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NBA 'hopeful' for return to play

May 13, 2020 12:46 AM

NBA bettors finally received some good news on Tuesday. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, owners and executives participated in a conference call with commissioner Adam Silver and left the meeting "increasingly positive about the league's momentum toward a resumption of play this season." One of the biggest takeaways from the meeting was the newly forming consensus that if a player tests positive, the league won't shut the whole thing down. Instead, the league will continue and the player will be quarantined until they return to full health. 

It's unclear whether the season will return for all 30 teams or if we'll go straight into the playoffs. There could also be an expanded number of playoffs teams. Instead of teams playing at their own home arenas, the league is discussing plans for games to be played in a "campus environment" at either the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando or Las Vegas. 

On Tuesday, the NBA Players Association began texting all 400-plus players and asking them whether they want to return to play. The responses are confidential, but one player has already weighed in. Lakers veteran forward Jared Dudley tweeted in favor of returning.

The NBA news comes on the heels of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announcing that professional sports (NBA, MLB, NHL and NFL) can resume in Arizona without fans this Saturday. 

At the time the NBA shut down in early March, teams had played roughly 65 games of their 82-game regular season schedule. 

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