Pushing back the start of the season
If the NBA does in fact resume in June, that would have meant a loss of three months, which would end up being a significant amount of time in the calendar year. Rockets GM said he expects that this will cause everything to be expedited, which is only natural.
Many believe this will push the 2020-21 season back to a December start, which is the only real way of making up for the lost time. It’s also easy to understand, as you can only get time back by pushing the start date back. The NBA games generally start in October, which would mean pushing that back by a few months.
Gordon said he would actually be happy with that.
I think I would like for the season to start in December and end in early August or maybe even late July. It would suck going into the summer but at the end of the day, you still get the same result.
The season generally lasts through the first few weeks of June, which is roughly nine months after the start of training camp. That would mean a finish around the summer time, which Gordon admitted wouldn’t necessarily be ideal.
Players generally like to spend the Fourth of July with their families, so that would take some getting adjusted to. Gordon is right in saying that the result would still be the same, but it’s not quite that simple. One of the major challenges with a December start is that the NBA would suffer during the NFL playoffs, which take place throughout the month of January.
It’s not far-fetched to see this happening though, as there had been rumblings of a shorter season before the COVID-19 pandemic, and this could very well allow Gordon’s idea to be put in place.