NBA plans 22-team return July 31 in Orlando, per report

first_imgIn April, Clippers coach Doc Rivers also talked about how hungry his squad — which had won nine of its previous 10 games — was to get going again.“Our guys could feel it, we started understanding each other, we started down the stretch of games, we were playing seamlessly through Kawhi (Leonard) and PG (Paul George), it wasn’t forced anymore. Guys weren’t trying to stay out of each other’s way … I really thought we were about to make a crazy run down the stretch and unfortunately, bam, it stopped.” Reported to be joining the 16 current playoff teams in Orlando: New Orleans, Portland, Phoenix, Sacramento and San Antonio in the West and Washington in the East.According to Wojnarowski, the expectation is that the NBA Draft and the start of free agency would follow in sequential order in October.When the NBA season was suspended March 11, the Lakers (49-14) were leading the Western Conference and the Clippers (44-20) were in second place.In April, LeBron James said he hoped the Lakers would be able to finish the season that had already proved both challenging and rewarding.“I don’t think I’d be able to have any closure if we do not have an opportunity to finish this season,” James said. “I will have some satisfaction on just being with my brothers … some of the games that we lost, some of the games that we won, some of the games that we overcame and then everything that we’ve been going through this season, the ups and downs, not only on the floor, but off the floor.” Photos: Lakers defeat Trail Blazers in Game 4 of first-round playoff series Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Related Articles On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead center_img Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ The NBA has its plan to bounce back.According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the league intends to have 22 teams resume play starting July 31 in Orlando. The NBA’s Board of Governors has a call Thursday morning to ratify the plan.Each of the 22 teams — 13 from the Western Conference and nine from the Eastern Conference — reportedly will play eight regular season games in Orlando for playoff seeding purposes, with a play-in format that requires a double-elimination format for the 8th seed and a single-elimination for the 9th seed. (If the 9th seed is more than four games behind the 8th, No. 8 reportedly will make playoffs; if it’s fewer than four games back, there will be a play-in tournament.)The proposed timeline for teams reportedly will establish Oct. 12 as the last possible date for an NBA Finals Game 7. Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory last_img read more