The new goal of the league, sources said, is to put together a 72-game slate with reduced cross-country travel. In that scenario, the subsequent 2021-22 season can go off on its normal October-to-June trajectory — perhaps with New Yorkers packed together underneath the Garden’s famous ceiling again.
Billy Reinhardt: Lakers and Heat will have just two months between The Finals and the 2020-2021 start. There are typically four months between seasons. Teams eliminated in the second round will have 3.5 months. Jared Dudley: The show will go on, just don’t cry a river when stars sit out TV games… esp Top teams that played a longer full season ...
Jared Dudley: Players have no problem playing at all. We know the finances better then most, thats why we agreed to the bubble. We know it’s a money thing. But rest for the top players on top teams are key in staying healthy all season. We trust Adam Silver and the direction he decides
Tatum said the NBA is still working through the auditing process with the National Basketball Players Association. The parties also need to agree on a start date for the next season. Tatum said the league learned a lot from its bubble environment and envisioned new capabilities because of 5G availability, which wireless carriers have been installing in sports arenas and stadiums around the country.