In an epic Friday news bomb, Shams Charania of The Athletic said that the NBA league office informed the Board of Governors that the new season will start December 22, three days before Christmas.
It has been rumored that the NBA was willing to push back the season in order to have as many fans in the stands as possible, but it looks now like they are going to start right before Christmas! The goal is to play 72 in-market games, and finish so that players have a chance to play in the 2021 Olympics.
Obviously, there still is work to do, and the League and the NBAPA will ultimately have to agree to this. December 22 is a really quick target turn around, considering the Finals just ended, the Draft isn’t till November 18th and then they need to accomplish free agency and training camp/practices, but seeing the NBA pull off finishing the season in a middle of a global pandemic would lead me to believe they can pull this off too.
If things work out, and this plan comes to fruition in less than two months we’ll be watching Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons back in action! Let’s GO!
UPDATE: Adrian Wojnarowski also reported that there could be a play-in tournament. And would include a schedule that looks more like baseball, so a team that would have 2 away games in a city would play both games then fly back home. This would limit the amount of travel needed throughout the season.