The NBA may not know when — or if — play will resume this season, but the league reportedly has a plan to get players into game shape and onto the court should that day come.
According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst on Sunday, the league has a “25-day plan” that would kick in after the league sets a return date from the coronavirus-induced layoff and would conclude with players ready to play regular-season games again.
“They’re spending a lot of time getting a back-to-basketball plan ready,” Windhorst said during a TV interview of what league officials have been working on in recent days.
“What they’re looking at is a 25-day return-to-basketball window,” he continued. “… An 11-day series of individual workouts, where there’d be social distancing for a period of time, and then hopefully … a 14-day training camp.”
Sources tell ESPN that the NBA & NBPA have been collaborating in assessing rapid-response testing devices that in theory could yield accurate results within minutes, a process that represents a critical first step toward potentially resuming play. Story: https://t.co/S4xGTZ3QxX
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The NBA halted its regular season on March 11. Commissioner Adam Silver has previously said the league doesn’t plan to make any decisions regarding the calendar until at least May 1.
The regular season had about a month remaining when it was suspended, and the playoffs typically take about two months to complete. The 2020-21 regular season typically would begin in October, although Silver acknowledged that could be affected as well.
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