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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:55 am    Post subject: 2020 NBA Season Restart

I'd been hoping for a thread for all this info in one spot and I haven't seen one so here ya go, I'm starting it. First up an FAQ that was posted on NBA.com.

In the immortal words of Fergie - "Let's Play Some Basketball!"


Everything you need to know about the 2019-20 NBA season restart
Clear answers to questions about play-in tournament, new dates and more
From NBA.com Staff

https://www.nba.com/nba-returns-2020-faq

Q: When is the NBA Draft?
October 15. This is assuming games begin on July 31 as tentatively scheduled.


Q: When will the 2020-21 season start?
The 2020-21 NBA regular season would likely begin on Dec. 1, 2020. This is also assuming games begin on July 31 as tentatively scheduled.

Q: Which teams will be returning?
A total of 22 teams would return to play this season.

Eastern Conference

Milwaukee Bucks
Toronto Raptors
Boston Celtics
Miami Heat
Indiana Pacers
Philadelphia 76ers
Brooklyn Nets
Orlando Magic
Washington Wizards


Western Conference

Los Angeles Lakers
LA Clippers
Denver Nuggets
Utah Jazz
Oklahoma City Thunder
Houston Rockets
Dallas Mavericks
Memphis Grizzlies
Portland Trail Blazers
New Orleans Pelicans
Sacramento Kings
San Antonio Spurs
Phoenix Suns

This is based on the competitive format that the BOG approved. The returning teams are the 16 teams in current playoff positions and the six teams that are currently six games or fewer behind the eighth seed in their respective conferences.

Q: What are seeding games?
The eight remaining games each returning team would play before the playoffs begin. The games would be selected from a team's remaining regular-season matchups.


Q: Where will games be played?
Games and practices would be held near Orlando as the season restart is contingent on an agreement with The Walt Disney Company to use Walt Disney World Resort. It would be a single site location, featuring a campus that would house players for the remainder of the season.


Q: What are the NBA’s medical protocols?
The NBA and the NBPA are working with infectious disease specialists, public health experts and government officials to establish a rigorous program to prevent and mitigate the risk related to COVID-19, including a regular testing protocol and stringent safety practices.

Q: How many total games will each team in the 22-team field have played before the playoffs begin?
It varies by team, but most of the 22 teams would play 72 or 73 games after the eight "seeding games" are added to their regular-season game total. The Dallas Mavericks would have played the most total games (75) and the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers would have played the least (71).

Q: How will playoff seeding work?
The seven teams in each conference with the best records (regular-season games + seeding games) would have clinched a playoff spot. The usual tie-breaker scenarios would be in place for those seeds. The eighth seed could potentially come down to a play-in tournament.

Q: How would the play-in tournament work?
If the team with the eighth-best record in its conference is more than four games ahead of the team with the ninth-best record in the same conference, no play-in tournament would be necessary. The final playoff berth would simply go to the team with the eighth best record (regular-season games + seeding games).

But if the team with the eighth-best record in its conference is four games or fewer ahead of the team with the ninth-best record in the same conference, then we'll have a battle for the final spot between those two teams.

The tournament would basically be a best-of-two series -- where the No. 9 seed would have to win two head-to-head matchups to take over the No. 8 spot.

Current NBA standings | NBA playoff picture & tiebreaker scenarios (<- links, go to original article to view)

Q: Will the playoffs be any different?
No. Once the 16-team playoff field is set, the NBA playoffs would proceed in a traditional conference-based format featuring the usual best-of-seven series in the first round, conference semifinals, conference finals and The Finals.

Q: When is the NBA Draft Lottery?
August 25. This is assuming games begin on July 31 as tentatively scheduled.


Q: How will lottery teams be determined?
The 14 lottery teams would be the eight teams that do not participate in the restart and the six teams that participate in the restart but do not qualify for the playoffs. These teams would be seeded in the lottery and assigned odds based on their records through March 11.

The 16 playoff teams would draft in inverse order of their combined records across regular-season games and seeding games.


Q: When is the NBA Draft?
October 15. This is assuming games begin on July 31 as tentatively scheduled.


Q: When will the 2020-21 season start?
The 2020-21 NBA regular season would likely begin on Dec. 1, 2020. This is also assuming games begin on July 31 as tentatively scheduled.

More tentative details, such as when training camps open and free agency begins, are forthcoming. This article will be updated accordingly.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 9:29 am    Post subject:

"In the immortal words of Fergie - "Let's Play Some Basketball!""

