The NBA will resume the season on July 31

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The NBA is officially back!

A day after Commissioner Adam Silver reportedly submitted a proposal for the resumption of the 2019-2020 NBA Season, the league released a statement announcing the approval of that proposal.

The NBA Board of Governors today approved a competitive format to restart the 2019-20 season with 22 teams returning to play and a tentative start date of Friday, July 31.

NBA Statement

This approval by the Board of Governors is the first step in the league making a return. There is still a lot of work to be done to ensure the safety of everyone who will still take part in the abbreviated season. The league has yet to get the approval from Disney to use the Disney World Resort facilities to host their games.

This news also comes at a time where the players in the league are not only joining, but some are even leading Black Lives Matter protests around the country.

Silver recognizes this current climate along with the pandemic and was quick to assure the players, coaches and officials that they will work together with them through this moment.

“The Board’s approval of the restart format is a necessary step toward resuming the NBA season. While the COVID-19 pandemic presents formidable challenges, we are hopeful of finishing the season in a safe and responsible manner based on strict protocols now being finalized with public health officials and medical experts.  We also recognize that as we prepare to resume play, our society is reeling from recent tragedies of racial violence and injustice, and we will continue to work closely with our teams and players to use our collective resources and influence to address these issues in very real and concrete ways.”

Commissioner Adam Silver

The 22 teams who will be part of the resumption will take part in eight seeding games with a possible play-in tournament for the final Playoff seeds depending on the records after the seeding games. The games will tentatively run from July 31 to no later than October 12.

The rest of the NBA’s schedule is as follows: the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery is now moved to August 25, the 2020 NBA Draft will on October 15 and the 2020-21 NBA regular season would tentatively begin on December 1.