THE NBA’S RETURN

The NBA’s board of governors on Thursday approved a plan for the league to return to action in Orlando, Florida, next month.

The vote passed 29-1, with the Portland Trail Blazers the lone dissenting voice, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania. The team’s star point guard, Damian Lillard, said last week that he wouldn’t participate in games if Portland didn’t have a chance to make the playoffs. The team currently sits in ninth place in the Western Conference.

“The Board’s approval of the restart format is a necessary step toward resuming the NBA season,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement announcing the league’s return. “While the COVID-19 pandemic presents formidable challenges, we are hopeful of finishing the season in a safe and responsible manner based on strict protocols now being finalized with public health officials and medical experts.”

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