I was at that All Star game, and we thought she sounded great. Then I heard the replay, and man, it sounded way different live than it did on TV!!

But Charles Barkley reaction afterwards may have been the funniest thing he's ever said!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 11:42 am    Post subject:

VanderBlue'sJersey wrote:
"In the immortal words of Fergie - "Let's Play Some Basketball!""

I was at that All Star game, and we thought she sounded great. Then I heard the replay, and man, it sounded way different live than it did on TV!!

But Charles Barkley reaction afterwards may have been the funniest thing he's ever said!


Oh really? I was there live too, although I was working (I'm a makeup artist). I thought she sounded crazy live and craziER when I saw the video. One of funniest moments in BBall for me I still chuckle thinking about it, lol And Sir Charles reaction was priceless
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:28 pm    Post subject:

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:21 pm    Post subject:

Good plan, I’m glad that the league hasn’t done anything to tarnish the title.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 1:54 pm    Post subject:

When would free agency begin? I assume all the players contracts have been extended.

Thanks for the thread, it’s very helpful!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 3:24 pm    Post subject:

Im really glad the NBA is going to come back.

YAY Basketball during the summer!

But geez, this is a double edged sword for the top seeded teams. There is no more "homecourt advantage"

But then again, if we do meet the Bucks in the finals...

They too also don't have home court.

Hopefully that even through this stupid Pandemic, the Lakers chemistry is still strong and play for each other.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 3:29 pm    Post subject:

Thanks TDRock, you made a very nice informative thread.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:31 pm    Post subject:

https://twitter.com/thelakersreview/status/1269425312456077313?s=21

Well this changes things. Apparently, you can sign players from a “pool of eligible players” in the event of COVID-19 positive test or serious injury.

As if Ballmer didn’t already try to sign everyone...
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:13 pm    Post subject:

Win Percentages to Determine Standings

Full ESPN article - https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/29275326/sources-nba-use-winning-percentage-determine-standings

Article by Tim Bontemps, video of WOJ at link.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:19 pm    Post subject:

LakerSD wrote:
https://twitter.com/thelakersreview/status/1269425312456077313?s=21

Well this changes things. Apparently, you can sign players from a “pool of eligible players” in the event of COVID-19 positive test or serious injury.

As if Ballmer didn’t already try to sign everyone...


Yeah that was interesting. I mean the most logical thing is the two-way player option. To me that allows teams to keep a roster without being able to sign a massive difference maker player halfway through the playoffs. I understand they want to try and keep the bubble small but they do have to have some kind of allowance for potential injuries etc.

Full Article Link - https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/29275811/nba-discussing-how-replace-players-due-injury-coronavirus?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:19 pm    Post subject:

Inspector Gadget wrote:
Thanks TDRock, you made a very nice informative thread.


You’re welcome
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 7:16 pm    Post subject:

LakerSD wrote:
https://twitter.com/thelakersreview/status/1269425312456077313?s=21

Well this changes things. Apparently, you can sign players from a “pool of eligible players” in the event of COVID-19 positive test or serious injury.

As if Ballmer didn’t already try to sign everyone...


The eligible pool is going to be guys that probably couldn't crack the rotation of a playoff team.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:00 pm    Post subject:

TDRock wrote:
LakerSD wrote:
https://twitter.com/thelakersreview/status/1269425312456077313?s=21

Well this changes things. Apparently, you can sign players from a “pool of eligible players” in the event of COVID-19 positive test or serious injury.

As if Ballmer didn’t already try to sign everyone...


Yeah that was interesting. I mean the most logical thing is the two-way player option. To me that allows teams to keep a roster without being able to sign a massive difference maker player halfway through the playoffs. I understand they want to try and keep the bubble small but they do have to have some kind of allowance for potential injuries etc.

Full Article Link - https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/29275811/nba-discussing-how-replace-players-due-injury-coronavirus?


Your conclusion makes sense. Turner in LA Times article said that the Lakers would be taking 2 two-way players which probably means Cacock and Kostas.

https://twitter.com/ralph_masonjr/status/1269834861390426112?s=21

I’m guessing guys like Burke, JR Smith, Boogie, Crawford might be in that “pool of eligible” players but who knows and it may be that they have to be signed by a certain date or emergency only signing...
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There is talk of a number of players not returning to protest. Lebron may decide not to return, Anthony may follow his lead. The protests are bigger than basketball.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:55 pm    Post subject:

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There is talk of a number of players not returning to protest. Lebron may decide not to return, Anthony may follow his lead. The protests are bigger than basketball.


