When will the 2020-21 NBA season start and have any release dates been released?
With the Los Angeles Lakers up 3-1 and in full command of this Finals series against the Miami Heat, it would be a safer bet to assume the Lakers will finish the Heat off in tonight’s Game 5.
Even if this does not happen, and the series gets pushed to a Game 7, the season will end on Monday night, October 12th.
This brings up the question of, when the 2020-21 NBA season will commence, following the crowning of the 2019-20 NBA champions.
Adam Silver speaks out on when he believes the NBA can return
The question on everyone’s mind after these Finals will be, “When will the NBA return?”
To answer this, NBA commissioner Adam Silver spoke to the media and said, “The 2020-21 NBA season would start around Christmas at its earliest but is much more likely to commence in January of 2021.”
Silver also had a sit-down interview with Rachel Nichols to discuss the same and said, “Without a Bubble, the risk of spreading the virus will increase.”
Interviewed NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on tonight’s ABC pregame show – how the events in the NFL this week have affected his thinking on next season, how long we might go without basketball this winter, plus how committed the league is to civil rights causes going forward: pic.twitter.com/NLtmPaCSEz
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) October 5, 2020
Will there be fans in the stands in next season’s games?
As previously quoted by Adam Silver, he believes that the upcoming NBA season would have to be in a ‘bubble’, to help contain the risk of spreading the Coronavirus.
Of course, having thousands of fans in close proximity to one another in the stands would most definitely increase the spread of the virus.
Since Silver did say that the NBA season is likely to start in January 2021, it can be assumed that there might be a 2nd bubble for next season, as it seems unlikely that COVID-19 cases decrease in 2 months.