NBA Return-To-Play Guidelines Now Released
As the season comeback approaches, the NBA started laying out its plans for a restart at Disney World Resort in Orlando this week. The league described its specific guidelines through memos and handbooks and addressed players and staff who want to participate and extend their breaks.
Here’s the summary of the plan:
Logistics And Accommodations
All competing teams of the approved 22-player format are accommodated by multiple resorts based on seeding. Each team should only carry a travel party consisting of 37 people: 15 to 17 players, 18 to 20 support staff, one PR official, and one content creator.
- The Gran Destino Tower at Coronado Springs: Bucks, Lakers, Raptors, Clippers, Celtics, Nuggets, Jazz, Heat.
- Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: Thunder, 76ers, Rockets, Pacers, Mavericks, Nets, Grizzlies, Magic.
- Yacht Club Resort: Trail Blazers, Kings, Pelicans, Spurs, Suns, Wizards.
Each resort comes with 24-hour VIP concierge, food services from Disney’s culinary team, players-only lounge, mental health support services, swimming pools, salons, and meditation exercises and activities.
Game Locations And Schedule
Players will compete at three arenas at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. A limited number of media, team executives, league employees, and sponsors can attend the game.
The games start at 7 pm ET. Before the game, players can practice at any of the seven practice facilities in the park, warmup on non-game and game courts, and meet in the locker room. Post-game, team meetings, and press conferences are required.
Here are the pre-game key dates to remember:
June 22: Deadline for participating players to go back to their home cities.
June 23–30: Start of COVID-19 testing every other day.
June 24: Deadline for players to inform attendance or participation.
July 1–11: Start of mandatory individual workouts at team facilities.
July 7–21: Transfer to Disney World. Players are required to self-isolate in hotel rooms for 48 hours until they receive their test results.
July 22–29: Start of on-site and pre-game training. Teams are required to play three scrimmages against other teams staying in the same hotel.
July 31–Oct. 13: Official start of the games. When the first round of playoffs ends, the remaining eight teams can invite guests to stay at 15-17 hotel rooms in the resort.