NBA ‘planning to restart season on July 31’

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According to “The Athletic”, Adam Silver(Nba Commissioner) and the league office has informed the board of governors that they are planning to restart Nba 2019-20 season on July 31.

The league discussed the plans during the Friday’s board of governors meeting, they have discussed all the possible scenarios to complete this season which was being halted since March 11 due to Coronavirus pandemic.

There are two different possibilities that they may consider, one possibility is to cancel the remainder of the regular season and the top 16 teams in the Nba standings will straight go to the playoffs, while another would have all 30 teams reach 72 games before conducting a full postseason.

The NBA is also considering to restart the season with 20 or 22 teams involved, with the final few playoff spots could be determined by either a play-in tournament or by group-stage play which was very similar to the World Cup format.

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According to survey results, ESPN claims, the majority of league general managers are in favor of having the season move directly into the playoffs, out of 30 GMs polled 16 GMs preferred the option to move directly into the playoffs, with only one considering a regular season to happen with all 30 teams before holding the playoffs. 

Sixteen GMs also are in favor of keeping the traditional playoff format, with 14 considering an option to re-seed the 16 qualifiers regardless of the conference.  

Half of the GMs voted for 20 teams participating in any kind of expanded playoffs, with seven votings for 24 teams, five for 18, and three for 22. 

The survey also indicated that they want greater roster flexibility among teams once Nba resumes after the pandemic, either by increasing numbers or providing more options to replace injured or sick players.  

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GMs were also asked for their own preference for ending the season, with 25 of the 30 responses are with completion of the season on or before October 1. 

The remaining NBA games as well as the training camps will be held and played on ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida once it determines how many teams will be going to participate once the season resumes.

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