NBA Key Dates Finalized; Preseason Schedule Released

  • The NBA season is now just under a month away and the league office has confirmed the key dates for the 2020-2021 campaign.
  • The Golden State Warriors are looking to gain an exception after the injury to All-Star Klay Thompson.
  • COVID protocol has been outlined for the upcoming season.

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The NBA’s 2020-2021 season is just under a month away from its curtain-raising date on December 22nd. After a delayed 2019-2020 season, commissioner Adam Silver and the league office are not holding back in their accelerated 72-game season. The NBA Preseason schedule is set for December 11-19; each team will at least two and no more than four matches.

One of the largest changes that we will see is that teams will be allocated dates for “Individual Player Workouts” and “Group Player Workouts”. While unofficial workouts are occurring at this moment, teams have been forced to manage their personnel in a bid to abide by league-wide COVID protocol.

We will also be seeing the return of the Play-In Tournament. Introduced during last season’s bubble, the Play-In Tournament will see the seventh and eighth seeds in each conference play each other for the seventh spot in the playoffs. The ninth and tenth seeds in each conference will compete to play the loser between the seventh and eighth for the eighth seed in the playoffs.

Warriors Granted A Disabled Player Exception Worth $9.3M

It was difficult news for the Golden State Warriors and the NBA world when it was announced that All-Star guard Klay Thompson injured himself again during his preparation for the 2020-2021 season. Thompson suffered a torn Achilles injury that will see him miss his second straight NBA season.

Thompson underwent surgery on November 25th and is expected to make a full recovery. In order to make up for their loss, the Warriors applied for a Disabled Player Exception that was granted by the NBA at a value of $9.3M.

Disabled Player Exceptions are granted on a case-by-case basis. The last $9.3M DPE granted was to the Detroit Pistons during the 2019-2020 season due to an injury to Blake Griffin. The Golden State Warriors will enter the season without perennial All-Star Klay Thompson, after having a league-worst 15-50 record last year.

NBA Implements New Health and Safety Protocols

In an effort to better prepare for the upcoming NBA season and limit the possibility of spreading COVID-19, the league has begun daily testing on players before the start of training camp next week. All teams were issued a Health and Safety Protocol Guide on November 28th, as teams will begin their season in home markets.

As per Mark Medina, each team will also have an infectious disease specialist, infection control specialist, rapid testing coordinator, testing officer, testing manager and contact tracing manager, two contact tracers, and a team protocol enforcement officer.

There is no doubt that the NBA is taking as many precautions as possible to ensure the safety of their players and staff, while also doing their utmost to limit the possibility of the league postponing its season for a second time.

Hall of Fame Induction Set for May 2021

According to ESPN, the upcoming Hall of Fame class is scheduled to be inducted from May 13-15. The initial date for their induction was set for August 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The class of 2021 is one of the Hall of Fame’s most star-studded. The group includes former NBA stars Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, and the late Kobe Bryant. WNBA legend Tamika Catchings also joins the group, along with Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, and former Bentley coach Barbara Stevens. Two-time NBA Champion head coach Rudy Tomjanovich also joins the class, along with two-time AP coach of the year Eddie Sutton, and former FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann.

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