The NBA is considering the idea of starting the 2020-2021 NBA season around Christmas, giving certain teams a disadvantage. In response to the league’s plan to begin next season, Jared Dudley of the Los Angeles Lakers says not to be surprised if LeBron James or other stars sit during the regular season.

Of course, due to COVID-19, the 2019-2020 NBA season played through the middle of October after resuming in July. Both the Lakers and the Miami Heat are the two teams that will have the least amount of time to recuperate for next season after playing in the NBA Finals.

On the other hand, the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics both advanced to the Conference Finals. Therefore, those are the four teams who have the biggest disadvantage if the NBA does elect to begin the upcoming campaign in December.

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Over the years, teams have typically had four months to recover from the previous season. But with the unusual circumstances tasking place right now, teams would have just two months to prepare themselves for the rigors of another season.

Even when there weren’t any issues with COVID-19, certain teams sat their stars to keep them healthy for the entirety of a season. For instance, the Los Angeles Clippers were cautious in playing Kawhi Leonard on back-to-backs to keep him fresh for the postseason.

The league is still discussing the best possible plan for starting the 2020-2021 season as soon as possible. In the event that the NBA gets underway within the next couple of months, Dudley doesn’t want anyone to be shocked if certain players rest during games.