NBA teams will be able to replace staff who test positive for coronavirus
As part of an update to the league’s health and safety protocols for its restart in Orlando, Florida, NBA teams were informed they will be able to replace staff members who test positive for coronavirus on campus and are unable to work, per Tim Bontemps of ESPN.
As part of an update to the NBA’s health and safety protocols for its restart in Orlando, teams were informed they will be able to replace staff members who test positive for coronavirus on campus and are unable to work, league sources told ESPN.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) June 26, 2020
We hope it doesn’t end up being the case, but odds are NBA players and staff members will test positive for COVID-19 at Walt Disney World.
Teams began individual workouts in their home markets on Tuesday. Franchises were required to begin testing players every other day and we’ve already had a few players test positive for COVID-19.
Malcolm Brogdon of the Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings players Buddy Hield, Jabari Parker and Alex Len all tested positive on Wednesday.
The NBA “bubble” games will start on July 30. The first round of the 2020 NBA playoffs is set to start in late August, with the Finals scheduled to conclude no later than Oct. 13.
The 22 teams staying in Orlando will play eight seeding games as selected from their specific remaining regular-season matchups. Following the conclusion of the seeding games, the seven teams in each conference with the best-combined records across regular-season games and seeding games will play in the 2020 postseason.
The Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors have already clinched NBA playoff berths. The Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks virtually have one as well.
That leaves nine teams vying for three remaining playoff berths.
In the Eastern Conference, the Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards are in the race for two spots. Meanwhile, in the West, the Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns will jostle for one spot.