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NBPA approves NBA plan to resume season, still has some details left to iron out

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There was a lot of celebrating when the NBA Board of Governor’s (almost) unanimously voted to approve a plan to resume the 2019-20 season at Disney World, but there was still one major potential hurdle that the league had to clear before making its return: Getting clearance from the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), the union representing the league’s players.

According to some of the league’s most reliable newsbreakers, that hurdle has been cleared. With NBPA approval, basketball is officially going to Disney World:

Danny Green is the Lakers’ player representative, with Jared Dudley serving as the team’s alternate rep. This is important to know, because there are still a few details left to be negotiated before this is absolutely set in stone:

And from the sound of things, those are far from the only things that are still left to be figured out before the resumption of the season begins, but it does sound incredibly unlikely that this will fall apart entirely at this point. The union also still is telling its players it’s going to negotiate the start of next season as well, something that was expected but still worth noting as a potential snag:

We also got the first concrete details on the testing protocol the league will put in place for players:

It remains unknown if this same standard of testing will apply to coaches, other team employees and resort staff also in the league’s bubble. Still, all of this makes it as close to a certainty as it possibly can be that we will see some form of NBA basketball in the next few months.

To paraphrase a certain anonymous Lakers coach, “let’s roll, baby.”

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