NBA targeting October finish after restart

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 4 Jun 2020

The NBA is aiming to complete the 2020 season by mid-October, reports said, as the league edges towards a return from the coronavirus shutdown.

According to a time frame due to be voted on by the league's Board of Governors today, Game Seven of the NBA Finals would take place no later than October 12, ESPN reported.

The NBA and NBA Players Association are still finalizing the details of the resumption of the season, which was halted on March 11 as the coronavirus pandemic erupted.

All games are expected to be within the confines of Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida, with all teams remaining on site to minimize the risk of Covid-19 outbreaks.

ESPN reported there was overwhelming support for the plan being recommended by league commissioner Adam Silver.

The restart is expected to include a two-week quarantine for players in their home cities, one to two weeks of workouts at team facilities followed by two-week training camps.

The regular season was halted abruptly after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive.

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