Report: NBA Considering Las Vegas Among Options to Finish Season After COVID-19

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMarch 26, 2020

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver unveils the NBA All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP Award during a news conference Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)
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The NBA is reportedly considering Las Vegas as a centralized neutral site for games if the league is able to complete the 2019-20 season.

Jabari Young of CNBC reported team executives prefer Vegas as the location for the resumed season, rather than having teams travel to maintain home-court advantage. The NBA said it is considering numerous scenarios but is "not close" to formalizing a plan.

Young's report indicates the NBA could set up a play-in tournament for the final playoff spots before going into a best-of-five first round. The two subsequent rounds would then be winner-take-all games before a best-of-five Finals.

"It depends on how the tournament is structured," Blazers guard CJ McCollum said. "I can't say I would be happy with it or that I think it's the right thing. I'd have to see how it's structured. I think logistically, the NBA is in a position to experiment with many potential solutions."

The NBA has remained publicly committed to finishing the 2019-20 season, though the situation remains fluid amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

"It's too soon to tell what the economic impact will be," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Saturday. "We've been analyzing multiple scenarios on a daily if not hourly basis and we'll continue to review the financial implications. Obviously, it's not a pretty picture but everyone, regardless of what industry they work in, is in the same boat."

The NHL and MLB have also indefinitely postponed their seasons to help quell the spread of the novel coronavirus, cases of which have grown exponentially in the United States over the last couple of weeks. The NCAA canceled its men's and women's basketball tournaments as well. 

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