Last Updated on June 8, 2020

NBA fans finally have a blueprint for a 2020 restart.

When Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus, it set off a chain reaction throughout the country. The NBA was shut down on March 11, but there is finally a plan for a 2020 restart. The league is going to Disney World to finish the 2019-20 season in a bubble. The 22 teams heading to Orlando will play eight regular-season games and possible play-in games to determine playoff seeding.


  • 22 teams — 13 from the Western Conference and nine from the Eastern Conference.
  • All games will take place at Disney World.
  • Every team will play in eight regular-season games to determine playoff seeding.
  • The top seven teams in each conference will qualify for the playoffs.
  • If the nine seed is within four games of the eight seed, the two teams will match up in a play-in format. The nine seed will have to beat the eight seed twice in a row to advance. The eight seed only needs to win one of those play-in games to advance.
  • Seven-game series throughout the playoffs.
  • Safety protocols will be in place with extensive testing.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, players will be allowed to golf and eat at outdoor restaurants, but they must maintain social distancing guidelines.

The NBA and National Basketball Players Association are negotiating details of the return to play’s safety protocols and competition.

Life in the NBA bubble will be governed by a set of safety protocols. While players and coaches will be allowed to golf or eat at outdoor restaurants, they will also need to maintain social distancing, sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.

The NBA is planning to have uniform, daily testing for the coronavirus within the Disney campus environment, sources told ESPN. ESPN is owned by The Walt Disney Company.


June 15: International players return
June 21: Players report
June 22 Coronavirus testing starts
June 30: Training camps start
July 7: Travel to Disney World
July 31: 2019-20 season restart
Aug. 25: NBA Draft Lottery
Oct. 12: Game 7 of the NBA Finals (if necessary)
Oct. 18: Start of free agency
Nov. 10: 2020-21 training camps start
Dec. 1: 2020-21 season start


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