The rapidly increasing number of corona infected people in Florida could endanger the NBA restart. According to a report by ESPN Adam Silver has therefore already had discussions with the teams.
A few hours after the NBA sent the new schedule to the teams, there are now some doubts about the NBA season running at Disney World in Orlando.
According to the latest infection numbers in Florida, 4,049 new cases were reported on Saturday – a new high. A new record had already been set on Friday with 3822 newly infected people. In addition to the states of Texas and Arizona, Florida is now the new hotspot of the USA with a total of 94,000 infections.
Player union is considering “tougher restrictions”
Due to the developments, Commissioner Adam Silver has already had talks with the teams ESPN. “The league is closely monitoring data in Florida and Orange County and will continue to work closely with the National Basketball Players Association, health authorities and medical experts on our plans,” spokesman Mike Bass told the broadcaster.
The players had also raised concerns about the concept of the league, since Disney World employees should not be tested for COVID-19, although the players will be in any form of contact with them – especially with the hotel staff.
Michele Roberts from the players union explained ESPNthat “stricter restrictions” would have to be imposed if necessary. It is still open whether all players will travel to Orlando.
The 22 teams that will participate in the final round must travel to Orlando by July 9th at the latest. The teams are currently sport/ussport/nba/2006/News/quarantaene-bowling-blutabnahme-das-erwartet-die-spieler-in-den-kommenden-wochen-in-disney-world.html”>in phase 2 of the protocol. The NBA season is scheduled to end from July 30 to October 13 at the latest.
NBA restart: These teams will start in Orlando
|placement||Western Conference||Eastern Conference|
|1||Los Angeles Lakers (49-14)||Milwaukee Bucks (53-12)|
|2||L.A. Clippers (44-20)||Toronto Raptors (46-18)|
|3||Denver Nuggets (43-22)||Boston Celtics (43-21)|
|4||Utah Jazz (41-23)||Miami Heat (41-24)|
|5||Oklahoma City Thunder (40-24)||Indiana Pacers (39-26)|
|6||Houston Rockets (40-24)||Philadelphia 76ers (39-26)|
|7||Dallas Mavericks (40-27)||Brooklyn Nets (30-34)|
|8||Memphis Grizzlies (32-33)||Orlando Magic (30-35)|
|9||Portland Trail Blazers (29-37)||Washington Wizards (24-40)|
|10||New Orleans Pelicans (28-36)|
|11||Sacramento Kings (28-36)|
|12||San Antonio Spurs (27-36)|
|13||Phoenix Suns (26-39)|