NBA Teams Permitted to Bring Home Courts to Orlando Complex
Home court advantage will be difficult to attain on a central site, especially without fan attendance.
That will not stop NBA teams from trying.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Yahoo! Sports’ Keith Smith, Disney World has granted teams permission to bring their home courts with them to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. At the very least, it will provide teams with a sense of home as they resume play in an incredibly odd environment amid a global pandemic.
On the flip side, the idea of transporting a home floor is on the table. Disney is prepared to provide all the courts necessary at ESPN Wide World of Sports, but will welcome teams shipping their welcome their own floors if that's the direction that this goes.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) June 3, 2020
The NBA plans to return to play on July 31st with a 22-team format. The league has set a strict deadline, October 12, as to when the NBA Finals will conclude.
While the opportunity to bring in their home hardwood may be a logistical nightmare, it will certainly bring more of a sense of normal to fans watching the games from home. At this point, it will be up to the NBA to try to replicate the in-game atmosphere for the fans who will be watching the remainder of the season at home.
Either way, keep the return to play news coming!