NBA focusing on MLK Jr. Day for start to next season

NBA commissioner Adam Silver addresses questions at a recent press conference.

The NBA is focused on Jan. 18, or Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to tip off the 2020-21 season, according to Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports.

Numerous reports have suggested that as a possible start date, with training camps taking place a couple of weeks beforehand. Of course, everything is a guess at this point, as the league is still trying to figure out the wisest steps during a global pandemic.

“Among the issues the league is facing from this unconventional calendar means getting the NBA back on track for normalcy for the 2021-22 season, as in October to June,” Goodwill wrote.

Commissioner Adam Silver has indicated the league is hopeful of playing an entire 82-game schedule next season, with games hopefully being held in team markets, with fans in the buildings, much like is taking place in the NFL.

The NBA is coming off a successful run on the Disney campus, with zero positive COVID-19 tests from late July through early October.

“The focus for next season, primarily, is getting things finished in a reasonable amount of time for the draft, free agency and rest in the summer of 2021 for a traditional mid-October start,” Goodwill wrote.

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