Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Report: NBA players get reduced salaries and 50-game season with January start date

Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA is reportedly going to be implementing a 50-game season if the players union continues to push for a January start to the 2020-21 season.

The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is naturally concerned about players’ salaries getting reduced significantly if they play only 50 games since salaries are based solely on regular-season play.

If the league gets its wish to begin the season by Dec. 22, the players will see action for 72 games, which will be more favorable to the players salary-wise. NBA training camps would have to begin around early December, which will give players less time to recuperate from the grind of the previous season.

A 50-game season will look eerily similar to the 1998-99 season, which was delayed by a lockout. Back then, three games in three nights were normal, as this allowed the playoffs and Finals to be played at roughly the same schedule as previous seasons.

The San Antonio Spurs emerged as the NBA champions, but their success was somewhat downplayed by former Chicago Bulls head coach Phil Jackson. Jackson suggested that the Spurs’ title should’ve received an asterisk because teams played in a shortened season.

Once the league and players’ union come to terms on an agreement for the 2020-21 season, fans shouldn’t expect to see the schedule to return to normal anytime soon. Whether it’s 50 or 72 games, the NBA could finish out the season a bit later than usual.


Chicago Bulls

Back in the day, guard Derrick Rose was one of the best players in the NBA, not to mention one of its most irresistible...

Baltimore Ravens

In the latest chapter of Lamar Jackson’s wild offseason, the quarterback is telling the world that he requested a trade from the Baltimore Ravens...

Los Angeles Clippers

There reportedly has been “chatter” about Los Angeles Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue potentially stepping down from his role this summer. "There has been...

Minnesota Timberwolves

The playoff chase in the Western Conference is as hot as it gets, and the Oklahoma City Thunder are a surprise team that are...