Basketball may be back in Chicago sooner than expected.
The NBA is planning to restart their season beginning July 30th with 20 teams playing eight final regular season games to determine seeding for the playoffs. According to a new report, the eight NBA teams that were not included in the league’s restart plan in Orlando this summer will have a chance to play in their own “bubble.” According to ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, the eight teams would play in Chicago later this year, conducting mini-training camps and playing games against one another.
The eight teams that would be invited to Chicago: the Chicago Bulls (of course), Minnesota Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets and Golden State Warriors. The league is planning to target September as the start date for the teams to begin training and competing, according to MacMullan’s report. This is good news for young players who need extra work instead of sitting around waiting for next season to begin. It is unclear where the “bubble” will be. The most likely spot would be the United Center after the Chicago Blackhawks were passed over as a “hub city” host for the restart of the NHL season this summer. Chicago is the third largest city in America. There’s many places they can decide to go through with.
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