The NBA continues to iron out the details for its plan to resume the 2019-20 NBA season. Players from the 22 participating teams are expected to be in Orlando by July 7, two days before training camp.
Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that the league will assign the 22 teams to a hotel based on seeding. The Sacramento Kings will be staying at the Yacht Club, along with the Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns, and Washington Wizards. Sacramento will be scheduled to play exhibition games against three of the teams staying at the same resort as part of the preparation for the seeding round.
Sources: NBA teams Disney hotels based on seeding:— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 16, 2020
-Grand Destino: Bucks, Lakers, Raptors, Clippers, Celtics, Nuggets, Jazz, Heat
-Grand Floridian: Thunder, 76ers, Rockets, Pacers, Mavericks, Nets, Grizzlies, Magic
-Yacht Club: Blazers, Kings, Pelicans, Spurs, Suns, Wizards
One of the most difficult parts of the NBA’s plan for players is being away from family and friends. If the Kings are able to advance to the play-in tournament, they will have spent just over five weeks without being close to loved ones.
Under the NBA’s proposal, players will not be allowed to have any visitors until Aug. 30, which coincides with the conclusion of the first round of the playoffs. Players from the remaining eight teams will be able to book one guest room for family members and friends, which they have to pay for out of their own pocket.
How will players be able to keep themselves busy during the downtime? Charania says the league is working to secure multiple entertainment options for the players who will be making the trip to Orlando:
In NBA's ORL campus:— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 16, 2020
- Hotel amenities: players-only lounge (NBA 2K, TVs, gaming), pool/trails, barbers, manicurists, pedicurists
- 24-hour VIP concierge
- Daily entertainment: Movie screenings, DJ sets, video games, ping pong, pool, lawn games
- Players can attend other games
The NBA is expecting players to maintain social distancing and wear face masks whenever they’re out of their own hotel rooms, unless they’re practicing, training, or eating. The league also sent out tentative game day schedules for participating teams:
It remains to be seen how this all plays out. The league needs a lot of things to go right in order to pull this off without a hitch.
On to some more links:
While the NBA has testing plans tentatively in place, the Kings are looking at an alternative method. Chicco Nacion of The Score writes owner Vivek Randive is considering using a breathalyzer to detect COVID-19.
Which color should the Kings’ uniforms be? NBC Sports’ Jessica Kleinschmidt says purple will always be the way go.
Sacramento’s focus is on making a run in Orlando, but the offseason will be a big one for the franchise. Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley came up with a hypothetical trade Vlade Divac could explore to shed a contract, and bring in a veteran big man.