The end-of-December date the NBA is targeting for the opening night of the 2020-21 season would not have received general player approval.
According to Yahoo’s Chris Haynes, a “substantial faction” of NBA players are arguing for the start of the 2020-21 season on Martin Luther King Jr Day (Jan. 18), Dec. 1 marking the start of free agency.
NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts said Athletic‘s Shams Charania that the “overwhelming response” from players to the proposed Dec. 22 season opener from the NBA “has been negative.”
With nearly half of the league having had between four and nine months off, star players who want to start the 2020-21 season in January could sway an official decision in their favor.
The future outlook for the COVID-19 pandemic will be a big factor in the decision, as the safety of players and the desire of fans to return to the arenas are of paramount importance. The financial implications of further postponing the opening of the season are another.
Due to the complexity of the matter, it is difficult to determine when the 2020-21 season will begin. All that is known to date are the proposed target dates for the opening night.