The new season in the NBA must end next year on July 22 at the latest. This is evident from the playing plan of the American basketball league.
A day later, the Olympic Games start in Tokyo, where most professionals can take part.
The competition has only 72 games. Teams also play against teams from the other conference to limit the number of distant away matches as much as possible due to the coronavirus.
The numbers 7 to 10 of each conference determine in mutual duels which can participate in the play-offs.
The NBA starts on Tuesday, December 22. The past season was only completed in October after a delay of several months due to the corona crisis. The teams finished the season in a bubble at Disney World in Orlando.
Los Angeles Lakers won the title by beating Miami Heat 4-2 in the NBA Finals.