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NBA followers will not have to attend so long as typical to observe their favourite gamers return to motion.

In an effort to scale back the variety of again-to-backs, the 2017-18 common season will tip off on Oct. 17, commissioner Adam Silver advised Okay.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. The brand new begin date is roughly 10 days sooner than earlier years, with opening night time sometimes occurring on the finish of October.

The league labored onerous to restrict the variety of again-to-backs during the last couple seasons, with the common group enjoying sixteen.three this previous season – down from 17.eight in 2015-sixteen.

The NBA can also be working to make sure any staff enjoying in a nationally televised recreation is coming off at the very least at some point’s relaxation, sources informed ESPN’s Zach Lowe.

Opening night time is not the one date that has been pushed up, because the 2017-18 commerce deadline has been moved to Feb. eight following a vote from the Board of Governors.