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December 1st start date for 2020-21 season ‘unlikely,’ argues NBPA

NBA, Adam Silver

With the NBPA approving the Board of Governors’ proposal to resume the 2019-20 season, certain dates in the future have been severely impacted by re-scheduling the rest of the campaign. For one, the start date for the 2020-21 NBA season has been pushed, tentatively, for Dec. 1.

The NBPA on Friday, however, called the Dec. 1 start date “unlikely,” per Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The NBPA told players 2020-21 season starting on Dec. 1 is “unlikely” and plans to negotiate the date

Besides running the course of the regular season and jumping into the playoffs after the prolonged coronavirus suspension, the 2020 draft and draft lottery saw new dates announced this week, too. The lottery, which determines the selections for the 14 NBA franchises that did not clinch playoffs spots, was rescheduled for Aug. 25 while the actual draft will take place on Oct. 25.

It’s a serious blow for several NBA rookies, who had the end of their collegiate careers cut short by the NCAA’s season suspension and cancellation of the NCAA Division I tournament. With no March Madness, student-athletes who declared for the 2020 NBA Draft now have to wait even longer until they are officially inducted as professionals competing in the Association.

Furthermore, with negotiations between the NBA and NBPA on the start date of the 2020-21 season, the end of next season will undoubtedly be impacted. There is no reason to believe the 2021 NBA Finals will occur and finish in June 2021 if the league plans on playing an 82-game schedule in 2020-21 with a Dec. 1, 2020, start date.