In a normal NBA year, there is usually a four month break from the NBA Finals to the beginning of the next official season. This year however is far from normal: the NBA is rumored to be planning for a December 22nd return to basketball to kick off the 2020-2021 season.
SportsCastr News NBA’s Adam Armbrecht and Matt Brooks were initially skeptical upon hearing this news. Matt explained that a start date that quick would be challenging, considering the NBA still has to focus on the NBA Draft and the free agency period. With a necessary training camp as well, it seems complicated to assume the league could return in less than two months.
On their SportsCastr stream, Matt and Adam also discussed how teams might rest players more at the start of the season in order to ease their stars back into action. Teams like the Lakers and the Clippers might want to save Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James for the games further along in the year.
There are certainly other teams in the NBA that would want the NBA to consider a longer time period before games resume. With Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, the Brooklyn Nets are relying on two players who could benefit from more time off after recent injuries. Either way, all teams will be on the same timeline so there will be no competitive disadvantage.
To conclude their SportsCastr stream, Matt and Adam discussed the format of the NBA. While divisions seem to matter much more in other major leagues, not many NBA fans really consider their standing in a division. Perhaps a realignment or restructuring of divisional importance could lead to a rise in popularity for the NBA. Adam and Matt will continue to cover this fluid start date on their SportsCastr streams.Tags: Brooklyn Nets, Clippers, Kawhi, Kawhi Leonard, KD, Kevin Durant, Kyrie, Kyrie Irving, LA Clippers, LA Lakers, Lakers, LeBron, LeBron James, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Draft, NBA Finals, NBA Free Agency, NBA Offseason, Nets, SCNNBA, SportsCastr, SportsCastr News Last modified: October 27, 2020