The NBA season resumed late last month after a five-plus month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Things have gone great inside the Walt Disney World bubble with the NBA Playoffs now in full gear. That includes the past several rounds of virus tests all coming back negative.
Although, it’s now looking more and more like the 2020-21 season will be pushed back even further. It was noted before that the NBA was looking to start the campaign some time on Dec. 1. That’s no longer going to be the case.
Adam Silver says NBA likely to delay start of 2020-21 season
This shouldn’t really be too much of a surprise. The NBA has made it clear through reports that they are willing to push back the start of the 2020-21 season is a COVID-19 vaccine being made available to the masses ends up coming to fruition either later this year or early in 2021.
A recent report suggests that the Association could push back the start of next season to at least mid-January if it means fans being able to attend games. Given the revenue hit the league has taken over the past several months, this seems to make a lot of sense.
There’s also a chance next season could include four cities hosting bubbles, much like we’re seeing at Walt Disney World in Orlando right now. Those cities would include Orlando, Las Vegas, Dallas and New York.
With that said, Silver is now making it clear that pushing back the start of next season is in the NBA’s best interest.