Late Thursday afternoon, the NBA officially announced some of the key dates for the upcoming 2021-22 season, kicking things off with the start of training camps on September 28.
Sources: Key dates for the 2021-22 NBA season:— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 10, 2021
Sept. 28: Training camp starts
Oct. 19: Regular season starts
April 16: Playoffs start
June 2: Finals Game 1
June 19: Finals Game 7
June 23: 2022 NBA Draft
As many of you know, this past 2020-21 season began on December 22, 2020 for a multitude of reasons, including having the season wrapped up in time for the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. According to the latest report from Shams, the league will look to finally get back to “normal” by tipping off the regular season in the middle of October, with playoffs scheduled for roughly six months later. The league’s season will wrap up no later than June 19, and then quickly pivot into the offseason with the 2022 NBA Draft scheduled for June 23 and then NBA Summer League presumably scheduled for sometime in July.
Speaking of the offseason, the Wolves are firmly entrenched in their own offseason, with the next key date on their Google Calendar being the 2021 NBA Lottery, which takes place on June 22. Depending on how the ping pong balls fall, Minnesota may or may not have a pick in the upcoming draft (which is scheduled for Thursday, July 29), with 2021 NBA Summer League officially scheduled for August 8-17.
10 Days. 75 Games. All 30 NBA Teams.— NBA Summer League (@NBASummerLeague) June 9, 2021
MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2021 will take place August 8 - 17 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.
Tickets go on sale June 23rd.
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As mentioned above, the Wolves are currently enjoying their summer vacation as they prepare for the upcoming lottery, but that hasn’t stopped many of the familiar faces from returning to Mayo Square for offseason workouts:
We got a crew in town. pic.twitter.com/ztHw6dM3wQ— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) June 10, 2021
In his end of season media availability, Gersson Rosas had mentioned that many of the players would spend their summer in Minneapolis working out and continuing to build team chemistry, so this lines up with those quotes from the middle of May. As I wrote the other day, Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell have been hanging out together as well (albeit in Miami) and working out, so it looks like the entire Timberwolves team is already gearing up for the upcoming season.
For now though, the focus remains solely on the 2021 NBA playoffs, which continues tonight with the Philadelphia 76ers at the Atlanta Hawks, followed by the Phoenix Suns at the Denver Nuggets. Additionally, don’t forget that the next game for our Minnesota Lynx is tomorrow evening at home against the Los Angeles Sparks.
Have a great weekend and Go Lynx!