Sports leagues around the world continue to scramble to find a viable way to resume play during the coronavirus pandemic.
The NBA hasn't played a game since March 11th, and a return isn't close by any stretch of the imagination.
However, when the league does return it may have a plan to help expedite the process.
According to reports, the league has looked into the idea of having all teams meet at one central location and play games without fans in attendance.
Las Vegas, the Bahama, Orlando, Hawaii, Louisville, and Atlantic City have been rumored locations.
Of this list, no city makes more sense than Las Vegas. There would be no issues with finding enough hotel rooms to house all 30 NBA teams, and you could play the games at the campus of UNLV.
Much like NBA Summer League, you could play games at both Thomas and Mack Center and Cox Pavilion, allowing the league to play multiple games at one time, and upwards of 10 games in a single day.
This idea could allow the league to complete the games left in the regular season, as well as the playoffs.
However, not everyone thinks the NBA even has a chance to resume play.
In a recent interview with the Boston Globe, Jeff Van Gundy was less than optimistic.
“I understand how you can start again, but what’s the plan if the next person gets sick, like another Rudy Gobert-type of situation, we’re going to play through it? We’re going to cancel it again? That to me is why I don’t see any of these things taking place... I have no idea how they can pull off the season, and I have no idea what’s going to happen, and I hope next season isn’t impacted.”
Van Gundy has a point. If one more player gets sick, then the entire season would likely be suspended again and you would be back at square one.
To get a general idea of how the NBA could restart, one need look no further than the Chinese Basketball Association.
The CBA had planned to restart its season in May, but the government issued an order to delay the season.
The longer it takes for the CBA to resume play, the longer it will take for the USA to do the same.
China has been on lockdown since January, putting the CBA on hold. With a May return being postponed, that means the CBA will be suspended at least four months.
A similar timeline for the United States would put the NBA restart no sooner than late July/Early August.
But even a late start might not stop the NBA.
One league official told the New York Post that “Nothing is off the table," while another stated that the NBA is "very determined to have a champion.”