NBA moving significantly closer to return
by Bryan Fonseca
May 27, 2020 | 6943 views | 0 0 comments | 808 808 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The National Basketball Association last played games on March 11, and was the first major pro sports league to shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak.

All teams had played between 63 and 67 of their respective 82-game schedule when the league suspended its season following the positive test of Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert.

This past week, the league moved significantly closer to resuming their season, which would take place at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. NBA spokesperson Mike Bass says the plan is for the league to resume in late July.

“Our priority continues to be the health and safety of all involved, and we are working with public health experts and government officials on a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that appropriate medical protocols and protections are in place,” Bass said.

The league has held internal talks of taking their “bubble” concept to Las Vegas, where Summer League games are held across multiple arenas with significant hotel space, but it appears that Orlando is the new leader.

“Testing every day would be my gold standard,” Carl Bergstrom, a professor of biology at the University of Washington, told ESPN. “Figure out how to test everyone every day, and from there back out.”

Brooklyn Net guard Spencer Dinwiddie has been one of the NBA players vocal about a potential return, and put a date on when league games would return in a tweet on Thursday.

“I heard those last five games at bubble site start July 15,” he wrote on Twitter.

Nearly 20 of the 30 NBA teams have reopened their practice facilities, including the local Brooklyn Nets, who practice in Sunset Park.
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