Will We Get NBA Basketball for Christmas? Looks Like It!
There’s no question that 2020 has been a crazy year, least of all in the sports world. The NBA has had a particularly tumultuous year, with two high-profile deaths at the beginning of the year in former Commissioner David Stern and Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, a 3-month postponement of the season thanks to COVID-19, and finally an NBA Finals in September. So, everything got pushed back. But the pressing question was this: When will the next season start?
Remember, everything’s been pushed back by three months. However, we also have to remember that the Summer Olympics were also pushed back, and they’ll begin in August of next year. So, the NBA has been stressing about when the new season was going to start. And now, a breakthrough with the Players’ Association has made an agreement finally come into view.
According to various sources, the stress around starting the season by the end of the year has been alleviated, and the new season will begin on December 22nd. It’s important to note that this will greatly help the NBA financially. Playing on Christmas Day has been a tradition that doubles as a cash cow, and Commissioner Adam Silver will be more than relieved that the league’s big day will go ahead.
Obviously, not all the details have been hammered out, but we know that the NBA Draft will take place on the 18th of this month (so, in two weeks), and there’s a view toward beginning an abbreviated training camp on December 1st before a 72-game season begins on the 22nd. Crucially, the 72-game season will give enough time between the end of the season and the beginning of the Tokyo Olympic Games, where Team USA once again figures to be the favorite in basketball.
I’m so happy that basketball will be coming back before the end of the year, and I’m even happier that all sides are in agreement. Now, we’ll just have to wait for the details to emerge.