06/03 10:45 CDT AP source: NBA presents players with plan for season restart
AP source: NBA presents players with plan for season restart
By TIM REYNOLDS
AP Basketball Writer
A person with knowledge of the situation says the NBA has told the National
Basketball Players Association that it will present a 22-team plan for
restarting the season to the league's board of governors on Thursday.
All 22 of the teams coming to the ESPN Wide World Of Sports complex on the
Disney campus near Orlando, Florida would play eight games to determine playoff
seeding before the postseason begins, according to the person who spoke to The
Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Wednesday because the league has
not released its proposal publicly.
The Western Conference would have 13 teams going to Disney, and the Eastern
Conference would have nine. In the West, Memphis, Portland, New Orleans,
Sacramento, San Antonio and Phoenix would still have a mathematical chance of
earning a spot in a play-in series. In the East, Washington would have to close
to within four games of Orlando or Brooklyn to trigger a play-in series on that
side of the bracket.
There are still some elements of the restart plan that could be changed, and
other matters are still being negotiated --- such as how much of a percentage
of their contracts that players will lose because some regular season games
will be canceled.
The NBA has suspended its season on March 11 "until further notice" after Rudy
Gobert of the Utah Jazz became the first player in the league to test positive
for the coronavirus. That move came only hours after the majority of the
league's owners were leaning toward playing games without fans in arenas.
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