NBA Releases Full Scrimmage Schedule for Orlando Restart Beginning July 22

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 4, 2020

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The NBA announced the complete seven-day exhibition schedule to take place at the Disney World complex in Orlando, Florida, before the resumption of the 2019-20 season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic provided the full slate:

Each team will play three scrimmages before restarting the regular season, which will feature a shortened eight-game finish before potential play-in tournaments for the final seeds and a standard postseason.

The NBA has continued to push forward with its plans to resume, and eventually complete, the 2019-20 campaign despite a recent surge of COVID-19 cases in Florida.

Several players have opted out of the restart, and in June, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he understands the "bubble" environment in Orlando "may not be for everyone":

Along the with health concerns, players have raised the issue of the Black Lives Matter movement potentially getting lost in the background after play resumes.

"Once we start playing basketball again, the news will turn from systemic racism to who did what in the game last night. It's a crucial time for us to be able to play and blend that and impact what's happening in our communities," an unnamed player told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. "We are asking ourselves, 'Where and how can we make the biggest impact?' Mental health is part of the discussion too, and how we handle all of that in a bubble."

The regular season will start back up July 30, two days after the completion of the exhibition games, and run through mid-August. The playoffs are set to begin August 17, with the last possible Finals date being October 13.

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For now, the 2020-21 season is tentatively scheduled to begin December 1.

The Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers are the top championship contenders heading into the resumption of play.

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