NBA considering a Disney World reopening plan



It’s “The Happiest Place on Earth” and it soon could be the temporary home for the best basketball players in the world.

The NBA is considering playing its games on the Walt Disney Resort property in Orlando, Fla., if the coronavirus threat lessens and it becomes safe, according to The Athletic.

The league, which suspended its season on March 11, also “has kept different scenarios in mind,” according to the report. NBA commissioner Adam Silver made the call to shut down the league after All-Star Jazz center Rudy Gobert became the first of more than a dozen players to test positive for the coronavirus.

Earlier this month, Yahoo! Sports’ Keith Smith, who previously was an employee at Disney for nearly 20 years, reported that the Wide World of Sports Complex had enough on-site housing and facilities to hold games.

The complex already has a main court, the HP Field House, where high-level basketball games are played. The annual AdvoCare Invitational college basketball tournament in November and the Jr. NBA Global Championship have been played at the venue.

The complex itself sits on 255 acres, according to its website.

This comes on the heels of an Associated Press report Wednesday in which Disney chairman Bob Iger held a video conference with the NBA’s board of governors.



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