The latest on when, where, and how the NBA will return to the court
NBA world on edge
The NBA, its players, its fans, and everyone involved with the league are reeling.
With the NBA and many other sports leagues suspending play, the sports world has come to a standstill.
Now, news is pouring in about how and when the NBA could resume play, if at all.
Let's get caught up on all the latest news you may have missed
NBA could resume in June
The NBA is preparing for the hiatus that has interrupted the 2020 season to be lengthy, but is still making tentative plans for an end to the current break at some point that would allow a resumption of the season, according to an ESPN report.
Teams have been told to seek arena dates for games into the middle of August, based on a best-case scenario of a resumption of play in mid-to-late June. Also, there is apparently a possibility of going directly into the playoffs without finishing the regular-season schedule
Could games be played on practice courts?
The league is studying the possibility of playing in smaller venues or even team practice facilities if games are scheduled without fans in attendance, which is likely. The smaller venues or practice gyms could provide unique viewing angles for television that have not been previously used.
Without fans in the arenas, there would be no need for the use of larger venues, where the expense is higher and the look on television would probably not be pleasing.
Teams still have limitations
Teams have had some restrictions lifted but they still have plenty of limitations to work around. Teams cannot hold team activities. That means no team workouts and no full practices. Instead, players can only do individual workouts. One player with one coach.
The league has also recommended that teams do temperature checks on everyone entering their facilities, If players/staff show signs of fever, they are sent home. Just another step to help stop the spread of COVID-19
NBA players won't be drug tested during hiatus
Right now, NBA players have found themselves with a lot of time on their hands. They're using the time to get in training, video sessions, etc. all while under quarantine.
There is a lot to worry about during the break, but one thing the players won't have to worry about is being drug tested.
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports, the National Basketball Players Association and the league have reached an agreement to not subject players to drug testing during the break.
When will the league return?
BetOnline has released odds on which American sports leagues will be the first to play after suspending their season due to the coronavirus.
- MLB +175
- NHL +180
- NBA +250
- MLS +400
Additionally, the sportsbook thinks it's quite unlikely that the NBA is playing games before June, with "No" having -600 odds, and a "Yes" only at +350.