A week ago, many prestigious newspapers reported that the new NBA season will begin on MLK – Martin Luther King Day in January 2021. However, a new milestone has appeared.
Over the weekend, the NBA board met with the owners of 30 football teams. Accordingly, the representative of the executive board has set a target to kick off the 2020-21 season on December 22. This information was confirmed by reputable journalist Shams Charania.
Along with that, next season’s Regular Season will be shortened to 72 games per team (compared to 82 games as old). This will help the 2020-21 season end sooner and serve two main purposes.
First, after the longest season in history because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NBA wants to bring the tournament’s trajectory back to the way it was (starting in October and ending in June). The early end of the 2020-21 season will help the next season, 2021-22, return to its original orbit.
Second and equally important is that with the season ending early, players playing in the NBA will be able to return in time to their national teams to compete at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
But as noted by another prestigious journalist Adrian Wojanrowski, the shrinking season will mean that the entire All-Star 2021 event scheduled for February in Indiana will be canceled.
In addition, the tournament will retain a series of play-ins to fix the eighth team to reach the Playoffs from last season (Portland Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies series decided).
This form is said to make the competition for Playoffs more attractive.
No matter which final decision is made, the tournament will be forced to notify the player’s association at least 8 weeks, creating an atmosphere of more waiting and excitement for not only the teams but also the fans.