This article covers topics from the NBL Canada, Australia, NBA, NBA G League, College basketball, and European leagues.
Watch the youtube video above for the full episode. The written synopsis is available below. The comprehensive list of all European Countries and the current operative status of their men's leagues are available at the bottom of this article..
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NBL CANADA: The NBLC has delayed the start of its tenth season until March 12th, 2021. The league's board of directors has unanimously voted to postpone its original return in December, as a result of ongoing safety concerns related to COVID-19. This is a tentative date that will be evaluated further as the winter moves forward and spring approaches. My guess is that if cases drop and safety is less of a glaring concern, the league will resume in March. If not, they will not be able to play out the season as there is no way financially the league and individual teams could afford to play in a bubble-style situation.
AUSTRALIA: As of now Australia’s borders will remain closed for foreigners until late spring of 2021. The government is currently in talks with several nations about quarantine-free travel, but warns that Europe and the US are not be on the list at this time. The first agreement would be with New Zealand. Other nations that could follow suit are Japan, Singapore, South Korea and the Pacific Islands. Discussions will take place on Dec 8th to open state borders for travel within Australia between neighboring states. Elite State Leagues; such as the NBL1 will have imports and sources say they will also have a later start date. Lower leagues are looking for viable solutions and will most likely start in late spring early summer, 2021.
Basketball Australia Center of Excellence alumni and NBL big man, Will Magnay, signed his first NBA contract with the New Orleans Pelicans. Sydney Kings big man and former NBA player, Andre Bogut has officially retired. Sydney Kings head coach Will Weaver signs deal with the Houston Rocks to become their lead assistant coach.
South Portland, Maine native Brett Brown steps down as men’s Australian national team head coach for the Tokyo Olympics. Instead, Six-time NBL Championship coach, Brian Goorjian, will take the reins of the Boomers as they begin their nine-month preparation for the Tokyo Olympics, scheduled for July 23rd – August 8th, 2021.
John Wall joins ownership group of the Southeast Phoenix, a fairly new Melbourne-based team in the NBL, Australia’s top league. He joins four other NBA players that are all part of the ownership group of the Phoenix. Danté Exum is the only other currently active player. The rest of the group is made up of retired players such as; Zach Randolph, Al Harrington, and Josh Childress amongst other investors.
NBA: Training camps began on December 1st, around the league. Teams have announced that they will begin the season without fans allowed in their arenas. Preseason will start on December 11th and 12th. Regular season games set to start on December 21st and 22nd. See more key dates below.
2020-21 Key Dates
Dec. 1-5 – Individual player workouts
Dec. 1-5 – Media “Week”
Dec. 6 – Group player workouts begin
Dec. 11-19 – NBA Preseason games
Dec. 22, 2020 – Mar. 4, 2021 – First Half of regular season
March 5-10 – All-Star Break
Mar. 11 – May 16 – Second Half of regular season
May 13-15 – Class of 2020 Hall of Fame Enshrinement
May 18-21 – Play-In Tournament
May 22 – July 22 – 2021 NBA Playoffs
The Pacers and NBA League officials have agreed to postpone the All-Star game in Indianapolis from its original planned date in 2021 to 2024. Celtics point guard, Kemba Walker is out until early January after undergoing stem cell injections in left knee. 48 players have tested positive for COVID-19 out of 546 tested between Nov 24th-30th.
Two-time NBA All-star Luol Deng is set to coach South Sudan at the FIBA Afrobasket 2021 Qualifiers. The Denver Nuggets have signed Argentinean point guard, Facundo Campazzo, of the Spanish powerhouse and Euroleague Giant, Real Madrid. $30 million has been given to each team by the league as a relief fund for damages occurred during the pandemic.
The 2020-21 season salary cap will be set at $109.140 million and the tax Level will be $132.627 million. In season to come, the cap and tax Level will increase by a minimum of three percent and a maximum of 10 percent over the previous season.
