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NBA now has a target date for its return


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The Warriors may not be circling it, but much of the rest of the NBA now has a date it is aiming for.

Friday, July 31, is the hopeful return of basketball, Adam Silver told the league’s Board of Governors on Friday, according to The Athletic.

That would give the league and Player Association about two months to work together to figure out all the generalities and specifics, of which there will be about a million. The NBA is hoping to play at Disney World, which would allow teams and players a secluded area and comes with hotels (although the backlash about the quality of the hotels already has begun).

The format is also up for debate, though ESPN reported a survey of general managers indicated the majority would prefer just the 16 playoff teams from before the pandemic to return for a postseason, the East and West standings staying static. There is just a long shot that whatever the chosen format is would include the Warriors, who were among the league’s worst teams.

Players can begin getting up to speed and into shape as they re-enter gyms, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announcing professional sports practices can begin before June 15, which is when professional games can begin again in San Francisco.

There are so many unknowns, but a plan is being hatched, and perhaps the NBA can return before MLB.

 

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