Recent developments broke out starting the week as the National Basketball Association (NBA) is pushing to resume its season with Disney, their media partner.
The NBA season is coming back sooner than expected.
Disney is making another move once again after receiving more attention in the streaming category with more Disney Plus titles.
It is now opening its ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida for hosting the remaining NBA games this coming July.
NBA is coming to Florida
After reports saying that the NBA season will probably resume in Orlando or Las Vegas as per Bucks owner Marc Lasry, it looks like most of the basketball action will take place inside Walt Disney World in Florida.
A statement by Chief Communications officer Mike Bass circulated on Twitter on May 24.
The following is a statement from NBA Chief Communications Officer Mike Bass: pic.twitter.com/8gfK5iVXs8
— NBA (@NBA) May 23, 2020
NBA is currently working together with Disney, as well as public health experts, to ensure the safety of its basketball athletes.
With the passing of Kobe Bryant and the recent news from his wife Vanessa about his husband leaving her an emotional letter this month, the NBA is in for another roller-coaster.
James Harden not keen on the NBA’s return until the pandemic subsides
According to CNBC and other sources, Houston Rockets star James Harden said that he would play again even without fans. However, he is comfortable with resuming the NBA season once the pandemic has “calmed down.”
However, he has been also vocal about staying in shape by doing a lot of cardio. With Texas being one of the states that eased stay-at-home restrictions, Harden has been working out at local parks’ basketball courts and attends to team meetings via Zoom.
The Rockets star also revealed Bodyarmor’s US$20 million [AU$30 million] campaign entitled “Only you can make you better” in dedication to Kobe Bryant. James Harden called Bryant “his big brother,” influencing him to start investing outside of basketball.
As per CNBC, Kobe’s $6 million initial investment in Bodyarmor was last valued at $200 million.
Jared Dudley gives us a glimpse of what will happen once the NBA resumes
In an exclusive video interview report from the Los Angeles Times, NBA veteran and Los Angeles Lakers guard Jared Dudley told reporters that when the league resumes, players won’t be totally isolated.
He called the new NBA environment a “bubble” wherein players are allowed to leave, but if players have contracted the coronavirus, they can’t play.
Dudley also mentions possible scenarios for the NBA playoffs:
- Teams will play five to seven games to reach 70 games this season to help satisfy local television contracts
- Play-in games to sort out the eighth seeds in each conference
- Beginning the playoffs with the current standings, which he deemed unfair
NBA fans may need to get used to this “new normal” while the coronavirus is still on the loose, but at least they get to watch their favorite basketball players compete on the court.
The exact start date of the NBA season is yet to be announced.