RUMOR: NBA targeting December 1st for start of training camp with season starting Dec. 22
New details have emerged about the start of the 2020-21 NBA campaign, and according to this latest report, the new season might be able to tip off prior Christmas Day.
This latest update comes via Marc Stein of the New York Times:
Dec. 1, I'm told, has emerged as the likely opening day for NBA training camps if the league's plan to set Dec. 22 as opening night of the 2020-21 season is approved by the union
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) October 27, 2020
It was earlier reported that the league was initially targeting December 25th for opening night. As it turns out, however, the NBA might be moving up the original schedule by a number of days. This could be a good move for the league, as it gives them a few days worth of buildup games before the highly-anticipated Christmas Day games.
It remains to be seen what type of impact this new development will have on the other key dates of the 2021-22 season, which includes the trade deadline, the playoffs, and of course, the NBA Finals. It’s almost inevitable that we will be in store for a shortened season, with earlier reports stating that a 72-game campaign might be on the horizon.
It is also worth noting that according to this recent report, training camp will start on December 1. That’s just a little over a month from today, so needless to say, teams will need to ramp up their offseason activity in what has turned out to be one of the shortest in-between-seasons break in NBA history. Then again, we also had an unprecedented break right smack in the middle of the recently-concluded season, and most especially for those that were not invited in the bubble, teams have had a lot of time to plan for the new campaign.