Plan With 22 Teams Has Growing Support

A plan to bring 22 teams to Orlando to resume the season has received growing support, several members of the NBA’s Board of Governors told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne.

As we detailed earlier on Friday, the Board of Governors will vote on Thursday on the preferred format to return to play.

The four formats up for vote would include 16, 20, 22 or all 30 teams. The latter is the least likely to be approved, according to the ESPN report.

The 22-team format would likely include regular-season and play-in games to compete for playoff berths in both conferences.

The teams that would be invited are the ones that currently hold playoff spots and those that are currently within six games of the final playoff spots in each conference. The six-team group would include the Pelicans, Suns, Trail Blazers, Kings, Spurs and Wizards.

If the 20-team plan is approved, the Suns and Wizards would not participate. The NBA needs a three-fourths majority of owners to approve a return-to-play plan.

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16 thoughts on “Plan With 22 Teams Has Growing Support

  1. afsooner02

    Makes sense….getting dame and Zion into the playoffs …or run up to the playoffs equals ratings and thus $.

  2. x%sure

    So there will be a separate camp for remaining teams?????
    That would solve some of the problems of a single camp.

    Ideally, under a double camp setup, the worst 15 would play to 70 games, then have a full single-elimnation tournament to get to who qualifies to the best 16 tournament that would follow. Rules would be strict for the first camp and after likely player turn-downs, it may resemble Summer League which also is otherwise getting skipped.

    a) every team is included so nobody gets stiffed… b) every team gets a chance to be champ, even though it sounds exhausting to do so… c) there would be enough stars involved to attract the interest of TV- watching neutral fans… d) said spectators can get used to the wierd situation… e) if covid19 does go around, “important” players would be forewarned… f) outcomes (illness, TV ratings) would help to guide rules for the playoff/second group, including how many games in a series.

    Whatever, just a fantasy probably.
    Regardless, the situation is, I think all the other BB leagues are cancelled, so the world will be watching those crazy Americans no matter what the setup, if any. And there will be a racial subtext possible for Resumption which may or may not get confirmation (whites don’t “treat” blacks well). Black stars will get a chance to reframe the story in terms of players possessing American energy and forging ahead.

    Ha ha, reality says: The way things are going, Resumption will get messed up trying to match TV viewer expectations, and many will be made mad by the end.

  3. hiflew

    Why can’t they just play the schedule normally? I realize that our world has been turned upside down, but there needs to be some semblance of normality for people. There is enough change everywhere else in life right now to deal with experimental pro sports.

    • I give no fox

      Because with the remaining games and playoffs, you wouldn’t have much time for an offseason before training camp starts.

      • All American Johnsonville Dogs

        I don’t thinks games are the issue.

        Weve already played 65 or so games. That leaves 17 games left.

        You can finish the season in June and do best of 5 playoffs and finals in July.

        Leaves August and September plus most of October.

      • hiflew

        I don’t really care if the regular season ends, but why are they changing the playoffs? There have been shorter regular seasons in the past. Either bring back everyone to finish the regular season or just bring back the top 16 and start the playoffs. There is no reason for any kind of silly play in tourney or a team with a worse record than another in 65 games getting in the playoffs on the basis of a single victory.

  4. Afk711

    Its pathetic how the NBA wants to rig the last playoff spot against Memphis. Straight to playoffs is the only answer unless you make up every scheduled game which is not happening.

    • Sillivan

      It’s unfair to get rid of Memphis if rumor is true

      From what I read, they are trying to use play in tournament to help another team to take last playoffs spot

      • phenomenalajs

        It’s not so much that they want to get rid of Memphis as it is that they think Zion would be a bigger attraction for viewers. My plan that I’ve posted in comments in articles here wouldn’t gain any traction. I suggested round-robin pools in both conferences where all teams within ten games of the eighth seeds played for the opportunity to face the eighth seeds in best of three series for the spot. It would be a four team pool in the East and a five team pool in the West.

  5. El Don

    Bring back the 16 playoff teams, make them play 8 RS games, an East team against all West teams & a West team against all East teams, so they go above 70 & get back into shape, then play the traditional playoffs… & let’s all enjoy some hoops, man!!!

  6. jellbuc

    Why does this proposal make sense. 5 of the 6 playin teams are in one conference. Are we ditching conferences all together?

    • inkstainedscribe

      It’s all about Zion. Eyeballs on the content. If the upcoming draft class weren’t so mediocre, it wouldn’t matter as much, IMO.

  7. Just shut it down and try to start again next season. Otherwise you’re going to see a lot of injuries.

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