Reports: NBA Targeting Late December Start Date For Upcoming Season

The next NBA season could be here sooner than we thought.

Friday morning ESPN initially reported a Christmas Day start date and “fewer than 82 games” for the 2020-21 season. However, Shams Charania of the Athletic and Stadium reports Dec. 22nd as the potential start for a 72-game season.

Whoever is right, NBA fans will be thrilled to have the NBA back just two months after the NBA Finals ended.

Charania Reporting

This report includes that the 72-game season would end in time for players to participate in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

“The goal for us next season is to play a standard season, 82-game season and playoffs. In home arenas, in front of fans,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said last month.

Adrian Wojnarowski’s Reporting

After Charania’s Tweet was posted, ESPN’s Senior NBA Insider put out an updated scenario.

ESPN contracted “Numerous teams” who “weren’t sure such a timeline was feasible.” Other teams are “pushing for a start around Martin Luther King Day weekend in mid-January, sources said.”

The league is also considering an in-season tournament, which has been rumored for a few years, and play-in scenarios ESPN reports. The NBA used the play-in game option for the NBA Bubble, which allowed the Blazers to make the postseason.

Wojnarowski also reports the NBA could use a baseball-style setup for scheduling games.

This idea just makes sense, given the circumstances. It limits travel. It allows teams to play most, if not all, teams in the league.

Also, we might lose the NBA All-Star Game next season.

To be honest, whenever the NBA comes back, we’ll be glad to have the Portland Trail Blazers back in action.

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