Dubai: The Tokyo Olympics in 2020 could miss some of the biggest names in the NBA after a possible clash between the two major competitions.
Some of the top stars from the US, such as LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, may not take part in the Tokyo Games in 2020 due to the almost clash of competition dates.
The NBA has announced that the playoff games of 2021 – which end with the two top teams in the best of the seven series – could last two months before ending on July 22.
And with the postponed Olympics starting on July 23, some of the biggest names in the NBA may be denied the chance to travel to Tokyo for the Games, where the men’s basketball competition will take place from July 25 to August 7.
Earlier this week, the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, praised the NBA after announcing that the season would start in December and 10 fewer matches would be offered for the basketball competition at the Tokyo 2020 Games. to accommodate.
The American men’s national basketball team, which currently ranks first in the Fiba rankings, is the most successful team in the international competition and has won medals in all 18 Olympic tournaments, including 15 golds so far. In the professional era, the team won the Olympic gold medal in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2008, 2012 and 2016
The NBA Board of Governors has announced that the season will take place in two segments, with the first run from December 22 to March 4 before the All-Star break, while the second half of the season is planned from March 11 to May 16.
Each will face the other teams three times in the conference before heading into the opposite conference home field and away.
A play-off tournament in which the teams are presented with the seventh to the 10th highest winning percentage in each conference will then take place from 18 to 21 May before the play-offs start on 22 May and will last until 22 July – just a day before the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games.
The 2020 NBA season was severely disrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic, which was shut down from March to July after several players tested positive for COVID-19. The NBA Finals ended on October 11 with the Los Angeles Lakers defeating the Miami Heat 4-2 to secure their 17th championship and conquer the Boston Celtics’ record.
LA Lakers star James has been named final MVP for the fourth time in his career.
NBA players have been an important aspect of the Olympic basketball tournaments since the admission rules were changed to allow them to participate in the Games before the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.
Source: Gulf News