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NBA to Reportedly Restart Season With 22-Team Format

NBA to Reportedly Restart Season With 22-Team Format Sources tell ESPN that 13 teams will come from the Western Conference and the rest will represent the East. Shams Charania, reporter for The Athletic, says there will be 16 teams that would have made the playoffs when the league shut down on March 11. The rest will consist of five teams from the West who were within four games of the No. 8 seed. In the Eastern Conference, only the Washington Wizards qualify to continue within the new format. After the season ends, should a ninth-seeded team be within four games of the final playoff spot, a possible play-in tournament for the eighth seed may be held. The NBA's board of governors is expected to approve the plan this week. Other details include eight regular-season games being played at the Walt Disney World Resort. @wojespn, via Twitter @VinceGoodwill, via Twitter Sources add that teams will begin training in their respective areas next month and then head to Orlando later in July. Reports say the NBA will hold daily coronavirus testing at Disney, and players and coaches will follow safety protocols. Any team member who tests positive for COVID-19 will be treated individually.