NBA, NBPA Discussing Holding 2021 Regular Season in Bubble

With the persistence of COVID-19 in the United States, the National Basketball Association is heavily considering to start next season in a bubble, like the one currently in Orlando.

According to NBPA executive director Michele Roberts, the players union and NBA have begun discussions about “bubbling” the next season.

Per Tim Bontemps of ESPN:

“If tomorrow looks like today, I don’t know how we say we can do it differently,” Roberts told ESPN about the future of the NBA. “If tomorrow looks like today, and today we all acknowledge — and this is not Michele talking, this is the league, together with the PA and our respective experts saying, ‘This is the way to do it’ — then that’s going to have to be the way to do it.”

“I’m not in the Trump camp in believing it’s all going to go away in two weeks, but I’m praying, praying that there will be a different set of circumstances that will allow us to play in a different way. But because I don’t know, all I know is what I know now. So it may be that, if the bubble is the way to play, then that is likely gonna be the way we play next season, if things remains as they are. …”

 

The target date to start the 2020-2021 campaign is December 1, 2020.