cities, one to two weeks of workouts at team facilities, followed by a two-week training camp. Portland, New Orleans, Sacramento, San Antonio and Phoenix made the cut for an opportunity to climb into playoff contention.

"It is important that we be a good teammate not only to the National Basketball Association, but to the other 29 teams to support the efforts to complete this season and prepare for next season in a healthy and safe manner", the Timberwolves said in a statement. The latest announced news came on Sunday when the Player's Association countered a proposal from Major League Baseball. Unlike the other sports leagues, which are finishing out their suspended seasons, MLB never started its 2020 campaign. Nevertheless, eight teams are finished for the season now, and most teams in the league will have completed their season by the end of September.

Restarting the league quickly does pose an injury concern, especially when you consider the long layoff due to the coronavirus and going into an intense and fast format.

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