The 2019-20 NBA season is set to resume at Walt Disney World Resort on July 30.
But first, how about an appetizer?
Per HoopsHype’s Alex Kennedy, a litany of former NBA players are getting together to participate in a 3-on-3, pay-per-view basketball tournament called the “5 Tournament,” running from July 19 - 29.
Ex-NBA players will compete in a 3-on-3 pay-per-view tourney called the "5 Tournament" from July 19-29, per a press release. It'll include Joe Johnson, Mario Chalmers, Mike Bibby, Nate Robinson, Eddy Curry, Donte Green, James White and many others. Here's a list of the rosters: pic.twitter.com/Wseuy8iAXM— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 2, 2020
And before you ask: Yes! There will be a Chicago team — nicknamed the “Chicago 5” — present, in addition to contingents from Toronto, New York, Texas, Sacramento and Miami. On the Chicago squad: former Bulls Nate Robinson, Eddy Curry, Hakim Warrick and Eddie Basden. Derrick Byars, who hails from Memphis, Tenn. and appeared in two games for the Spurs in 2012, fills out the roster.
Other participating ex-NBAers of note include Joe Johnson, Mario Chalmers, Mike Bibby, Ricky Davis, James White and many more.
Not yet clear is the broadcast schedule for the festivities or rules of competition, other than the fact that it will be a six-team, 3-on-3 tournament with rosters comprising five players each. But it will certainly make for interesting television.
Maybe the Bulls play again this offseason in a bubble format for the teams excluded from Orlando. Maybe not. Either way, there will be Chicago basketball this summer.