NBA Schedule 2021-22: After a shortened season of 72 games that started in December, the NBA is finally heading back to its normal timeline.

According to Shams Charania, the 2021-22 NBA season is scheduled to start on the 19th of October with the NBA Draft taking place on the 23rd of June.

NBA Schedule 2021-22: How will the players suffer from the new format?

This tentative schedule almost certainly omits a number of players from thinking about going to Tokyo for the postponed 2020 Olympics. The Tokyo Olympics are set to begin on the 23rd of July, 2021.

This creates lots of problems for the players who want to represent their countries at the biggest stage. The players will be in a dilemma because they have to fulfill their NBA contract responsibilities as well.

We are in the 2nd Round of the NBA Playoffs already. While it is not certain which series would require 7 games to finish, fatigue would be a huge factor as the players will prepare for the Olympics straight after their NBA duties.

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NBA Schedule 2021-22: Lakers stars out for the Olympics

Anthony Davis and LeBron James had an injury-plagued season and hence would be resting through the offseason. They will not be available for the Olympics.

Stephen Curry, who played down the stretch with a hairline fracture in his tailbone from a March 17 fall onto a bleacher step at Houston, had exit interviews with Myers and Kerr and they said he’s still pondering whether to play in the Tokyo Olympics.

NBA Schedule 2021-22: Key dates for the 2021-22 NBA season:

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