The NBA is expected to approve a plan to continue the season with 22 teams

The NBA Board of Directors is expected to approve a league proposal that would begin the season in Orlando using the 22 national team format, according to ESPN and Athletic.

Three-quarters of the 30 NBA teams must also ratify the proposal. That decision should be made on Thursday at 12:30 pm, ESPN reported.

The new plan would allow 13 Western Conference teams and nine Eastern Conference teams to play eight regular-season games before the playoffs begin – which ended last season in early June.

The top eight teams in both conferences will be part of the 22 teams playing. The remaining six teams will be those within six games of eighth place: New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trailblazers, San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards, according to ESPN sources.

A restart would begin on July 31, ESPN reported. And if there is an NBA Game 7 final, it would be scheduled for Oct. 12.

When asked about the reports, the NBA had no comment.

NBA suspended his season after a Utah Jazz member tested positive for coronavirus on March 11th. The coronavirus pandemic has forced many U.S. sports organizations to consider adjustments, including canceling events and holding games without fans.

Under this new plan, the teams should start training in Orlando by the end of July, ESPN reported. Players will be tested for coronavirus every day, and if someone tests positive, they will be removed and treated individually, ESPN reported.

It all comes in the middle of a report that the season could continue in Disney’s ESPN wide world of sports complex near Orlando, Florida, as a unique campus for games, practices, and housing, said NBA spokesman Mike Bass.
Some families, especially for teams expecting deep races in the playoffs, can too be allowed into a “bubble”, as the arrangement is called.

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