NBA restart: What you need to know and how to watch basketball’s 2020 return

Elwanda Tulloch

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NBA stars like Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James (23) are set to return to play July 30. 


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After the coronavirus shut down the NBA season along with everything else, basketball is set to return on July 30 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, inside Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Negotiations between the league and the NBA Players Association resulted in a new deal that will allow play to resume after a hiatus of nearly five months, but the final pro basketball games of 2020 will be unlike any previous year. 

The best 22 of the league’s 30 teams will play eight games to finish the regular season. From these, the top seven teams in each conference will advance, with the final eighth seed in each conference being determined by a potential play-in tournament before the traditional 16-team playoffs.

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