It’s the promise basketball fans around the world have been waiting to hear:
The NBA is back.
The NBA’s Board of Governors will hold a call Thursday afternoon and vote on a 22-team format to resume the season in Florida this summer after it was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The team owners have “the intention of approving the league’s plan,” ESPN reported.
The 22 teams heading to the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex on the Disney campus near Orlando would play eight regular-season games to determine playoff seeding starting around July 31, reports said. The traditional 16-team playoffs would follow, beginning sometime in August.
Among the 22 teams invited? The Washington Wizards. You read that right.
Despite owning a record of 24-40 when the season was suspended March 11, the Wizards were in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, 5.5 games behind the Orlando Magic and six, behind the Brooklyn Nets. Reports confirmed the Wizards were one of six teams outside the traditional playoff picture who will be included in the restart. (WashingtonTimes)