Sport Report: NBA Targets Oct. 19 as Opening Night for 2021-22 Season
Team USA roster tracker: Damian Lillard, Draymond Green among stars committed to play in Tokyo Olympics
These players will represent the United States at the 2021 OlympicsThat failure will only put more pressure on Gregg Popovich to build a roster capable of taking home the gold at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo. Fortunately, superstars are usually far more interested in playing in the Olympics than in other international competitions. Team USA should arrive in Tokyo as heavy favorites to win gold, and we've got you covered as they attempt to build the team that will do that. Below, we will track which players commit and which players sit out the 2021 Olympics for Team USA.
The NBA will return to its traditional October-to-June schedule for the 2021-22 season.
The NBA will open the 2021-22 season on Oct. 19, according to The Athletic's.
Holding opening night in October will bring the NBA back to its traditional schedule, with Game 1 of the 2022 Finals slated for June 2. The latest possible date of the Finals is June 19, with the 2022 NBA draft slated for June 23.
The NBA's calendar for 2020-21 was altered this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Opening night for the 72-game season was held on Dec. 22, 2020, and the 2021 Finals will be held in July. After the Heat and Lakers experienced shortened offseasons last year, a new set of Finals participants will have a trimmed rest period between the 2021 Finals and the season opener for the 2021-22 season.
MLB updates COVID protocols for vaccinated players, staff
Most notably, fully vaccinated individuals will no longer be tested for COVID-19 unless they have symptoms or have been exposed to the virus. © Omar Ornelas via Imagn Content Services, LLC The handling of fully vaccinated individuals drew some attention last month after Nationals starter Erick Fedde tested positive for the coronavirus. Fedde, who had been fully vaccinated and was asymptomatic, was forced to go on the injured list. (Between his initial isolation period and subsequent rehab, he ultimately missed just more than three weeks of action.
The 2021 NBA Finals will begin on Thursday, July 8. Game 7, if necessary, will be held on July 22.
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