If all goes smoothly, we could have NBA basketball back in our lives two months from now.
The NBA's chief communications officer Mike Bass confirmed Saturday the league is in "exploratory conversations" with Disney about potentially resuming the 2019-20 season in late July at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.
Read the NBA's official statement below:
The following is a statement from NBA Chief Communications Officer Mike Bass: pic.twitter.com/8gfK5iVXs8— NBA (@NBA) May 23, 2020
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While it's clear the NBA still is in the early stages of figuring out how to properly restart the season, the fact a plan is being discussed definitely is encouraging. Basketball fans will take all the optimism they can get at this point.
In addition to the NBA's statement, Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports reported that a Disney source said while "it's a complicated venture," they "believe it will get done."
Final item from a Walt Disney World source: "There are still finer details to be worked out, as this is a very complicated venture. But we believe it will get done. As far as timing goes, within reason, that will be determined by the NBA. We'll be ready when they need us to be."— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) May 23, 2020
The question still remains of whether the NBA season would resume the regular season, or skip straight to the playoffs.
The NBA season has been suspended since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.