LA NBA approved this Thursday the plan to restart the season from July 31 within a single venue, the complex ESPN Wide World Of Sports on the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida.
A total of 22 teams will move there, (13 from the Western Conference and 9 from the Eastern Conference), all of which are less than six games away for the qualification to the playoffs.
According to ESPN, 29 of the 30 franchises voted in favor of this format. Only the Portland Trail Blazers opposed ending the season like this.
Those teams will play 8 games to determine the regular season standings. To determine the qualifiers, it could be possible to play a play-in between the eighth and ninth qualifiers before the playoffs, if the difference between them is less than four games apart.
The postseason would begin in August, the usual seven games, and the NBA Finals will likely last until October 12.
The teams that will be present in this final phase will be the Lakers, Clippers, Nuggets, Jazz, Thunder, Rockets, Mavericks, Grizzlies, Trail Blazers, Pelicans, Kings, Spurs and Suns by the West and Bucks, Raptors, Celtics, Heat, Pacers, Sixers, Nets, Magic and Wizards in the East.
As has been said, the chosen city is Orlando. More specifically, the complex of Disney World that has several high-level sports halls and dozens of hotels that will be available to the teams. In fact, the players will be able to take their families for that concentration that will last several months.
Of the Spanish, all but the Hernangómez would be present in this final phase. Marc Gasol and Ibaka with the Raptors and Ricky Rubio with the Suns.
The NBA suspended its season on March 11, becoming the first of the top professional leagues in the United States to do so after Jazz pivot Rudy Gobert was known to test positive.