AP source: NBA owners approve 22-team season restart plan
UNDATED (AP) – The NBA continues to take positive steps toward resuming a season that was suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The league Board of Governors has approved a 22-team format for restarting the season in late July at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida. The format calls for each team playing eight games to determine playoff seeding plus the possible utilization of a play-in tournament for the final spot in each conference postseason field.
The 22-team plan includes all teams that were holding playoff spots when the season was stopped, plus all other clubs within six games of a postseason berth. That means 13 teams from the Western Conference and nine from the East.
The players association has a call on Friday to approve the plan as well, the final step as the league attempts a reboot.