The 2019/20 National Basketball Association season was suspended in March 11, due to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. After so much considerations, on June 4, the NBA’s Board of Governors affirmed the style to be used to conclude the season, which will see 22 teams coming back to play from the start date of July 30.
In a bid to make the return a bit safer, The National Basketball Association Players Association on June 26, finalized a cogent plan ahead of the restart of the league, on July 31st. It includes stringent health and safety protocols. While NBA or Basketball fans generally are anticipating, here are some most asked questions.
Q: When will the 2019-20 season restart begin and climax?
From July 30 until the finals which should be Oct. 13.
Q: Which of the 22 teams will play the remainder of the season?
A total of 22 teams will return to play this season.
Los Angeles Lakers
Oklahoma City Thunder
Portland Trail Blazers
New Orleans Pelicans
San Antonio Spurs
Q: I don’t understand what seeding games are?
Seeding games are the eight remaining games that the remaining 22 teams will play, before the commencement of the play-offs
Q: Will there be scrimmage games?
Yes. Teams will compete in three inter-squad scrimmages from July 22-28 in final preparation for the resumption of the season.
Q: Will the games be played at their home grounds?
No, the National Basketball Association and Disney reached an agreement to have games played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida.
Q: Will Basketball fans be allowed to enter the stadiums to watch games from the stands?
The games will be played behind closed doors, no live audience or tickets available, for the remainder of the campaign. All of this are done, in a bid to curb the widespread of the virus.
Q: What are the NBA’s medical protocols?
The National Basketball Association has worked well with the infectious disease specialists, public health experts and government officials to establish a strong program to mitigate the risk related to COVID-19, including a regular testing protocol and stringent safety practices.
Q: When will the Play-offs start and commence?
The first round of the play-offs begins on August 17. The conference semifinals begin August 31. The conference finals begin September 15. The NBA Finals begin September 30.
Q: How many games will each team in the 22-team play before play-offs begin?
it varies by team, most of the 22 teams should play between 72 and 73 games, after the eight “seeding games” are added to their regular-season game total.
Q: How will playoff seeding work?
The usual tie-breaker scenarios will be in place for those seeds. The eighth seed could potentially come down to a play-in tournament.
Q: Any difference in the play-offs format?
It will all be the same.
Q: When is the NBA Draft Lottery?
Q: When is the NBA Draft?
October 16. The Early Entry deadline will be Aug. 17 and the Early Entry withdrawal deadline will be Oct. 6.
Q: When will the 2020-21 season start?
The 2020-21 NBA regular season will likely begin on Dec. 1, 2020.