While the choice to proceed to 2019-2020 NBA season is nonetheless in limbo, decision-makers across the league are trying in the direction of the longer term as effectively. It’s unclear if the Philadelphia 76ers’ present season will resume or not. And the beginning of the 2020-2021 season is additionally unknown for the time being.
If the present season does come again to play by ending out the common season or skipping straight to playoffs, there is a excessive probability the next yr’s begin date will get pushed again into the wintertime.
But even when this yr’s season turns into a wash, the NBA nonetheless will not rule out delaying subsequent season’s begin date. On a Friday afternoon name with gamers, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver laid every part he is aware of on the road.
And when requested a couple of “potential second wave” of the coronavirus within the fall, Silver made it obvious there are talks about delaying the 2020-2021 season no matter what occurs within the subsequent couple of months.
“Silver referenced a Christmas Day start,” Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Friday. “Sources said a Dec. 25 start to the 2020-21 season is gaining momentum.” Talks a couple of Christmas Day begin subsequent season for the NBA aren’t new.
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But it additionally feels like a Christmas Day begin might be wishful pondering. When the NBA returns for a brand new yr, the league is hopeful to have followers again in arenas.
Right now, it is too far out to inform if that will likely be doable or not. Regardless of what occurs within the close to future, it feels like a December-January begin for subsequent season is being strongly thought of for the time being.
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated. You can comply with him on Twitter: @JGrasso_