The Milwaukee Bucks will travel to Orlando on July 9 ahead of the NBA season’s resumption, with every one of their players opting to play.
The coronavirus situation in the rest of the US may be continuing to grow more and more troubling with each passing day, but the NBA’s plans to resume the 2019-20 season at a campus-style environment in Walt Disney World in Orlando next month remain active for now.
In fact, the Milwaukee Bucks now have a specific date for when they’ll make the trip to Orlando and begin their preparations in a very real sense to resume the season.
According to a report from The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Bucks, along with teams such as the Lakers, 76ers, and Raptors will arrive in Orlando on July 9, with other teams who will be participating in the remainder of the season also arriving in the two days prior.
In other words, with just two weeks until that date, things are starting to get very real in spite of the uncertain environment that remains around the country.
Making a return to CNBC’s Halftime Report on Thursday, Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry added some more detail about where things stand for Milwaukee ahead of the season’s proposed restart.
Most noteworthy of all, Lasry revealed that the entire Bucks roster currently looks to be ready and willing to make the trip to Orlando.
With a handful of players opting out of returning for various personal reasons in recent days, such as the Los Angeles Lakers’ Avery Bradley, the Bucks will have no such issues as they’ll head into the restart with their full complement of players available to them.
“[Lasry] added that for ‘players that don’t want to go, I fully respect that’ but also said of his team that ‘every single one of our guys is going to be down there.’”
Of course, Lasry is also currently the Bucks’ elected governor and so will have been deeply involved in the ongoing meetings and discussions that have taken place and are continuing to do so at a league office level. With that insight at his disposal, Lasry also voiced his confidence that the NBA’s plan will press ahead and that the season will begin again, although he did so while noting the league will continue to monitor the situation.
“We’re gonna be in a bubble and it’s going to be pretty enclosed. I think we should still be fine, but we’ll see what happens over the next two weeks.”
Pressed further on if he believes the NBA’s plan will actually come together and play will resume next month, Lasry offered a more definitive, “Absolutely.”
If that does indeed comes to pass, the Bucks will again have an opportunity to pick up their second championship in franchise history.