The NBA today announced its national television schedule for the first three game days of the 2020-21 season: an opening-night doubleheader on TNT on Tuesday, Dec. 22, one game each on TNT and ESPN on Wednesday, Dec. 23, and five Christmas Day games across ESPN and ABC on Friday, Dec. 25. Denver vs. Detroit - Detroit didn't have enough players due to ongoing contact tracing. The first half was released in early December, while the second half will be released in the later part of the first half.[1]. The 2020–21 NBA season is the 75th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The NBA and NBPA have a provisional agreement that the 2020-21 NBA season will start on December 22. This site is operated jointly by NBA and WarnerMedia. The NBA season is in the books and the Los Angeles Lakers are champions once again, but the focus is shifting to the 2020-’21 season with rumors of a new start date emerging. The NBA initially set a target date of December 1, 2020, to start the regular season. It is not clear right now. The NBA's Board of Governors approved a competitive format to restart 2019-20 season with 22 teams returning to play. The NBA and the NBPA announced on Nov. 9 that they’ve struck a deal on rules for the 2020-21 season, which will start on Dec. 22. They will send a neutral "world feed" and other camera feeds to the network, which will then add commentary and surrounding coverage. The 2020-21 NBA season will begin Tuesday, Dec. 22. "The Board of Player Representatives of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) has tentatively approved a start date of December 22, 2020 for the 2020-2021 NBA season and a … The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month. The NBA Board of Governors has unanimously approved adjustments to certain provisions of the current collective bargaining agreement impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The 2020-21 NBA season will begin Tuesday, Dec. 22. The 7th place team will play the 8th place team, with the winner earning the 7-seed. NBA hoping to start 2020-21 season by December 22nd, end by Olympics. The start of the 2020–21 regular season was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. First five home games played for family and friends only, planning to open to the public at 10% capacity on January 18, 2021. 2 all-time in 3-pointers made", "Russell Westbrook rises to 13th all-time in assists", "Hawks: Trae Young is the fastest player to reach 400 3 pointers in NBA history", "Carmelo Anthony passes Dominique Wilkins for 13th on NBA's all-time scoring list", "LeBron James passes Wilt Chamberlain for third place on NBA's all-time field goal list", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=2020–21_NBA_season&oldid=1005064376, Basketball events postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, All Wikipedia articles written in American English, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. The NBA continues to negotiate with the National Basketball Players Association on other aspects of the 2020-21 season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the regular season has been reduced to 72 games, and began on December 22, 2020. Accessibility and Closed Caption | There will be a 72-game season that will wrap up on the regular timeline with the NBA … The Los Angeles Lakers subjugated the 2019-20 NBA title on October 11, 2020 after the season got postponed due to COVID-19 Pandemic. [77], This is the fifth year of the current nine-year contracts with ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV. Memphis vs. Portland - Memphis had an outbreak. [38] Later in October, Sports Illustrated reported that the NBA was targeting December 22, 2020, as the first day of the season. The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month. The season is expected to feature a condensed schedule so that the NBA Finals could be played once again in June, which will allow NBA players to participate in the 2020 Summer Olympics; the Olympics were postponed to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan. The other proposal on the table hinted at a mid-January start, which would've come with a 60-game season, and cost the players and league about $500 million (at least) in lost revenue. The NBPA has tentatively approved ownership's proposal for the 2020-21 NBA season, it announced Thursday. Washington vs. Milwaukee - Washington's sixth consecutive postponed game. The NBA continues to negotiate with the National Basketball Players Association on … Capped at 10% capacity (roughly 2,000 fans). This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NBA players vote to approve Dec. 22 start date for 2020-21 season Continue Reading Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} … The Spurs announced plans to begin hosting spectators on January 1, but announced on December 28 that this will be delayed indefinitely due to rising COVID-19 cases in the team's market. In a mere 18 days, training camps for the 2020-21 season will begin. ESPN and TNT are also deploying additional cameras specific to their broadcasts, and ESPN may provide a supplemental on-site presence if the local broadcaster does not have enough capacity to support the host model. The season was indefinitely postponed following the previous season's cessation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The plan is to use the same type of isolation season as the 2020 … [81][82], On December 26, 2020, it was announced that Fox Sports Networks had acquired rights to simulcast 36 Toronto Raptors games locally in the Tampa Bay area through at least the first half of the season. 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The 2021 NBA Finals will begin no later than July 8, with a potential Game 7 no later than July 22.