NBA could have schedule set by early June
The NBA could potentially have a schedule set by early June, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
Windhorst spoke on Tuesday’s iteration of ESPN’s Get Up, noting the league could expeditiously line up a long slate of games for what would be the remainder of the regular season, as well as a template of the postseason.
“Everybody would like to make it happen, but there’s still a little bit of a trepidation about how fast it’s gonna happen and what the path is gonna be,” said Windhorst. “By early-to-mid-June, they will have a decision. We’re either gonna go or we’re not and if we are gonna go, here is what the schedule might look like. I would say right now we’re moving positively in that direction, but the NBA, again, keeping a close eye on those [COVID-19 infection] numbers every single day, from [sic] Nate Silver and others, just like the rest of us.”
New York, Texas, Florida, and California — three states that encompass a total of 11 teams (more than a third of the NBA) have already been on the record for being willing to open for pro sports, so long as no fans are in attendance.
Marc Stein of The New York Times noted that “Training Camp 2.0” could be held in teams’ own practice facilities before heading to one or two centralized sites to resume play, as Orlando and Las Vegas are still vying for games.
There is no clear-cut decision made yet, but all signs lean toward the NBA and its players resuming the season, barring any complications that may arise in the next few weeks.