As the great Jeff Probst likes to say “it’s time to vote” (that’s for all my “Survivor” fans out there).
On Friday afternoon, the NBA Board of Governors met to discuss plans for a resumption of the 2019-20 season, but no clear decisions were made … or so we thought.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, it appears the Board decided to vote next Thursday on a return plan, with the expectation that NBA commissioner Adam Silver will get a green light to continue the season.
The NBA is planning a Thursday vote of the Board of Governors — with an expectation that owners will approve Adam Silver’s recommendation on a format to re-start the season in Orlando, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 29, 2020
Excuse me for a moment … *walks into the other room* … LET’S GOOOOOOO!!!!!
Today’s scheduled meeting may not have given us the exact clarity we had hoped to see, but it at least led to a firmer date on when we should get that clarity. Wojnarowski also reported that teams around the league expect Silver’s plan to include between 20-22 teams, which means a play-in tournament for bubble playoff teams is likely. For the past several days, this seemed to be the vibe we were getting, and it definitely feels like the best/safest approach, all things considered. After all, dragging all 30 teams into the Walt Disney World bubble when many of their seasons were already over (*cough* the Bulls *cough*) just felt counterproductive. And, indeed, if the primary focus remains on the safety of the players/employees, it’s just not ideal or necessary.
Anyway, now all we can do is anxiously wait!
For more information on what happened at the meeting earlier today (including a new target-start date), click here.
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