The chatter was out there — whether we wanted to listen to it or not — that the NBA was working on a way to return. Yes, even as 2020 continues to be derailed by a pandemic and the wanton expansion of the police state, the NBA’s Board of Governors have convened to approve a plan to resume the 2019-20 season. It’s not quite business as usual — but it is business.
As we’ve come to expect, the two-man scoop team of Woj and Shams are the first to report the details as they’ve come out. Here are their tweeted reports:
Sources: The NBA informed the Board of Governors of scheduled dates:— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 4, 2020
- Training camp: June 30, July 7 travel to Orlando
- 2019-20 season: July 31
- Free agency: Oct. 18
- 2020-21 targets: Nov. 10 training camp, Dec. 1 opening night (can remain fluid)
NBA has set an August 25 Draft Lottery and October 15 Draft, sources say.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 4, 2020
So there you have it. By a vote to 29-to-1 — with Portland as the lone hold out — the NBA has agreed to come back under the auspices of their “bubble” concept in Orlando’s Disney World complex. For more information on this, what’s left of SB Nation’s frontpage wrote a modest explainer on the situation, including what will happen at the bottom of each conference with teams vying for a playoff spot.
Now, to clarify, this is what the 2019-20 regular season calendar now looks like, based on the information that’s been released:
Key Dates for 2019-2020 Season
June 30 - Training Camp
July 7 - Arrive in Orlando
July 31 - Season Resumes
Key Dates for 2020-21 Season
August 25 - NBA Draft Lottery
October 15 - NBA Draft
November 10 - Training Camp
December 1 - Opening Night
What’s clear, of course, is how this effects not only this season but the timeline for next season. It also draws into stark relief what may have to be done to the 2020-21 season in order to bring it back in line with the usual October to June timeline of the NBA. Will this mean a condense or shortened 2020-21 regular season? It seems likely at this point.
In any case, the only thing left to say about this is: the Toronto Raptors will be back on the court in 2020 to defend their championship. We would have preferred this under drastically different circumstances, but it is happening. Best to get ready.