National Basketball Association in talks to resume season at Disney in late July

Paola Ditto
Mag 23, 2020

The spokesman said the league was "working with public health experts and government officials on a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that appropriate medical protocols and protections are in place".

Some NBA teams based in markets with tight COVID-19 restrictions are asking the league whether players can bypass returning to those cities and report directly to any potential campus environment to start training camp, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The ESPN Wide World of Sports complex is 220 acres and has three arenas with plenty of hotel accommodations for the players and needed team personnel.

It hasn't been determined whether the regular season will resume or the league will go directly to the postseason, which would require fewer teams and put fewer people at risk.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has made it clear that sports are welcome in Florida, noting earlier this month: "If you have a team in an area where they just won't let them operate, we'll find a place for you here in the state of Florida".

The NBA suspended its season March 11, becoming the first of the US major pro leagues to do so after it became known that All-Star center Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tested positive for COVID-19.

National Basketball Association teams have been allowed to welcome players back to their training facilities for voluntary individual workouts, albeit under strict league guidelines, since May 8.

The Celtics' Auerbach Center practice facility has not yet been approved to reopen by state of MA, but 21 other teams around the nation have begun the first stage of reopening and have their practice facilities open. "Teams are expecting the league to instruct them to start recalling players to their team's markets around June 1, sources tell ESPN".

An example of the teams' concerns is Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry, who wants to avoid quarantining for two weeks upon his return to Toronto after working out at home in Philadelphia, according to Wojnarowski. He attended the University of Florida and was born and raised in Miami.

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