As the NBA playoffs continue, Commissioner Adam Silver made an appearance on CNN earlier today during a panel discussion about the politics of the League.
“My best guess is even though it’ll be the 2020-21 season, that the season won’t start until 2021,” Silver said about the start of next season.
“We said the earliest we would start is Christmas of this year. But the more I’m learning and listening to Dr. Fauci this morning, I continue to believe we’re going to be better off going into January. The goal for us next season is to play a standard season.”
Silver then alluded to his desire for a full season – that would include fans in attendance at NBA arenas, and that the League will be taking cues from the actions of other sports leagues.
“There’s still a lot that we need to learn in terms of rapid testing, for example. Would that be a means for getting fans into our buildings?” Silver said. “Would there be other protections from the things that we are learning in Orlando currently on the campus down there?
“And clearly learning from a lot of other sports with what baseball is currently doing and what football is doing and what college sports have begun playing. There is a lot of new information in the marketplace that we have begun looking at. But the goal is to play a standard season.
The NBA suspended their season in early March thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
– – Quotes via Mark Media of USA Today Link – –