NBA G LEAGUE: League officials are still debating whether they will play in the 2020-2021 season. The league could instead opt to expand NBA rosters if the season were to be canceled. The G league is also considering holding a season with a regionalized schedule, similar to what MLB did this year, in order to reduce travel. Typically, NBA G League teams play around 30-35 games during the regular season and travel via commercial flights and bus rides due to financial restrictions.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Two Conference Carolinas (D2) teams knock off D1's, Emmanuel College (GA) 64 - Stetson University (FL) 61 / Southern Wesleyan (SC) 82 – University of South Carolina Upstate 72. The Ivy League cancels their basketball season for 2020-21, as part of ban on winter sports due to COVID-19.
Small schools; such as d3's, will have an abbreviated schedule with local and regional competition for 2021. Many D1's are pausing, canceling, and rescheduling games due to COVID-19. The race for a national championship this year will not only be decided on the court and in the classroom, but who can keep their program the healthiest moving forward throughout the season.
Comprehensive List of European Men’s Leagues by Country
ALBANIA: The SuperLeague is still waiting to get permission from their government to allow them officially start basketball activities. The league was set to start on November 15th, 2020. At this time, there is not declaration of when they will return to play. (Info needs confirmation)
ARMENIA: The top league which is referred to as "A league" is currently active and playing. The B league (2nd league) may start after new year. (Info is accurate)
AUSTRIA: Super liga (top league) and zweite liga (2nd league) are currently active and playing. There was no alterations to their schedule this season. (Info is accurate)
BELGIUM: The Euromillions League (top league) delayed the start of their season by one month. Instead of starting in the beginning of October as usual, the league pushed the start date back to early November. Similar to other leagues around the world, many games have been canceled due to the pandemic. Lower divisions have been playing since October. (Info is accurate)
BOSNIA & HERZGOVINA: The two highest divisions (Division I & II) started a month later than expected in mid November, 2020. They have been operating without any recent shutdowns. The strongest clubs in Division I are also members of higher international leagues such as; the Adriatic Basketball Association first and second tiers (ABA & ABA.2). (Info is accurate)
BULGARIA: The NBL (top league) started in early October as normally scheduled. (Info is accurate)
CROATIA: The Premier league (top league) started in mid September as normally scheduled. (Info is accurate)
CYPRUS: The OPAP BL (top league) started in early October as normally scheduled. (Info is accurate)
CZECH REPUBLIC: Practice has resumed this past week (12/1) with games being played after Christmas break for teams in the 2nd highest division on down through youth. The NBL has been playing for about a month with temperature checks and policing left up to the individual team and their officials. (Info is accurate)
DENMARK: As a result of Covid restrictions, only the Svendborg Rabbits can admit spectators to their home matches. The other 9 teams in the BasketLigaen (top league) are allowed to play without spectators until January 2021.The nationwide restrictions that have been in force since October are extended to 28 February. This includes the banning of groups sized 10 or more. All leagues below the top division have canceled play. (Info is accurate)
ESTONIA: All pro and semi pro leagues started in early October as normally scheduled. (Info is accurate)
FRANCE: All major pro and minor leagues started as normally scheduled and continue to function. (Info is accurate)
GEORGIA: The Georgian Super League (top league) has started on time as usual and continues to function. The A league (2nd division) usually plays an offset schedule to the top league but has no set start date at this point. (Info is accurate)
GERMANY: The German BBL, PRO A, & PRO B are currently playing with every level below shutdown. There has been no set restart date with a possible option to return after the new year. (Info is accurate)
ICELAND: All pro and semi pro leagues will reopen practice in mid December and resume game-play after the Christmas break. (Info is accurate)
IRELAND: The Basketball Ireland Men’s National Competitions Committee has decided to cancel the 2020/21 season for the men’s Super League and Division One. (Info is accurate)
SLOVAKIA: The SBL (top league) has restarted this week on December 1st after being one of the first European countries to shutdown their league. (Info is accurate)
SPAIN: All leagues are currently active after a slightly postponed start date in the fall. (Info is accurate)