Memes, maps and Dame Time: Teams react to 2020 NBA schedule release

The 2020 NBA schedule was unveiled Friday for the 22 teams who will travel to the to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando to restart the season next month. Each team will play eight seeding games to set the field for the 2020 NBA playoffs, starting July 30 and ending Aug. 14, with potential play-in games on Aug. 15 and 16.

Players and teams reacted quickly to the unveiling of the new set of 88 games on social media. The Utah Jazz will take on the New Orleans Pelicans in the first game at the Walt Disney World campus setup, and they sent the opening salvo on Twitter.

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The Memphis Grizzlies enter the restart as the 8-seed in the West, 3.5 games up on the Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings, and it doesn’t look like Ja Morant & Co. are ready to concede that spot.

The Philadelphia 76ers got their fans ready with a custom highlight reel featuring plays against each of their eight restart opponents.

The Sacramento Kings latched on to the NBA’s new slogan of “A Whole New Game” — even if they won’t be able to use a magic lamp to wish their way into the playoffs.

The Phoenix Suns took the Walt Disney World theme to an entirely different level, presenting their schedule as a (not entirely accurate, but still incredibly fun) map of the resort.

Meanwhile, the Kings took a more meme-friendly approach to their schedule.

Not surprisingly, Gordon Hayward and the Boston Celtics took a more straightforward approach, with a simple message for the rest of the NBA: “We’ll be ready.”

And when it comes to being ready, the Celtics will have company.

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