Sport Important Dates for 2021-22 NBA Season Announced
Vikings' Mike Zimmer: Players not vaccinated against COVID-19 will have 'harder time' this season
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said those who don't receive shots will only make things more difficult for themselves throughout the summer and fall months. He explained:"The unvaccinated players are going to have a harder time in the season. They’re going to be wearing masks, they’ll have to social distance. They’ll have daily testings. They won’t be able to go home for bye week. They’ll have to come back here and test every day."When we go on the road, they won’t be able to go out to dinner with anybody. They’ll have to travel on buses differently, travel on planes differently.
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.
How NBA players and coaches navigated this season a year after experiencing the bubble .
Some NBA coaches and players painted a clear picture on how the mental toll of this season compared to life in the NBA bubble. Clearly, no one misses spending up to three months on the Disney campus. “Being in the bubble kind of felt like prison,” Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma said. “You couldn’t leave. We only ate about three or four of the same meals every single day for three months, and we didn’t see family. So that was really tough.” Clearly, everyone savors the relatively expanded freedoms allowed during this season. “This year has been easier because I have outlets,” L.A.