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Why Starting the New NBA Season in December has its Negatives

Ryan Beltran

Posted on November 1, 2020 03:41

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The NBA and NBPA are struggling to figure out the start of the new NBA season with various concerns from players and league officials, causing a disruption to find a compromise on a specific starting date.

The NBA just finished its 2019-2020 NBA season after the unexpected coronavirus outbreak forced a temporary postponement which caused the season to end in October.

Now that the NBA offseason has officially begun the NBA still faces more underlying issues about the start of the next NBA season which still hasn’t been technically announced. Last week there were various reports that NBA officials hope to begin the new season this December either on Dec.22 or even on Christmas day.

Still, there are some within the NBA circles that are pushing for a later date around January specifically on Martin Luther King's day. 

As much as having the NBA season back within less than two months would be great for basketball fans, starting the new season in late December might not be the best idea for everyone.

For one, the off-season hasn’t particularly started yet with the NBA draft having been set to be held in Nov.18. Usually, the draft is held months before the new NBA season compared to a month before the season.

We also hear that a few days after the draft, free agency would begin. Then a week after that, training camps would already begin on Dec.1, which would be around three weeks before the assumed Dec.22 starting proposal.

There are a lot of legitimate arguments for Dec.22, especially from a financial standpoint with the amount of money that was allegedly lost from the long hiatus this year.

Many teams like the eight non-bubble teams, haven’t played since early March and would probably want to get back to action as soon as possible.  

This proposal might not hurt a lot of the top-tier and well-paid players, but for many of the roster players trying to earn a spot in the league, a possible negative deduction of player salaries from getting back earlier would affect them the most.

On the other hand, we also have to look into the “rest” factor from other teams and the negative consequences of a rushed offseason.

For example, teams like the recent champions Los Angeles Lakers and many playoff teams like the finals runners-up Miami Heat might vouch for more rest after a grueling number of months playing in the quarantined bubble environment in Orlando.

Another important factor is that the rushed scheduling of the draft, free agency, and training camp within a month before the start of the new season, can serve to be a disadvantage. If you have the draft and free agency period within a two week period, then jump straight into training camp, this could possibly make it much harder for teams to gain chemistry and stability like they would in a normal off-season.

It looks like the NBA will have a hard time deciding when the new NBA season will start so hopefully a good agreement can be made between the players association and league officials.

Ryan Beltran

Posted on November 1, 2020 03:41

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