Monthly Archives: November 2020

The NBA finalizes its 2020-21 season plans: When will the season begin?

Now after weeks of meetings and lengthy talks, the 2020-21 season schedule has been finalized between the NBA and the NBPA Players’ Union. 

This year the NBA effectively conquered the COVID-19 hurricane that ended the 2019-20 season, earned great success from the “NBA Bubble” and honoured the Los Angeles Lakers champion. 

Today, after weeks of intensive meetings and discussions, the second biggest obstacle for 2020 is about to be overcome, which is to close the NBA 2020-21 season schedule.

Accordingly, an understanding has been reached between the NBA and the NBPA players union 

Since closing the opening date of the new season on 22 December, the two sides decided at the Regular Season that each team would play 72 matches. 

In addition, the NBA Draft will take place on 18 November, the free football market will open on 20 November and the rally for the new season will commence on 1 December. 

Below are the detailed schedules released by the NBA to 30 teams for the 2020-21 season:

11/16/2020: Teams are permitted to swap players; 

11/18/2020: Draft 2020 of the NBA 

11/202020: opening of the open soccer market (NBA Free Agency) 

1 December 2020: begin joining the army before the new season (Training Camp) 

December 11-December 19: Pre-season friendly match series (pre-season). 

22 December 2020: NBA 2020-21 opening day, launch of step 1 

5-10 March, 2021: All-Star Holiday 

11 March-16 May 2021: Step 2 

May 18-21, 2021: Play-in series to resolve the last 2 play-offs for each domain * 

May 22-July 22: round-time playoffs

After the popularity of the “NBA Bubble” play-in series last season, the organizers of the tournament agreed to maintain this form of competition by picking the last 2 play-off tickets in each domain.

For the 7th and 8th place teams, they will play a game known as the “7-8 match.” Whoever wins will receive the Playoffs ticket first. 

With the 9th and 10th place teams, they’re going to play the so-called “9-10 match” .

NBA: Official-The 2020/21 season is due to open on 22 December

After days of discussion, the NBA Executive Board and the NBPA Players Association issued an official announcement on the opening date of the 2020/21 NBA season.

As announced by the NBA as well as the NBPA, the NBA 2020/21 season will start on 22 December. 

This season will only have 72 regular season matches instead of 82 in previous seasons

The reduction in the number of matches is intended to ensure that the 2020/21 season can end early in order to avoid coinciding with the Tokyo 2021 Olympic schedule, which will start at the end of July next year. Expected, the season will end around early July and will have enough time for the U.S. team to gather players to prepare for the Olympic Games in Japan.

Previously, there were some opinions against the opening of the 2020/21 season on 22 December, arguing that both the effects of the pandemic and the players need more time to rest before the start of the new season. However, leaving the tournament opening day until January 2021 (specifically January 20, 2021) and reducing the regular season to 60 games will have a significant impact on the teams. 

As a result, the basketball players association NBPA and the management of the tournament reached an agreement on the opening date of the tournament on 22 December, a few days before the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Opening the tournament right before the holidays will boost revenue as well as bring a large amount of money from television rights to the teams. However this will also have a lot of consequences. 

One of them is that early return to practice and play will cause players to overcrowd, resulting in injuries and physical damage during the next season. In addition, the time for teams to prepare for the pre-season period will be shortened. 

Player transfer activities and pre-season training camps will also be significantly affected. Not to mention that the movement of teams to cities that are still affected by the Covid-19 pandemic will pose potential hazards to athletes.