It was merely a formality, but the National Basketball Players Association voted to confirm the league’s restart plan for the 2019-20 season. The 28 player representatives on the call unanimously approved the proposal, and the NBA is officially headed to Disney World.
Sources: All 28 player reps on the call approved the NBPA's vote. https://t.co/xP7Lij5H0P— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 5, 2020
Harrison Barnes serves as the player representative for the Kings; De’Aaron Fox is the alternate rep.
Per reporting from The Athletic, the season is still scheduled to resume on July 31, but there is a plan to play exhibition games prior to the continuation of the regular season. Furthermore, despite a switch to the term “campus site” over recent weeks, it appears the NBA is adhering more strictly to a bubble environment.
Players will be tested for the coronavirus every day, though the league is attempting to procure alternative tests to the invasive nasal swab procedure. They must remain inside the bubble, and their families have to as well. Families — which will be capped at three individuals — are also not allowed until after the first round of the playoffs to limit the size of the bubble, and will have to quarantine for seven days upon arrival.
For those visiting Disney World this summer and hoping to see an active NBA player roaming the parks and getting on rides, well, the NBPA made it clear that won't be happening for players, nor the family members joining them, sources said.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 5, 2020
One item that remains up for debate is the start date for next season. Michele Roberts expressed some surprise at the abbreviated offseason when the NBA suggested a December 1 tip-off for the 2020-21 season, and the players union agreed on the call:
The NBPA told players 2020-21 season starting on Dec. 1 is “unlikely” and plans to negotiate the date.
Even though the vote appeared to just be for procedure, the details from the call have given some assurance about the safety of the NBA’s set-up with regards to the virus. There are still more particulars to sort through, but the basics are in place for more NBA basketball.