Houston Rockets: Outlining the earliest date for the NBA restart plan

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
Houston Rockets guard James Harden (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

The Houston Rockets’ season is right around the corner so what would be the earliest date training camp starts if the final issues are worked out? Look.

Houston Rockets‘ believers — it appears that the NBA restarting is going to imminent next month, pending a few more concerns the players have about resuming the 2019-20 season, particularly concerns with health, families being able to join them in the isolated bubble in Florida and if they can participate in protests nationwide in favor of social justice.

Once those are worked out, the NBA will get the ball rolling with ESPN Wide World of Sports complex going from a barren wasteland to a booming area of activity with more than 1,600 people descending upon the Disney World campus in Orlando to get together to finish out this season.

Yes, we’ll be seeing James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Eric Gordon, Robert Covington and the rest of the supporting cast once again soon.

It’s quite possible that Major League Soccer will be there as well as the complex is so vast and has all the facilities that just about any sport could use to hold games, train and be housed all in one central location.

If only Major League Baseball could look at the NBA and what they’re doing, maybe both their player’s association and the league can come to an agreement.  But they’re currently nowhere near one at this time.

But anyway, the NBA and NBPA have reached a tentative agreement on the return-to-play plan with the aforementioned being worked out so the ball can get rolling, literally per se.

Here are the details of the restart:

  • Mandatory individual workouts begin July 1 at team facilities
  • Teams arrive in Florida July 7-9
  • Training camp held from July 9-29
  • Eight-game season to for final playoff seeding: July 30-Aug. 14
  • Possible play-in games: Aug. 15-16
  • Playoffs: First round: Starts Aug. 17
  • Playoffs: Conference Semis:  Aug. 31
  • Playoffs: Conference Finals:  Sept. 15
  • NBA Finals:  Sept. 30
  • Season finishing up by Oct. 13 with the 2020-21 restart sometime in December

The six teams that will be invited to play-in outside of the 16 that currently qualify for the playoffs

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are: the New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards.

They’re all currently within striking distance of the eight-seed so they were approved to join the rest of the teams in Orlando (which ironically will include the Orlando Magic).

This is quite an aggressive schedule but it will certainly get the job done, with fatigue likely not being a factor until later this year because with training camp for next season starting in November, they’ll have about a month to prepare with little rest.

But no plan is perfect and I think this deal does exude compromise on both ends to ensure everybody gets to work, doing what they love.

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Take note MLB…

But I can’t wait for some basketball and I’ll be patiently waiting for July 30 so let’s go!