There’s so much unknown right now in the world.
When looking at the sports world and specifically what this potentially three-month suspension of the NBA could mean going forward there is plenty to think about.
Let’s say the NBA season resumes in mid-June, the Portland Trail Blazers still have 14 regular season games remaining at this point and are 3.5 games back of the eighth seeded Memphis Grizzlies.
There has been some thought, though, that when the NBA does return it will cancel the regular season games and go straight to the postseason.
But, let’s say the rest of the 2019-20 season is played out, what could the push back in timeline look like?
Bobby Marks of ESPN laid out the timeframe of this season and next season with this year starting back up again, but heading straight to postseason in mid-June.
How will that impact the 2020-21 season?
That would mean if the normal time period stayed the same, next season would wrap up its regular season in mid-June of next year.
That would also mean the 2020 NBA Draft could take place at the end of August with NBA Free Agency starting at the beginning of September.
Summer League would turn into Fall League and be played during the middle of September.
And teams would return to start training camp in the second week of December.
Interesting when you lay it out:— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) March 16, 2020
Mid-June- start of the NBA playoffs
Early August- NBA Finals
End of August- Draft
Sept. 1- Start of FA
Sept. 10- Summer/fall league
Dec. 10- training camp opens
Dec. 25- regular season opens (82 games)
Mid-June- NBA season ends
Now, just imagine the 2020-21 regular season tipping off on Christmas Day. That would be the best gift for NBA fans; yet, that entire shift in the timeline of the NBA season is crazy to think about.
But, if the NBA wants to get back to its regularly scheduled regular season schedule (say that 10 times fast), the league could explore the idea of a condensed 2020-21 season or really this could be the time for the NBA to really experiment. The 1998-99 NBA lockout lasted for more than six months as they played just 50 games instead of 82.
Could condensing the season or the offseason be the way to go?
How about implementing tournaments for the entire season next year since there have been so many talks about playing mid-season tournaments.
There could be many ways to go about this for the league. And as long as basketball is back, there’s no doubt that fans are going to be way more accepting to change with so much of it happening all around us right now.