A Christmas present for NBA fans. According to The Athletic and ESPN, the 2020-2021 edition could begin on December 22. In any case, this is the date targeted by the organizers, eager to start before the end of the year holidays and to develop a regular season with 72 games (instead of 82). Objective: to conclude the competition before the start of the Tokyo Olympics, scheduled from July 23 to August 8, 2021.
According to The Athletic, the NBA is also considering the organization of games. In order not to end up in a new health bubble, like that of Disney in Orlando for the playoffs of the last season, the League is thinking of a new health protocol in the face of Covid-19. It would allow the reception of spectators, in particular thanks to the installation of air purifiers in the rooms.
A season without an All-Star Game?
ESPN also reports that the NBA is also considering not hosting an All-Star Game. This is normally scheduled to take place in Indianapolis. For now, no official decision has yet been taken.
In the meantime, the health situation has pushed the League to take radical action for its draft: it will take place on November 18 by videoconference. Commissioner Adam Silver and his deputy Mark Tatum will visit ESPN studios to announce the selections for the first two rounds. The top pick is held by Minnesota, followed by Golden State, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Atlanta and Detroit.