NBA planning to recall foreign players, Basketball News & Top Stories

Carrie Guzman
May 23, 2020

Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, NBA commissioner Adam Silver is expected to outline guidelines for a return around June 1st, which means it will still likely be several weeks until all NBA teams are allowed to formally practice.

ESPN reports the NBA's step-by-step plan includes an initial two-week recall of players into team marketplaces for a period of quarantine, one-to-two weeks of individual workouts at team facilities and a two- to three-week formal training camp.

The NBA reportedly views Orlando/Disney World as a "clear frontrunner" to host games if the NBA comes back this year, according to Shams Charania and Sam Amick of The Athletic.

Players returning to their teams will be among the key first steps for the season to get back on track before the end of July.

According to The Athletic's report, Orlando is on track to win the bid over alternative options like Las Vegas and Houston, provided issues regarding testing and hotel use are resolved.

Passenger plane crashes in residential area near Karachi with 107 on board
Pakistan has a chequered military and civilian aviation safety record, with frequent plane and helicopter crashes over the years. Chinese Embassy in Pakistan also tweeted a message of solidarity, saying that it stood with the country in its time of sadness.

Adding fuel to that fire, Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie tweeted this afternoon that he's heard rumblings about a July 15 resumption, with Marc Stein of The New York Times noting (via Twitter) that many people around the league are "buzzing about the same rough time frame".

The eventual format of the remainder of the season also remains under discussion by league officials, the players' union and owners. It's nearly certain that only a portion of the regular season will be played in order to make sure that the postseason doesn't extend well beyond Labor Day.

Last month, Sports Commentator and former Disney Cast Member Keith Smith proposed on Yahoo Sports that the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Walt Disney World would be the flawless place for the National Basketball Association to finish the remainder of its 2019-2020 season.

There is also the possibility teams outside the top eight receive an opportunity to compete for a playoff spot.

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