The National Basketball Players Associations (NBPA) approved of the Board of Governors’ proposal to resume the 2019-20 NBA season with 22 teams at the Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
More stipulations about the now-approved proposal are being revealed, such as the inclusion of the family members of the players who will be participating in the play-in tournament and playoffs.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, NBA players and their family members will not be allowed to “roam” Disney World’s parks during the resumed season.
For those visiting Disney World this summer and hoping to see an active NBA player roaming the parks and getting on rides, well, the NBPA made it clear that won't be happening for players, nor the family members joining them, sources said.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 5, 2020
Further, the resumed season plan will gather 1,600 people in the “Orlando bubble,” according to Wojnarowski. Families of players will arrive after the first round of the playoffs. Only three members of a player’s family can visit at one time, however.
The target date to resume the season with 22 teams in tow is set for July 31 — with details of screening individuals for COVID-19, return dates for international players, and congregating teams for practice still to be determined between the NBA and NBPA.
The NBA suspended its 2019-20 season in mid-March after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert contracted the coronavirus. The pandemic-level public health crisis has threatened the livelihoods of billions on the planet and caused the death of over 105,000 U.S. residents alone.
The league is hoping to finish the season and playoffs in one location where the league can minimize travel and risk of exposure between individuals and players. Nevertheless, there will still be risks convening players and staff together.