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REPORT: NBPA approves December 22 start date for 2020-21 NBA season

NBA start date

We might be getting NBA action much sooner than expected. The NBPA has reportedly approved a December 22 start date for the 2020-21 NBA season.

The news comes as a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The earlier start date allows the NBA to capitalize on its treasured Christmas games revenue, while also expanding the total number of games played to 72 compared to the alternative of just 60 games.

While definitely the more lucrative option, it comes at a cost. Teams that went deep into the NBA bubble playoffs have barely been able to gather their breath thus far. It’s only been a few weeks since LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers were crowned champions. They’ll have to be back on the court in a little over a month.

This development also fast-tracks all offseason festivities to unprecedented levels. Not only is the free agency period going to be done at a break-neck pace, but so will training camps (if any), getting new rookies up to speed, and even the logistical hassle of players moving their families to new cities in the middle of a pandemic.

However, the NBA has traversed uncertain waters before as we’ve just seen from the recently concluded Orlando bubble. While things may prove to be a challenge, the league and its players’ association have earned the benefit of the doubt. The only thing that seems to be for certain is that we’ll be watching some high-level basketball again real soon.

Hold on to your hats, folks.