"The Board's approval of the restart format is a necessary step toward resuming the NBA season," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. "While the COVID-19 pandemic presents formidable challenges, we are hopeful of finishing the season in a safe and responsible manner based on strict protocols now being finalized with public health officials and medical experts. We also recognize that as we prepare to resume play, our society is reeling from recent tragedies of racial violence and injustice, and we will continue to work closely with our teams and players to use our collective resources and influence to address these issues in very real and concrete ways."
The NBA Board of Governors today approved a competitive format to restart the 2019-20 season with 22 teams returning to play and a tentative start date of Friday, July 31.
When training camps re-open on July 9th it will be just short of four months since the league suspended its season. This will definitely go down as an unique NBA playoffs.
Some preliminary expectations on Orlando format, per sources:
16-day regular season - 5-to-6 games per day.
Each team expected to play one back-to-back among its eight regular-season games.
NBA Finals format expected to include games every other day during best-of-seven series. https://t.co/Lrc7JJfvPU