NBA Announces Scrimmage Schedules, Games to Begin on July 22
The wait is almost over.
On Saturday morning, the NBA announced the scrimmage game schedule set to begin on July 22nd when the Orlando Magic take on the Los Angeles Clippers.
Shams Charania of The Athletic provided the full slate of games which will run through July 27th, a few days before the official re-start of the 2019-2020 campaign set for July 30th. Each team will play in three scrimmages before the restart, which will see each team play eight games apiece prior to the commencement of the postseason.
The NBA’s scrimmage game schedule — with Clippers, Nuggets, Heat and Pelicans all opening play on July 22: pic.twitter.com/znph78RAWW
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 4, 2020
Commissioner Adam Silver understands that the bubble format may “not be for everyone” but is hopefully that the league can complete it season and playoffs without the need for a shutdown. As previously announced, the NBA will also continue to do its part in using its platform to speak out on social reform and Black Lives Matter.
“Once we start playing basketball again, the news will turn from systemic racism to who did what in the game last night. It’s a crucial time for us to be able to play and blend that and impact what’s happening in our communities,” an unnamed player told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. “We are asking ourselves, ‘Where and how can we make the biggest impact?’ Mental health is part of the discussion too, and how we handle all of that in a bubble.”
The playoffs are set to begin on August 17.