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Report: NBA games may not start till mid to late June

And that’s the optimistic plan.

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The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has recommended that in-person events consisting of 50 people or more should be cancelled or postponed for the next 8 weeks. As a result, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, the owners are looking at their options. One of which involves a “best case scenario” of starting the games in mid-to-late June in games without fans.

I don’t want to speculate too much, but I would imagine that all kinds of scenarios are on the table right now.

Update: In Woj’s story, he does state that “fears exist of a season completely lost.” However, they are looking at a lot of options.

For now, there’s a working plan that games would return without fans, and teams have been told to search out arena dates well into August for the playoffs, sources said. Teams have been directed to give the league office potential dates at smaller nearby game venues, including team practice facilities, that could spare the use of empty, cavernous arenas and possibly provide backdrops to unique television viewing lines.

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