Report: What will happen if an NBA player leaves the Disney World bubble or tests positive for coronavirus
If an NBA player leaves the Walt Disney World bubble, he will have to be quarantined for no less than 10 days and must have two negative coronavirus tests, per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium. The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor says there will be similar protocol if a player tests positive for the coronavirus.
There’s also an update on drug testing:
Sources: The NBA and NBPA have agreed to conduct performance-enhancing drug testing during resumed 2019-20 season in Orlando — but tests for recreational drugs will remain suspended.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 8, 2020
The NBA is planning to resume the 2019-20 season at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. 22 teams will be taking part in the resumption of the season.
Odds are players are going to listen to the NBA rules and stay inside the bubble. COVID-19 is no joking matter, and it took a lot of work for the league to set up the plan of resuming basketball games.
The 22 NBA teams that will be in Orlando will play eight seeding games as selected from its remaining regular-season matchups. At 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 automatically qualify for the 2020 playoffs.
There’s then a possibility for play-in games for the No. 8 seed in each conference, but the No. 9 seed has to be within four games. If that’s not the case, the playoffs are locked in.
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 East, the Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards are in the race for two spots. 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.