Initially, the season was scheduled to kick off in early December and soon moved to Christmas (December 24). But according to the latest update, the NBA will be moved down again.
After the 2019-20 season closes with the Los Angeles Lakers championship, the NBA executive team has begun with the start of the next season, 2020-21. In fact, planning for the next season has been discussed for several months due to the complex effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Initially, the season was scheduled to kick off in early December and soon moved to Christmas (December 24). But according to the latest update from Yahoo Sports, it is very likely that the 2020-21 season will not start at the end of December or early January next year.
Two months to prepare for the new season
Instead, the start of the season is set to be January 18, 2021, which is also the day of Martin Luther King Jr., an important day in American history. January 18 of the following year was introduced by NBA executive committee member Adam Silver in meeting with the board. This is a milestone that gives teams about 2 months to prepare before the new season.
A lot of people have been practicing throughout the translation breaks to stay fit and they need to rest, both physically and mentally, before starting a new reel. However, the late start of the 2020-21 season will always affect the 2021-22 season.
Mr. Silver said that management wants the 2021-22 season to return to the old orbit (starting October and ending next June), so the 2020-21 season is likely to shrink. Currently, the NBA does not have an official plan in organizing the next season’s competition as well as a regulation on the salary budget for the teams. The audience is also not sure to enter because of the complicated developments of COVID-19.