The Upcoming 2021-2022 NBA Season


Brian Loughlin, Staff Writer

The start of the regular NBA season is right around the corner.  Tip off is Tuesday October 19, 2021, and the season concludes on April 10, 2022. The first NBA Preseason game begins Sunday, October 3. The ultimate goal at the end is to win a championship and to be able to take  home the Larry O’Brien trophy.  The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets are both considered favorites to take home that championship. The Lakers added new players for this upcoming season, including Russel Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, and Mac McClung. In addition, we already all know how deadly of a duo LeBron James and Anthony Davis are when they’re on the court together. The Nets are still stacked up with their main 3 stars: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden. The Brooklyn Nets unfortunately came up short last season, losing to the Milwaukee Bucks in a close game 7 of the semi-finals.

Last year’s 2020-2021 season started later than usual in December due to COVID-19, although they’re not letting Covid completely stop everything this year. Everything is back on track with the normal timing of the season. There are fans back at the games again and there is no more of the NBA bubble.

In order to be able to go to Barclays Center and watch a Brooklyn Nets game, ages 12 and up must show proof of vaccination.  As for the players, the ones that are unvaccinated will have to be prepared to get tested often. Those who are not fully vaccinated will need to be tested on all days involving practice or travel and likely will be tested twice on game days. They’ll also have to wear masks at team facilities and during travel.  The players / coaches that are fully vaccinated will not have to submit to regular testing.  Fans love the NBA All – Star Weekend including the Skills Challenge, the 3 point contest, the dunk contest and this year’s NBA All Star Game will take place on February 20, 2022, at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, Ohio.  The start of the season is just weeks away and basketball fans could not be more excited.