NBA Commissioner Adam Silver put some speculation about when the 2020-21 NBA season will start to rest Tuesday afternoon during an interview with Bob Costas on CNN.
Sorry NBA fans, but there likely won't be any Christmas Day basketball games this year with Silver saying the goal for 2020-21 is to "play a standard season," and believes "it would be better off getting into January."
Adam Silver told CNN a few minutes ago that he does not anticipate the 2020-21 season beginning until at least January (so is it really a 2020-21 season?) and said the league wants 82 games, with playoffs.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) September 22, 2020
At what point do they just say NBA players aren't going to the Olympics?
With the NBA 2019-20 season scheduled to end in October, a good amount of playoff teams would only be granted a two month offseason had the season started in late December. Certainly not enough time to rest, recover, and train before the following season.
While nothing has been solidified yet, Silver making these comments publicly is certainly a firm stamp of things to come.