The NBA will be officially BACK on July 31 … with the league’s Board of Governors voting Thursday 29-1 to resume the season.
Worth noting — the one dissenting vote was the Portland Trail Blazers, according to Shams Charania.
Unclear why — but it might have something to do with Dame Lillard’s concerns. Last month, he threatened to sit out unless the Blazers had a “true opportunity” for the playoffs in a return to play … saying, “I’m not going to be participating.”
So far, it seems most people believe the plan DOES give the Trail Blazers a real shot to win a title, but alas … they voted against it anyway
Which now begs the question … will Dame take the court when play resumes? We’ll find out next month.
The NBA’s returning in a big way … league officials are expected to approve a plan for a 22-team July comeback in Orlando, according to multiple reports.
The expectation is the 16 teams currently in the playoff picture will be joined by 6 more in a July 31 return … all in a bubble-like atmosphere at the Walt Disney World resort in Florida.
Of course, that would mean 8 teams will remain at home for the conclusion of the 2019-20 season.
Under the plan, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pelicans, Trailblazers, Suns, Kings and Spurs would join the top 8 seeds in the West in the return. The Wizards, meanwhile, would tag along with the top 8 seeds in the East.
The plan is expected to feature a play-in style tournament for the teams vying for the 8th and final spot … while the others already firmly in the playoffs will play 8 more regular-season games to determine seeding.
The league is expected to ratify the plan Thursday.
Of course, it’s huge news … assuming the pandemic allows it, the NBA will now join the NHL in comebacks this summer.
The plan also seems to satisfy those with concerns over a return … remember, Trailblazers star Damian Lillard said he would NOT play in games if his team wasn’t given a fair shot at the playoffs.