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Adam Silver’s “best guess” is next NBA season won’t commence until 2021

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The NBA will likely miss out on Christmas Day games.

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The NFL gets Thanksgiving, and the NBA gets Christmas.

That’s how it’s been for the last few years, and the former will be true of 2020. At least of now it’s looking like the NFL will continue to dominate headlines for most of the fall and well into the winter.

Sadly, the latter is looking more and more doubtful as Adam Silver, in an interview with CNN, recently said that his “best guess” is that the league will forego starting their season on Christmas Day and will instead push it back till January if not later into 2021.

Silver, within the last few weeks, said that the earliest the league would start is Christmas Day, yet for now, that suggestion seems a bit ambitious.

Moving out of a bubble and into separate stadiums seems like a gamble for the NBA. Sports like baseball and football get some help from just being outdoors where Covid-19 isn’t spread as easily.

He did admit that even the early January timeline is just his guess as there is information flowing in on Covid-19 and the potential for a vaccine seemingly daily.

“There’s lots of new information out there in the marketplace that we’re looking to absorb,” he continued with. It’ll be interesting how the league moves forward given their dilemma with the new CBA and how the Covid-19 hit will impact that.

The draft has been moved back from June to October and is now set for late November so that has been impacted as well.

With free agency and training camps having to be slammed in between the start of the league season and the draft, things are going to be moving at light speed as soon as the 2019-2020 season finally ends.