Silver: Unlikely we'd stop '21 season for Olympics

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Tim BontempsESPN

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Friday night it is unlikely the league will take a break next summer for the Olympic Games, a decision that could dramatically affect the tournament if it is able to be played.

“We’ll consider it. I think it’s unlikely, at the end of the day, that, if we start late, we would stop for the Olympics,” Silver said in an interview with NBA TV inside the league’s bubble at Walt Disney World Resort. “Because, as you know, it’s not just a function of stopping for the period in which they are competing over in Tokyo. But they require training camp, and then they require rest afterwards.”

Silver’s remarks came before Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers.

Because of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic — which resulted in the NBA having a four-month break in the middle of its schedule and the Finals taking place during what typically is the league’s preseason — next season is unlikely to begin until January, at the earliest. As a result, there is almost no way

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