Even with the NBA approving a plan to resume its season, there are still a lot of questions left to be answered. How will the league keep everyone heading to their Disney World “bubble” safe from the coronavirus? What will every team’s schedule be? When will the Lakers play their first game upon the resumption of the season?
We aren’t sure yet, but here’s what we know so far: The Lakers were 49-14 when the season stopped, and will play eight more games in Orlando once the season starts again, according to the current plan. Of those eight games, the team needs to win three if they want to clinch the best record in the Western Conference, and would need some serious luck to catch the Milwaukee Bucks (53-12 overall) for the best overall record in the league. Given that home-court advantage no longer exists at a neutral site, however, that arguably no longer matters much. Here is everything else we know about the format so far.
But if you’re curious about the answers to the other questions that we still don’t have clarity on, bookmark this page, because below we will be keeping an updating list of all of our coverage as the season gets closer to returning, from how “excited” the Lakers are to begin again, to the eventual, finalized list of which teams they’ll play when they come back.
Beyond the season, there are also other dates to keep track of, like when free agency will take place, as well as the draft, and when training camps for the 2020-21 season will start. As all of that shakes out and gets negotiated, we will keep everyone visiting this page apprised of every update (and what they mean) as the news continues to roll out.