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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.

Filipino’s “teenage talent” basketball finally passed the college level to the NBA G-League

Kai Sotto, an 18-year-old Filipino basketball talent, has agreed to sign an official deal with the NBA G-League next season.

According to reports confirmed by Shams Charania, popular journalist for The Athletic Newspaper, Kai Sotto, a young talented Filipino basketball player, has officially signed a professional contract with the NBA G-League (NBA League).

With a height of up to 2m18 and superior ball playing capabilities compared to players in Southeast Asia, Kai Sotto has long been regarded by experts as completely capable of joining the NBA if properly established. Way. Way. Coming to the United States from April 2019 and practicing the Skills Academy in Atlanta, it is now time for the young stars of the Philippines to prove themselves.

This is not the first time that Kai Sotto has drawn the interest of experts around the world

Before that, both Spanish basketball giants Real Madrid and Barcelona followed the philippines’ juvenile prodigy. There were details about the Spanish Royal Team promising a salary of $1 million to get Kai Sotto ‘s signature.

At the time, Kai Sotto had to choose between playing basketball in Europe or attending the NCAA (American College Basketball Tournament) before entering the NBA. But with the NBA G-League having changed its recruiting policies over the years, Kai Sotto made his own choices.

Officially signed with the NBA G-League Tournament, Kai Sotto, along with the best talents in the United States such as Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd and Daishen Nix, will take steps to prepare for the journey in the future. All of them will receive a contract of up to six numbers and the number one talent of the United States in 2021, and Jalen Green will receive around $500,000 for a year of competition.

The NBA G-League has also picked up this idea of encouraging high school talent to be hired in order to be able to enter the business world faster. In addition, players can still earn a full scholarship from Arizona State University if they do want a bachelor’s degree later.