NBA ‘considering hosting games at shuttered Walt Disney World Resort to finish the season’ – The Sun

THE NBA is reportedly considering hosting the rest of its season's games at shuttered Walt Disney World in Florida – if and when COVID-19 lockdowns are lifted across the U.S.

Reports on the possibility of games being held at the "Most Magical Place on Earth" come nearly two months after the league suspended the rest of its season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sources told The Athletic League and Stadium that the NBA has weighed multiple options for where to hold games – and Walt Disney World is among those being considered.

Disney is believed to have already offered its property as a possible site for the NBA games to be hosted at, sources told Stadium.

In mid-March, Disney closed its parks due to the coronavirus pandemic.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver reportedly had a call with the 30 general managers and a league doctor, where they discussed possible treatments and a vaccine trial in England, according to Stadium.

The NBA did not immediately respond to The Sun for comment.

Reports on the Florida park being considered come just two weeks after freelance journalist Keith Smith suggested "Walt Disney World would be the ideal spot for the NBA" to finish out the season.

"Many sites — Las Vegas; Atlantic City, New Jersey; and Nassau, Bahamas — have been suggested for this type of event," Smith wrote.

"The challenge comes with finding somewhere that can provide the necessary housing, basketball facilities and the ability to create the absolutely mandatory bubble," he added.

"While many locations might come close, only place can offer all of those things with relative ease: Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida."

Smith, who worked for Disney for nearly 20 years, said that Disney World's massive housing accommodations and basketball facilities make it the ideal location for the rest of the games to be held.

The NBA was the first sports league to suspend the rest of its season on March 11, after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert was the first player to test positive for the virus.

Since Govert's diagnosis, at least 14 NBA players tested positive for coronavirus, according to a running tally from USA Today.

The reports emerged just days after it was said that the NBA will reportedly open practice facilities in May across states where coronavirus lockdowns have ended.

States across the U.S. have begun to ease stay-at-home orders, with more expected to reopen businesses in coming weeks.

As of Wednesday, more than one million cases of coronavirus have been confirmed across the U.S., with over 60,000 deaths.

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