Majority Of NBA's Board Of Governors Approve Restart To The 2019-20 Season


Thursday, June 4th 2020, 3:09 pm
By: Nate Kotisso


OKLAHOMA CITY -

An overwhelming majority of the NBA's Board of Governors approved a 22-team format, which will include the Oklahoma City Thunder, to restart the regular season at Walt Disney World in Orlando, the NBA announced Thursday afternoon.

Twenty-nine of the NBA's 30 governors approved the measure. The lone dissenting voice belonged to the Portland Trail Blazers.

ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday that the National Basketball Players' Association's team representatives will have a Friday conference call to decide whether or not they want to move on with the governors' plan.

"The Board's approval of the restart format is a necessary step toward resuming the NBA season," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. "While the COVID-19 pandemic presents formidable challenges, we are hopeful of finishing the season in a safe and responsible manner based on strict protocols now being finalized with public health officials and medical experts. We also recognize that as we prepare to resume play, our society is reeling from recent tragedies of racial violence and injustice, and we will continue to work closely with our teams and players to use our collective resources and influence to address these issues in very real and concrete ways."

Sources told ESPN the games, practices and player housing will all take place at Walt Disney World. Practices are expected to begin July 9 with the regular season resuming July 31.