On July 7-11, the 22 eligible NBA teams will report to Walt Disney World to prepare for the resumption of the 2019-20 season. We already know that the regular season and playoff games will take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex inside the theme park's borders, but right on time, we received a sneak peek of where the league will practice, and it's...kind of nuts.
On Thursday, the NBA released images of each team's practice courts inside their respective hotels.
We're getting that much closer to hoops action, folks!
Trucks filled with team-themed wooden planks arrived down in Orlando, and workers laid them out in hotel ballrooms. Perhaps the most interesting thing about the layout is that multiple courts will be in each room, so we'd envision that teams would be allowed inside the practice room at specific times in the day.
While the NBA is getting ready to resume the remainder of its campaign, there is some doubt about the plan. Florida has seen a surging spike in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, caused by the state's lax guidelines. More than a handful of players have already backed out of the plan for a variety of reasons.
Perhaps the biggest cause for concern is that the league has seen 25 players test positive for the coronavirus since June 23. Commissioner Adam Silver has gone onto say that if there's a rise in COVID-19 contractions inside the Walt Disney World bubble, he'd heavily consider shutting down league operations again.
No matter the case, the NBA is confident they can get finish the season, as evidenced by the emergence of the 22 practice courts.