The NBA should return to a normal schedule next season, with a season start in October and the Finals in June.
Back to normal in the NBA! After two seasons disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, the 2021-2022 fiscal year should return to a classic calendar, with a start of the season in October and Finals in June. In any case, this is what the NBA announced to its teams on Thursday, according to the Associated Press. If all goes well, training camps will begin on September 28, i.e. 68 days after a possible Match 7 of the 2021 Finals (and 52 days after the Tokyo Olympics final), then the regular season will begin on October 19.
The regular season end date is not yet known, as the NBA has yet to decide whether to re-enact a play-in, as it has in the past two seasons, to determine the last teams qualified for. the play-offs. According to‘Associated Press, there is no indication that the play-in will be removed, and in this case, the regular season would end on April 10 and the play-in would take place from April 12 to 15.
Will the Raptors be able to return home?
The play-offs will begin on April 16 and the Finals on June 2, with a possible Match 7 on June 19. The 2022 draft will take place four days later on the 23rd. The Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat, who had only had 51 days off between their last game of the 2020 Finals and the start of training camp, were eliminated in the first round of the play-offs this season and this accumulated fatigue was undoubtedly for something.
This year, these players will therefore have four months of rest, except those who will play in the Olympic tournament, of course. After playing 72 regular season games this season, the franchises are set to play 82 next season, as usual, with four games against teams from one division and two against opposing Conference teams. It remains to be seen whether travel restrictions will be relaxed and whether the Toronto Raptors will be able to play in Canada again, having played all of their “home” games this season in Tampa Bay.