[1]. The NBA receives 40 percent of its revenue from attendance, and thus delaying the season until it is safer to let more fans into the arenas would ease the financial pain. TNT also planned to begin doing some games on-site beginning with Martin Luther King Jr. NBA Soundsystem: The start of the 2020-21 NBA season is upon us. Day. [80], To reduce on-site staff, ESPN and TNT will leverage the home team's rightsholder as a host broadcaster for some of their games. Privacy Act, please use the links below to visit each company’s privacy center. The 9th place team will play the 10th place team with the loser of that game being eliminated. The NBA Draft is scheduled for Wednesday evening, and the night before, the league announced the structure of the coming 2020-2021 regular season. San Antonio vs. New Orleans - San Antonio and New Orleans both did not have enough available players due to ongoing contact tracing. On January 6, 2021, the Milwaukee Bucks and, This page was last edited on 5 February 2021, at 20:21. However, the league suspended the season on March 11, 2020, hours after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization and after some players tested positive … When does the 2020-21 NBA Basketball Regular Season Start? The following coaches were named the Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month. As of February 1, a total of 23 games have been postponed: The NBA will stage a "Play-in tournament" for teams ranked 7th through 10th in each conference from May 18–21. Each team would play three games against each opponent from its own conference and two games against each interconference opponent. The Boston Celtics began their 2019-20 season exactly one year ago Friday. The 22 teams returning to play will tentatively start on Friday, July 31. Washington vs. Detroit - Washington continued to not have the required minimum of eight players available. ET, - Sunday, Nov. 22 – Players can sign contracts with teams beginning at 12:01 p.m. This is similar to what happened to the Raptors' Major League Baseball counterpart, the Toronto Blue Jays, who were forced to play their 2020 home games in Buffalo. [32][40][41], On November 17, the NBA announced that the 72-game regular season would run from December 22 through May 16. The NBA receives 40 percent of its revenue from attendance, and thus delaying the season until it is safer to let more fans into th… Washington vs. Charlotte - Washington continued to not have enough players. The 2020 NBA playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 2019–20 season.The playoffs were originally scheduled to begin on April 18. Atlanta vs. Phoenix - Phoenix did not have the required minimum of eight players available. Habitually, the regular season used to begin in … [32] The preseason began on December 11, 2020, and ended on December 19, 2020. The league released the list of opponents for each team, but will release the game dates in two segments. No portion of NBA.com may be duplicated, redistributed or manipulated in any form. If you make a request through the WarnerMedia Privacy Center, October 23, 2020 3:49 pm. Mar. The NBA initially set a target date of December 1, 2020, to start the regular season. NBA Board of Governors approves Dec. 22 start for 2020-21 season If you make a request through Memphis vs. Minnesota - Minnesota did not have the required minimum of eight players. [39] On November 5, 2020, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) tentatively approved a 72-game regular season that will begin on December 22, 2020. On September 22, 2020, the Chicago Bulls hired Billy Donovan as their new head coach. Manage Preferences, Gameday Rundown: HEAT Close Out Homestand Against Wizards. 25: NBA Trade Deadline; May 13-15: Class of 2020 Hall of Fame Enshrinement; May 18-21: Play-In Tournament; May 22 – July 22: 2021 NBA Playoffs On Thursday, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) confirmed that the organization had "tentatively approved a start date of … When will 2020-21 NBA season start? Memphis vs. Sacramento - Memphis did not have enough available players due to ongoing contact tracing. Do Not Sell My Personal Information | The NBA and National Basketball Players Association agreed to push back the start of the 2020-21 season, sources told The Athletic's Shams Charania on Tuesday. [2], Free agency negotiations were scheduled to begin on October 18, 2020, but that date was delayed. [14], The COVID-19 pandemic in North America, which pushed the conclusion of the previous 2019–20 season and playoffs into the fall, had delayed the start date of training camp to November 10, 2020. The 2020-2021 NBA regular season will start Tuesday, December 22nd and and tentatively end in June. Utah vs. Washington - Washington did not have the required minimum of eight players available for the game. All of the games will be carried via the Fox Sports Go app, with selected games to also air on television via Fox Sports Sun (15) and Fox Sports Florida (2). It has been 33 days since the Los Angeles Lakers claimed the Larry O'Brien Trophy and the 2019-20 NBA season ended. Cleveland vs. Washington - Washington still did not have enough available players. NBA Privacy Center | [2], Six teams announced plans to admit in-person spectators within the start of the season. On November 9, it was announced that free agency would begin on November 20 at 6 p.m. Meanwhile, the NBA league office reportedly told the Board of Governors that Dec. 22 is the targeted start date for the 2020-21 season, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania. Orlando vs. Boston - Due to testing and contact tracing, Boston did not have the required minimum of eight players available for the game. Memphis vs. Chicago - Memphis did not have enough available players due to ongoing contact tracing. The schedule will be released in two parts. On July 21, 2020, the NBA and Nike announced that the "Statement Edition" uniforms would switch to the Air Jordan label. [37], On October 13, the NBA delayed the targeted start date of the regular season from December 2020 to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 18, 2021. When the league set the restart calendar for the 2019-20 season, a Dec. 1 start date for 2020 … [33], The start of the 2020–21 regular season was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 11– May 16: Second