Health officials around the NBA expressed their concern about the quick start of the 2020/21 season and the extremely short offseason.
The league decided to tip off the new season on December 22, which means that training camps will start on December 1st.
“It’s going to be especially challenging to not only get ready to play Dec. 22 or whatever, but to maintain that for a period of four or five months.
This is going to be another period of unchartered territory. As unchartered as the [Orlando] bubble was [this summer], this is the bubble times three or four or five [because we’re] trying to extend it to that period of time with a minimal ramp-up,” one head athletic trainer of a Western Conference team said, via Baxter Holmes of ESPN.
The 71 days between Game 6 of the Finals (October 11) and the start of the new season (December 22) will mark the shortest offseason in the history of sports in the United States (NBA, NFL, NHL or MLB).