Coronavirus Reopenings

Knicks Among 8 N.B.A. Teams Allowed to Create Home City Bubbles

The eight N.B.A. teams that did not qualify for the season’s restart at Walt Disney World in Florida can create bubbles and hold voluntary group workouts at their team facilities beginning in mid-September, the league and its players’ union announced on Tuesday. The provision applies to teams like the Knicks and the Golden State Warriors, …

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Breanna Stewart Is Ready for Her Old Normal: Winning Championships

Along with the rest of the world, athletes have had their careers upended by the coronavirus pandemic. They are giving The New York Times an intimate look at their journeys in periodic installments through the rest of the year. Read Stewart’s previous installments here and here. At long last, Breanna Stewart’s W.N.B.A. comeback was set …

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W.N.B.A. Preview: With Sabrina Ionescu, the Liberty Hit Refresh

The W.N.B.A. season begins Saturday with everything a basketball fan could want, from a wave of intriguing rookies to a slate of superstar veterans ready to win another championship. Below, our reporters tell you what to expect this season in the W.N.B.A.’s Eastern Conference. (And click here for our preview of the race in the …

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As N.B.A. Forges Ahead, LeBron James Is ‘Ready for This Moment’

LOS ANGELES — As N.B.A. teams migrate to Florida for the N.B.A.’s scheduled restart later this month, players have expressed a range of concerns. They are concerned about the coronavirus, and Florida’s status as one of the pandemic’s hot spots. They are concerned about being separated from their families. They are concerned about being stuck …

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Sports Are Returning. Virus Cases Are Rising. How Many Is Too Many?

It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. The return of major sports in the United States from their coronavirus-caused breaks was supposed to coincide with flattened curves and reduced concerns about infection and death rates and hospitalizations. Instead, cases are skyrocketing, and concerns are rising with them. The worry is perhaps most profound in Florida, …

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Despite Virus Spike, N.B.A. Is ‘Very Comfortable’ With Florida Plan

Despite what Adam Silver, the N.B.A. commissioner, described as an “increased” level of concern over a significant rise of coronavirus cases in Florida, the league moved forward on several fronts Friday by formalizing its plans to restart the 2019-20 season at Walt Disney World near Orlando. The league and the National Basketball Players Association jointly …

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The NBA 113-Page Rule Book for Their July ‘Disney Bubble’ Return

An anonymous tip line to report rules violations. Preapproved golf outings. Protocols for how to properly disinfect basketballs. Table tennis is allowed — but singles, no doubles. The N.B.A. on Tuesday night detailed its elaborate plan for resuming play this summer by sending a 113-page handbook to team personnel, with a heavy emphasis on health …

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W.N.B.A. Union Mulling Plans to Start Season as Early as July

The union representing the players of the W.N.B.A. is mulling over proposals to start its coronavirus-delayed 2020 season, with the league hoping to begin play as early as next month. The season was postponed because of the pandemic in early April, before training camps even opened. The league has been formulating plans for an abbreviated, …

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N.B.A. Owners Set a July 31 Restart, All in Florida

N.B.A. owners on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a restart plan featuring 22 of the league’s 30 teams at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida in July to complete what the league described as the “first formal step among many required to resume the season.” The single-site proposal was ratified by a vote of 29 to 1, …

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N.B.A. Team Owners to Vote on 22-Team Plan to Resume Season

The N.B.A. will formally present a return-to-play plan to owners on Thursday that calls for 22 of its 30 teams to resume the 2019-20 season at Walt Disney World in Orlando in late July, according to several people familiar with the league’s intentions. The structure requires the voting support of at least 23 owners, but …

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The N.B.A. May Return Too Soon

Building up to Friday’s virtual meeting between ownership representatives from the league’s 30 teams and Commissioner Adam Silver, league officials are lasering in on a scheduling format to present to the players’ union to finish out a rebooted 2019-20 season. Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, advised me Monday that he thought it …

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N.B.A. in Talks to Resume Season at Walt Disney World Resort

The N.B.A. is in the early stages of discussions with the Walt Disney Company to restart its suspended season in late July at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, a league spokesman said Saturday. The restart, said Mike Bass, the spokesman, would be at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which would act …

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