Half of regular season; Mar. On October 20, 2020, the Indiana Pacers hired, On October 20, 2020, the Los Angeles Clippers promoted, On October 22, 2020, the New Orleans Pelicans hired, On October 30, 2020, the Houston Rockets hired, On November 11, 2020, the Oklahoma City Thunder promoted. [1], The playoffs will begin on May 22 and operate under the standard playoff format, with four rounds of best-of-seven series. [1] Due to COVID-19 cross-border restrictions imposed by the Canadian government, the Toronto Raptors play their 2020–21 home games at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. The 2020–21 NBA G League season will be the 20th season of the NBA G League, the official minor league basketball organization owned by the National Basketball Association (NBA). the NBA Privacy Center, it will apply to data controlled independently by the NBA. Golden State vs. Phoenix - Phoenix continued to not have the required minimum of eight players available due to testing and contact tracing. The season would include a six-day All-Star break from March 5 to 10, although the 2021 NBA All-Star Game and related weekend festivities have since been postponed. All rights reserved. The 7th-8th loser will then play the 9th-10th winner, with the winner of that game earning the 8-seed and the loser being eliminated. | Frye played 13 seasons in the NBA, winning one championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. NBA season start date: Dec. 22, 2020 Teams will be back in gymnasiums for training camps beginning Tuesday, Dec. 1, giving them three weeks to … The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week. Played their first few home games in Tampa Bay capped at 20% capacity. Memphis vs. Portland - Memphis did not have enough available players due to ongoing contact tracing. NBA.com's Carlan Gay and Scott Rafferty talk the opening of training camp, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving's impact on the East and more. The league will release the schedule for the first half of the season near the start of training camp. [75], After looking at several U.S. cities,[76] the Raptors announced on November 20, 2020, that they would play their home games at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida to begin the season. Terms of Use | Here's a possible timeline originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston. But, to start the 2020-21 NBA season, Collin Sexton accomplished something that even LeBron never did in a Cavs uniform. When will the 2020-21 NBA season begin? The NBA is also hoping for half-full buildings when they do begin the 2020-21 campaign. 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To opt out of the sale of your personal information as permitted by the California Consumer it will apply to data controlled jointly by the NBA and WarnerMedia as well as other data controlled by WarnerMedia. [42][43] The break serves to separate the two halves of the season. [72], As the NBA's plans for the 2020–21 season began to take shape, the Toronto Raptors were denied permission to play home games in Toronto as the Canadian federal government ruled that repeated cross-border trips by the Raptors and their opponents would be a major health risk due to the different levels of COVID-19 cases in the United States and Canada. Sixers head coach Doc Rivers is far from satisfied with the Sixers' hot start to the 2020-2021 NBA season. Philadelphia vs. Oklahoma City - Philadelphia did not have enough available players due to ongoing contact tracing. The NBA offseason might ending sooner than many of us expected. WarnerMedia Privacy Center | [34][35] The NBA also contemplated organizing the schedule such that teams would have less travel, with back-to-back games in the same cities against the same opponent. ESPN stated that some (roughly half) of their games, particularly marquee games exclusive to ESPN and ABC, would be produced on-site with an existing hybrid model (where some producers and graphics operators work from ESPN's studios in Bristol, Connecticut). ET on November 22. Confirmed key dates for the upcoming season are as follows: - Wednesday, Nov. 18 – NBA Draft 2020 presented by State Farm at 7 p.m. [36] National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts also suggested that the season might eventually have to start inside a "bubble" environment, similar to the 2020 playoffs. The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association announced today that they have reached agreement in principle on the start of the 2020-21 season, as well as adjustments to certain provisions of the current collective bargaining … [34] However, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver suggested further delaying the season until at least January because local health orders at each NBA city would limit fan attendance. The NBA's board of governors and players' association will hold separate meetings on Thursday expected to culminate with an agreement on starting the 2020-21 season … Share this article 6 shares share tweet text email link Justin Quinn. ET, with signings permitted starting at 12 p.m. On January 9, 2021, Amalie Arena operator Vanik Sports Group announced that both the Raptors and the NHL's. On October 3, 2020, the Philadelphia 76ers hired Doc Rivers as their new head coach. The 2020-21 season will begin on Tuesday, December 22; The 2020-21 season will feature each team playing a 72-game schedule. [1] The playoffs are tentatively scheduled to run under the standard 16-team playoff format between May 22 and July 22, 2021. NBA 2020-21 Start Date, Calendar, Format and Schedule. To answer this, NBA commissioner Adam Silver spoke to the media and said, “The 2020-21 NBA season would start around Christmas at its earliest but is much more likely to commence in January of 2021.” Silver also had a sit-down interview with Rachel Nichols to discuss the same and said, “Without a Bubble, the risk of spreading the virus will increase.” ET, - Tuesday, Dec. 22 – Opening Night of 2020-21 season, Copyright © 2021 NBA Media Ventures, LLC.