NBA takes another positive step in resuming 2019-20 season

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The 2019-20 NBA season has been suspended since all the way back on March 11 after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. It’s been a long time coming, but there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is expected to lay out plans for restarting the season on June 1 with the expectation that play will resume some time during the first half of July.

One of the largest components of a return to action will be widespread testing of players, team personnel and family members. It’s estimated that the NBA will need 15,000 tests.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the NBA informed teams that is has engaged in conversations with several national coronavirus testing providers. Charania specifically mentions the following companies.

If these conversations bring about widespread testing for the NBA, one of the primary obstacles to resuming the season will have been overcome.

At this point, the Association plans on resuming the season in bubble cities at Walt Disney World in Orlando and the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada.