NBA Owners approve restart plan

The NBA is getting closer to its return as a 22-team format was approved by owners on Thursday. All games will take place at the Disney campus in Florida.

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June 5, 2020 - 3:18 PM

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks the ball in the third quarter of their NBA game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, on Thursday, February 20, 2020. The Bucks won the game, 126-106. Photo by Mike Mulholland/TNS

The NBA took a major step toward getting back on the court Thursday, with the league’s Board of Governors approving a 22-team format for restarting the league season next month at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida.

The vote was 29-1, with Portland casting the dissenting vote, said a person with knowledge of the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the league did not publicly release voting details. The National Basketball Players Association has scheduled a meeting for Friday to vote on the plan.

Teams would arrive at Disney around July 7 and play an eight-game slate of games starting July 31 at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports complex. All teams will stay, practice and play at Disney and the NBA Finals — which would have started Thursday if not for the coronavirus pandemic that caused the NBA to suspend its season on March 11 — will likely stretch into October.

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