The NBA Board of Governors has approved for the National Basketball Association to resume the season in Orlando, Florida, with a 22-team format.
The plan mentions that the NBA will play at the Walt Disney World Resort with 13 teams from the Western Conference and nine teams from the Eastern Conference, then eight regular-season games, a play-in tournament for the eighth seeds, and playoffs.
“If the ninth seed is more than four games behind the eighth seed, the eighth seed earns the playoff spot; if the ninth seed is four or fewer games behind, then the eighth and ninth seed will enter a play-in tournament that is double-elimination for the eighth seed and single-elimination for ninth,” Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium wrote.
The six teams currently not in the playoff picture that will continue to play are the New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trailblazers, San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, and the Washington Wizards.
Teams will begin training at team sites starting in July and advance to full training camps later in that month in Orlando. The season would start on July 31 and end on October 12. The NBA Lottery is set for August 25 with the Draft on October 15.
Safety is still a concern for the NBA and NBAPA, but the plan is to have a uniform, daily testing for the coronavirus within the Disney Campus. If a player is tested positive, the league will remove the player from the team and will be quarantined. Players and coaches will still be able to leave their hotel to golf and go to restaurants but must maintain social distancing.