Beal is skeptical NBA can start in late December: 'definitely surprised'

Chase Hughes
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Beal is skeptical NBA can start in late December originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Though there is some momentum towards the NBA starting its 2020-21 season in late December, Wizards guard Bradley Beal is skeptical the league can make that happen.

He recently joined J.J. Redick's podcast 'The Old Man and the Three' and explained how he and other players were "blindsided" by the reports of a Dec. 22 start date.

"Definitely surprised. I was under the impression we wouldn't start until February at the earliest, probably, and looking at March as a legit start date. So, I was definitely surprised by that," he said. 

"It definitely changes my routine and how I'm working out to approach the rest of this winter up until the season. It's tough. I don't think a lot of guys are going to go for it because of the quick turnaround, especially guys who were down in the bubble for 100-plus days."

Beal mentioned how the players association will weigh in on the matter and suggested there may be many opposed to the idea.

"I don't think the 22nd is going to sit," he said.

Beal hasn't played in a game since March, as he opted out of the bubble in July. Those who did play on the Wizards roster have already had over two months of an offseason.

So, the turnaround may not be a problem for the Wizards to start in late December. But, as Beal notes, it is fair to wonder how this would affect teams like the Lakers and Heat who just wrapped up the NBA postseason earlier this month.

A recent report by Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports says a group of players are pushing for Jan. 18, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Perhaps the two sides can find a way to meet in the middle.

Just like the deal for the restart in Orlando, it may be difficult for the NBA to make all sides happy.