The 2020-21 NBA regular season should’ve tipped off this week had the COVID-19 pandemic not changed the course of last season.
Last year, the Portland Trail Blazers opened the season on Oct. 23 with a 108-100 home loss to the Denver Nuggets.
It's hard to believe it has been a year since the Blazers tipped off their 2019-20 campaign.
In the loss, Damian Lillard led the way with 32 points, while Hassan Whiteside pulled down a whopping 19 rebounds in his Portland debut.
That game also snapped the Blazers' 18-year home-opener winning streak.
So it’s time to start a new one in Rip City!
But that won’t happen until at least Dec. or Jan.
Here’s what we know from Adam Silver:
In an interview with Bob Costas of CNN in late Sept., NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said his "best guess" is that the NBA season won't tip-off until the start of the new year at the earliest.
Here’s the very latest:
Just this week, Yahoo Sports' Vincent Goodwill reported that the NBA was targeting Jan. 18 on Martin Luther King Jr. Day as the start date for the upcoming season.
That date isn't locked in, per Goodwill, who reported a Christmas Day start "is still in play."
Shams Charania of The Athletic is now reporting that the league is targeting a start date around Christmas Day with a 72-game season.
More 2020-21 NBA Key Dates:
- The 2020 NBA Draft is slated for Nov. 18
- When NBA Free Agency will begin is still TBD, but the transaction moratorium will reportedly be lifted sometime before the draft
- Teams will receive notice of when the season is set to officially tip-off at least two months in advance
So for now, we will just reminisce about the start of the season in Portland with some of the top tweets referencing the Trail Blazers home-openers in recent years:
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