National Basketball Association to invite 22 teams to resume season in Orlando

National Basketball Association to invite 22 teams to resume season in Orlando

It's expected to be passed unanimously. However, if the No. 9 team wins, they'll play each other one more time in a victor take all game. If the ninth-place team is within four games of the eighth-place team, the two teams will have a play-in tournament for the final spot.

The top eight teams in each conference will be invited to the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando as well as the New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs and the Washington Wizards, ESPN reported Wednesday.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, each of the 22 teams will play eight games in order to determine seeding.

The Nos. 8 and 9 seeds will play each other once.

It is believed that the goal of the eight regular-season games will be to give players an opportunity to work themselves back into game shape while also giving teams outside of the top eight in each conference the opportunity to qualify for the playoffs.

Those regular season games could unfold similarly to summer league action, SLAM's Keith Smith reports, with matches taking place on multiple courts simultaneously throughout the day.

The Western Conference would have 13 teams going to Disney, and the Eastern Conference would have nine. This is under Woj's presumption that the season will end no later than October 12. Teams will have full training camps throughout July before play resumes.

This is a fairly traditional plan, considering the circumstances.

How this plan keeps players safe - or at least minimizes risk - is up for debate and will depend on the details (Florida as a state has seen a surge in positive coronavirus cases in recent days).

Additional precautions will be put in place to protect personnel, The Athletic reports, these include having athletes shower back at their respective hotel rooms and inactive players viewing the games from in the stands. That, however, has to be just the tip of the iceberg.

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