After a near 3 months long break, the NBA have set a date for the season to resume
Following Adrian Wojnarowski’s (NBA Sports Columnist) twitter announcement on 3rd of June, it seems that the NBA will be finally returning. Due to the global COVID19 pandemic the NBA was season was temporarily suspended early March and may finally be returning. Sports fans rejoice!
The NBA regular season will not be picking up right where we left off. According to latest sources, only 22 teams will be participating in the season continuation, and each teams will only be playing 8 games. Following the 8 games, seeding will be decided for what may be a shortened playoff as well. The NBA has informed that the season will be set to end by 12th October. Due to the strange circumstances this may be one of the strangest and memorable playoff in the NBA’s 73 years history.
Here is a list of NBA teams that will not return in the season continuation and effectively eliminated from playoff contention:
- Minnesota Timberwolves
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- Atlanta Hawks
- Detroit Pistons
- New York Knicks
- Chicago Bulls
- Charlotte Hornets
Over the course of the next few week, there may be more announcements from the league detailing which other teams will not be participating. On top of that, there may be special rule sets for the season continuation. The general sentiment is a curious one, as nobody knows if the player’s performances will be affected when playing in an empty stadium with no crowd presence.