Sport Important Dates for 2021-22 NBA Season Announced
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As the coronavirus pandemic slows and approaches a possible end, more and more things are returning to normal, including the NBA. Multiple teams have welcomed fans back into the stands, including thebefore they bounced out of the playoffs. Now, the league itself is returning to some semblance of normal as they announce the key dates for the 2021-22 season. Shams Charania of the Athletic had the annoucement.
Sources: Key dates for the 2021-22 NBA season:
Sept. 28: Training camp starts
Oct. 19: Regular season starts
April 16: Playoffs start
June 2: Finals Game 1
June 19: Finals Game 7
June 23: 2022 NBA Draft— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania)
With a training camp start date of September 28th, the league is approaching normalcy once more. Typical training camp dates fall within the last week of September, depending on when and where preseason games are (for example, theand started camp on September 22nd in 2018 due to playing a preseason game in China). Additionally, the end of the regular season as well as the date of June 23rd for the 2022 draft is in line with previous years.
Given these dates, it is likely that Rip City can expect to see preseason games in early October. What we don’t know is what that team will look like when that comes to pass.
Report: Suns star Chris Paul tests positive for COVID-19 .
Paul will be sidelined indefinitely, and his status for the Western Conference Finals is unclear. According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the isolation period for a vaccinated individual could be shorter than an unvaccinated individual. The Suns await the winner of the Los Angeles Clippers-Utah Jazz series, which is currently tied 2-2. If Paul is unable to compete in the Western Conference Finals, it'll be a huge blow for the Suns, who are back in the conference finals for the first time since the 2009-10 campaign. Paul is averaging 15.7 points, 8.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game this postseason.