Adam Silver reveals ‘best guess’ for start of 2020-21 NBA season
On Tuesday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said his “best guess” for the start date of the 2020-21 regular season would be some time towards the beginning of 2021.
Speaking with Bob Costas on CNN, Silver acknowledged the uncertainty surrounding the future NBA calendar as the country struggles through the coronavirus pandemic.
“I continue to believe we’re going to be better off getting into January,” Adam Silver said as he also noted that they thought “the earliest” the new season could start is Christmas.
The NBA initially aimed to begin the 2020-21 regular season on Dec. 1, but Silver admitted last August that the tentative date was “a little bit early.”
Despite the delayed start, Silver intends on putting on an 82-game and full postseason slate next campaign. Ideally, he would also like to find ways to have fans in attendance.
“The goal would be to play games in home arenas in front of fans,” he said, as transcribed by Forbes. “But there’s still a lot that we need to learn in terms of rapid testing,” Silver said. “Would that be a means of getting fans into our buildings? Will there be other protections?”
The commissioner said the NBA is “clearly learning a lot from other sports” in terms of playing through COVID-19. He specifically cited the MLB, NFL, and college sports.
“There’s lots of new information out there in the marketplace that we’re looking to absorb,” he added.
The latest possible game in the bubble — Game 7 of the Finals — is scheduled for Oct. 13. The draft was just pushed back to Nov. 18, and free agency will likely be delayed to a date soon after that.