The 2020-21 NBA season is scheduled to kick off from 22nd December onwards as the teams have come to terms for a 72-game season instead of the regular 82.
NBA slashes 2020-21 season to 72 games, salary cap and tax level to remain intact
Just like several other sports tournaments and league all across the globe, the 2019-20 NBA season was majorly impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, causing a halt of more than four months.
After a suspension on 11th March, play resumed from 30th July with the regular season ending on 14th July, followed by the postseason which ended on October 11th. The season restarted at the Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida with the implementation of the ‘Disney Bubble’.
Now with a shift from the usual October season starts, the 2020-21 season which will commence on 22nd December with a three month of delay, will see a reduction of regular-season matches as each team will now play 72 games. However, the salary cap of $109.14 million and the and tax level of $132,627,000 remain the same as the 82-match seasons.
“The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association announced today that they have reached agreement in principle on the start of the 2020-21 season, as well as adjustments to certain provisions of the current collective bargaining agreement impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The agreement is subject to a vote by the league’s Board of Governors,” a statement from the NBA’s official website read.
Shortest offseason in the history of the NBA
The closure of the 2019-20 finals which saw Los Angeles Lakers defeating Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat for the Larry O’Brien trophy, is separated by only 71 days before the training from the next season commences from 1st December.
Finals champion and MVP LeBron James recently took to his Instagram about his reaction to the record small offseason duration. The Lakers stalwart shared a photo of comparing between the shortest offseasons across the NBA, NHL, MLB and NFL and the current NBA offseason ranks the highest, followed by the offseason of 99 days between the 2012-13 and 2013-14 NHL seasons.
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