Lol, then you haven't been keeping up. There are already reports that Lebron has been making sure the rest of the team is in the proper head space to make a championship run. Guarantee they play.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 2:39 am    Post subject:

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There is talk of a number of players not returning to protest. Lebron may decide not to return, Anthony may follow his lead. The protests are bigger than basketball.


Lol, then you haven't been keeping up. There are already reports that Lebron has been making sure the rest of the team is in the proper head space to make a championship run. Guarantee they play.


I saw that. I think he wants that next ring.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:40 am    Post subject:

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Sources: The NBA's "transaction window" starting around June 22 will include all 30 teams -- not just the 22 returning to play in Orlando. Teams will be allowed to covert two-way players into NBA contracts and sign eligible free agents for the rest of season.


https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1270014112223944704?s=21

Just saw Woj clip on TV, basically end of this month there is a transaction window where FAs and GLeague players can be signed onto rosters.

After 8 games, it looks like a team can only sign someone if a player on the roster tested positive and has to enter quarantine.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:56 am    Post subject:

you know... it could be construed that EVERY game is a Lakers home game. even in Orlando. the only team to challenge us in popularity are the Dubs... and they aren't in the picture this year.

Daikatana wrote:
Im really glad the NBA is going to come back.

YAY Basketball during the summer!

But geez, this is a double edged sword for the top seeded teams. There is no more "homecourt advantage"

But then again, if we do meet the Bucks in the finals...

They too also don't have home court.

Hopefully that even through this stupid Pandemic, the Lakers chemistry is still strong and play for each other.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:29 am    Post subject:

Why LeBron / NBA Are Eager to Re-launch

https://www.nba.com/article/2020/06/06/lebron-james-nba-each-need-restart


ReaListik wrote:
jonnybravo wrote:
JUST-MING wrote:
There is talk of a number of players not returning to protest. Lebron may decide not to return, Anthony may follow his lead. The protests are bigger than basketball.


Lol, then you haven't been keeping up. There are already reports that Lebron has been making sure the rest of the team is in the proper head space to make a championship run. Guarantee they play.


I saw that. I think he wants that next ring.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:49 am    Post subject:

jonnybravo wrote:
JUST-MING wrote:
There is talk of a number of players not returning to protest. Lebron may decide not to return, Anthony may follow his lead. The protests are bigger than basketball.


Lol, then you haven't been keeping up. There are already reports that Lebron has been making sure the rest of the team is in the proper head space to make a championship run. Guarantee they play.



lebron wouldn't even leave his mansion in the hills to come down and protest with the people. You can bet your life savings he's going to play.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:50 am    Post subject:

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Sources: Expected protocol if an NBA player leaves the Orlando bubble: Quarantined for no less than 10 days and must have two negative coronavirus tests.


https://twitter.com/shamscharania/status/1270066412019744769?s=21

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The NBA will conduct performance-enhancing drug tests during the resumed season in Orlando but will continue to suspend testing for recreational drugs, per @ShamsCharania


Looks like Danny Green won’t be dunking anytime soon
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 12:51 pm    Post subject:

oaktown_dimond wrote:
you know... it could be construed that EVERY game is a Lakers home game. even in Orlando. the only team to challenge us in popularity are the Dubs... and they aren't in the picture this year.


If there isn't anybody in the stands cheering, it won't be a home game for anyone.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 1:07 pm    Post subject:

LakerSD wrote:
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Sources: Expected protocol if an NBA player leaves the Orlando bubble: Quarantined for no less than 10 days and must have two negative coronavirus tests.


https://twitter.com/shamscharania/status/1270066412019744769?s=21

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The NBA will conduct performance-enhancing drug tests during the resumed season in Orlando but will continue to suspend testing for recreational drugs, per @ShamsCharania


Looks like Danny Green won’t be dunking anytime soon


I'm sure Bron could help him pass any testing he needs to.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:58 am    Post subject:

Possible Compressed Season Next Year

Per Tim Bontemps

Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said on a conference call with reporters this morning that the NBA has indicated to the league's GMs that next year's schedule could be condensed in order to try to keep the league as close to its usual timeline as possible.


https://twitter.com/timbontemps/status/1270363790450835456?s=21


Schlenk said that could mean more back-to-backs and sets of four games in five nights for teams next season -- things the NBA has actively tried to move away from in recent years.


https://twitter.com/timbontemps/status/1270364359617847296?s=21
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