We're going to Disney World?
It's a possibility — for the NBA.
According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the Association could look to Disney World in Orlando, Fla., as a potential playing site once the league and its players believe it's safe to resume games
— Stadium (@Stadium) April 29, 2020
Charania notes that a league doctor shared positive information with the league's GMs regarding vaccine trials and medicines that could help alleviate the novel coronavirus, which is positive news for the league and sports fans who are waiting for sports to return.
Disney World itself is a viable option, should the league go that route. It has a few athletic centers capable of housing NBA games, and to sweeten the deal, Disney has already offered its grounds to the NBA as an option, according to Charania's report. Las Vegas had been the other location bandied about in regards to a hoops return.
With the sports world rocked by COVID-19, the NBA was the first American pro sports league to suspended its season. Since then, commissioner Adam Silver has kept the league in suspended animation while waiting for the pandemic to subside. Utah's Rudy Gobert had tested positive for the virus, the first known case in the NBA. The league suspended activities swiftly after that revelation in March.
Recently, the NBA announced that players would be allowed to return to team facilities on May 1, dependent on the local coronavirus restrictions to those facilities.
To lighten the mood, let's rename some Disney rides with NBA themes:
— It's Just Small Ball After All
— Spacing Mountain
— Splash Bros. Mountain
— Twilight Zone Defense: Tower of Terror
— OKC Thunder Mountain Railroad
Please come back, basketball.