The Return Of The NBA (COVID-19)

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Ryan Gregory

The National Basketball Association resumed its season on July 30th in Disney, Florida for the first time since March 11th, when the season was suspended due to the pandemic.

The NBA decided to resume play in a neutral site in Orlando, Florida at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Twenty-two of the thirty teams were invited to finish regular season play. Of the twenty-two teams that were invited, thirteen from the western conference and eight from the eastern conference, only eight from each conference made the playoffs.

Each NBA team agreed to stay inside of Disney, social distance, and wear a mask. Players and staff are being tested for COVID-19 everyday before they participate in practices and games. If a player does test positive for COVID-19, they will be self-isolated for fourteen days and can not play again until numerous tests come back negative.

As teams move on in the playoffs, they are allowed to invite one family member for each round of the playoffs they move onto. Those family members will be required to follow the same procedures that the players and staff follow.

Players, staff, and family members will have to continue to follow the procedures, if they want to finish off the season and crown a champion for the 2020-2021 NBA season.

If the NBA can contain the amount of positive tests, I think there is a real chance they get to finish the season in Disney.”

— Jason Mendoza