Adam Silver Believes the NBA is Unlikely to Stop for 2021 Olympics
If next NBA season extends into the Summer, Commissioner Adam Silver will not prioritize the 2021 Olympics over finishing out the season.
Normally, the Summer Olympics are sandwiched between Summer League and the pre-season, but with the circumstance instilled by the COVID-19 pandemic, the NBA is facing a very real possibility that next season may draw out into the late Summer months. The rescheduled Olympics is currently scheduled for July 23rd and will run through August 8th.
“We’ll consider it. I think it’s unlikely, at the end of the day, that, if we start late, we would stop for the Olympics. Because, as you know, it’s not just a function of stopping for the period in which they are competing over in Tokyo. But they require training camp, and then they require rest afterwards,” said Silver.
Basketball is one of the more popular events at the Summer Olympics and consistently features some of the best NBA talent.
“There are so many incredible players, beginning with the USA team, we’ll be able to field a very competitive team. I am a bit worried about some of the international teams, because, as you know, some of their stars play in our league, and their absence would make a huge difference for those national teams,” added Silver.
As always nothing is set in stone, but the NBA is believed to be looking at pushing next season back to the beginning of next year.