I’m sure most of you, if not all of you, heard that the NBA’s Board of Governors voted on Thursday to approve (29-1) the league’s 22-team format to restart the 2019-20 season in Orlando at Walt Disney World.
While the NBA is coming back, Vince Carter’s career is officially over since he said the 2019-20 season would be his last and his current team, the Atlanta Hawks, season is over due to them not being in the 22 team format.
Kevin Durant also said he won’t be playing this season despite the Nets being involved in the 22 teams, stating it’s “best for me to wait.”
Training camp for the restart will begin on June 30th and the “reopener” will be July 31st.
There will be eight “regular season” games or “seeding games” whichever you’d like to call them. Then there will be a play-in event between the No. 8 and 9 seeds in each conference, but only if the 9 seed is within four games of a playoff spot.
The NBA Finals could conclude as late as October 12th. Training camp for the 2020-21 season beginning November 10th, according to the NBA. The 2020-21 season opener would “likely” be December 1st, according to the NBA.
The 2020 NBA Draft Lottery will be August 25th, but only if the season does indeed restart on July 31, with the actual 2020 NBA Draft rescheduled for October 15, also assuming the restart happens on July 31.
I personally would have liked to have all 30 teams play and have the eight regular season games and then move along to the playoffs.
What are your thoughts? Do you like the 22-team format or would you have liked to seen them have all 30 teams participate and plan something with all 30 teams?