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Bucks owner thinks we’ll have basketball in Orlando & Las Vegas in 6-to-8 weeks

Milwaukee Bucks owner Marc Lasry is bullish about the league returning to play in the next two months. We break down his recent comments on CNBC.

A general view of the exterior of the Fiserv Forum, home of the Milwaukee Bucks, on April 30, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

The NBA Board of Governors is meeting a week from Friday, according to Milwaukee Bucks owner Marc Lasry, and Lasry expects some serious progress in getting the season restarted.

In a CNBC interview, Lasry said he expects teams to be playing within the next six to eight weeks. The host asked if they would be playing in one or two sites like Orlando and Las Vegas, and Lasry said, “Yea, absolutely. I think it’ll literally be one or two sites — I think just to make it easier for everybody. I think it’ll probably be two sites, maybe you have the west on the Vegas side and the east on the Orlando side.”

Lasry is just one owner, and given that his Bucks team had the best record in the NBA at the time the league suspended play, I suspect he might be a bit more excited about getting a chance to take home a title. But regardless of Lasry’s personal hopes, there does seem to be some momentum toward getting basketball restarted.

The league is reportedly set to recall players to practice facilities starting June 1st. This comes amidst a report the league is engaging with various Covid-19 testing providers. And Thursday afternoon saw Spencer Dinwiddie tweeting that he heard the league would restart play on June 15th. All of this news and speculation taken together suggests we might see the NBA back in action sooner than later. This Board of Governors meeting next Friday will be a big one for figuring out where the league stands and next steps planned.