NBA moves up target start date; league has idea of team’s opponents

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After the return-to-play date was set at July 31, the NBA is now hoping to resume play in Orlando one day earlier on July 30.

The NBA is targeting a slightly earlier date for the restart of the season in Orlando, sources tell ESPN: July 30.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 11, 2020

Moving the start date up one day won’t have a major effect, as teams are expected to have to play at least one set of back-to-back games during the eight “seeding games.”

Those who make the playoffs will also possibly have to play a back-to-back set in the first round.

However, each extra day that the NBA has could prove to come in handy.

It’s also worth noting that July 30 is a Thursday, a night that usually features a TNT doubleheader during the regular season.

This makes some more sense in terms of attracting TV viewers.

The NBA reportedly has a general idea of everyone’s opponents and is working on strength of schedule, according to Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press.

The NBA has a general idea of everyone’s opponents and is working on strength of schedule, etc. As Woj just said, July 30 for the start date is on the radar screen as well. Lots of moving parts still to nail down, as you might expect.

— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) June 11, 2020 Previous articleTimberwolves’ executive Gersson Rosas calls for more “diverse perspectives” in pro sports

I graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in journalism. I have loved the game of basketball since I began playing at the age of 5. As I got older, the NBA and international players became my passion; now, I get to write about them.

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