The NBA is discussing delaying the 2020-21 season until as late as December.
Adam Silver and the NBA board of governors discussed the postponement of the 2020-21 season until December, on Friday.
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ESPN reports that the league prefers to wait until fans will be able to purchase tickets to as many games as possible before beginning the 2020-21 season.
“If you start in December, that doesn’t mean the people are coming back in December, but maybe they’re back by March,” one member of the board of governors tells ESPN.
The future of the 2020-21 season relies heavily on if and when the current NBA season returns. Rumors regarding the all-together cancelation of the season provoked a response from Lakers’ Star on Twitter, this week: “Saw some reports about execs and agents wanting to cancel season??? That’s absolutely not true. Nobody I know saying anything like that. As soon as it’s safe we would like to finish our season. I’m ready and our team is ready. Nobody should be canceling anything.”
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver spoke with reporters regarding the return of the season, last month: “I think there is still too much uncertainty at this point to say precisely how we move forward. I’ll add that the underlying principle remains the health and well-being of NBA players and everyone involved. We begin with that as paramount.”
Discussions regarding the 2019-20 and 2020-21 season will continue.