The NBA is reportedly planning to get back on track.
ESPN’s Tim Bontemps is reporting that the NBA has indicated to General Managers that next season could be condensed:
Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said on a conference call with reporters this morning that the NBA has indicated to the league's GMs that next year's schedule could be condensed in order to try to keep the league as close to its usual timeline as possible.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) June 9, 2020
Does that mean fewer games over the course of the season? Possibly, but in this case “condensed” is referring to squeezing as many games as possible into the window of play:
Schlenk said that could mean more back-to-backs and sets of four games in five nights for teams next season -- things the NBA has actively tried to move away from in recent years. https://t.co/xjJ9dQFcla— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) June 9, 2020
The NBA has moved away from back-to-backs, and especially sets of four games in five nights in recent years, in an effort to keep players healthy...oh, and so star players are rested less often during nationally televised games.
It remains to be seen how the players union will respond.