NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on the NBA’s 2021 Season

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Andrew Valles, Junior

On September 22, 2020, NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, announced the latest updates in regards to the upcoming 2020-21 NBA season. 

Silver, who shared his plans during the “Citizen by CNN,” did not indicate any finalized date for the upcoming season. The league was originally hoping for December 1st to be the opening night for NBA basketball to resume; but it was made clear that COVID-19 interfered with their plans to begin anytime soon. 

New updates on the COVID-19 spread continue to change the plans for the NBA season, as 

Silver shared, “The more I learn, I continue to believe that we’re going to be better off getting into January.”

Despite the setbacks, Silver is still hoping to play a full season during 2021 and opening up arenas for fan entrance: “The goal for us next season is to play a standard season … an 82-game season and playoffs. And further, the goal would be to play games in home arenas in front of fans, but there’s still a lot that we need to learn.”

In-person attendance is currently allowed in the NBA “Bubble” in Orlando, Florida. Those attending playoff games in the “Bubble” are tested daily for COVID-19, along with the players. Fan attendance in the “Bubble” is strictly for family members and close friends of the players. On average, around 30 to 40 fans per game are allowed to witness live NBA action in the “Bubble,” while following safety precautions. 

As of right now, no new safety precautions and regulations regarding the 2021 NBA season have been announced. Silver admits that he is still expanding his knowledge in terms of what is the safest way to continue for the players and the fans.

Regardless of the lack of clarity in terms of planning, it is safe to say that the NBA will come back for the upcoming year to delight the many fans of basketball.