There is still no official start date for the 2020-21 NBA season, but commissioner Adam Silver does not expect it to be before the end of the year.
In an interview with CNN’s Bob Costas on Tuesday, Silver said that his “best guess” is that the season would not begin until at least January.
The NBA announced earlier this year that it was targeting a Dec. 1 start date, but with the NBA Draft being pushed back to Nov. 18, it became clear that was going to need to be pushed back.
Silver said that as recently as a week ago the league was discussing “the earliest we would start is Christmas of this year,” but he believes as more coronavirus-related information becomes available that January would make more sense.
Silver also added that the goal for next year would be to play a “standard season,” meaning an 82-game schedule and full postseason and that “the goal would be to play games in home arenas in front of fans.”
Some NFL teams are allowing fans into the stadium in a limited capacity, while MLB is hopeful they can do the same for the World Series – which will be played inside a bubble at a neutral site in Dallas.
Silver said that the NBA is “clearly learning a lot from other sports.”
“There’s lots of new information out there in the marketplace that we’re looking to absorb,” he said.
Any plan and protocols the league puts in place for the 2020-21 season will need to be negotiated with the National Basketball Players Association.