May 28, 2020

By Al Ortiz

 In more developments regarding the potential restart of the NBA season, it has been widely reported that a proposed 16-game, conference-less playoff format has been proposed. This means, a Western Conference team could play an Eastern Conference team in the first round, second round, etc., much like an NCAA tournament. No word on if these playoffs would be a single-game elimination, or a best-of-four series. 

As of right now, for Texas teams, this would mean the Houston Rockets would be the 10th seed playing the 7th seeded Utah Jazz, the Dallas Mavericks would be the 13th-seed, playing the fourth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers, and the San Antonio Spurs would be four games out of the playoffs. 

The NBA has been in negotiations, as previously reported, with the Walt Disney Company to restart the season at the ESPN World of Sports Complex. Disney, which owns ESPN, would offer the area as an NBA campus for all teams to play out the remainder of the NBA season that was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban,as cited by the Dallas Morning News, coronavirus testing capacity is the only thing holding up the plan from coming to fruition.