The NBA and Walt Disney World appear to be leaning torward Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort as the primary host for teams and players if and when the season is resumed, per Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link).
According to Smith (Twitter link), other resorts at Disney are still being considered, and it’s possible that the NBA ends up using multiple resorts. However, Coronado Springs – which features over 2,000 hotel rooms – is believed to offer “the best package of rooms, resources, and proximity to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.”
Here’s more on the NBA’s potential return to play:
- Brooks Barnes of The New York Times provides a primer on Walt Disney World’s sports complex, examining how the NBA zeroed in on Disney as a potential host, outlining the benefits of playing games there, and exploring how basketball could coincide soccer if the MLS strikes a deal to play there as well.
- In an interesting article for The Athletic, former NBA team executives Seth Partnow and John Hollinger express some of their reservations about the NBA’s return-to-play plan, ranging from concerns about safety to questions about a 22-team format.
- As Ben Golliver of The Washington Post details, the NBA appears ready to move forward this week with a plan to resume the season, after months of assessing the best way to keep players, coaches, and staffers healthy and safe. Now, amidst the nationwide protests over George Floyd’s death, commissioner Adam Silver “must plunge forward in a climate where many of those same people are voicing outrage and anxiety about their safety and place in society,” Golliver writes.