Only 16 days have elapsed since LeBron James and the Lakers hoisted the Larry O’Brien Trophy in Orlando. Shams Charania has reported the NBA hopes to begin its 2020-21 season in late December, which would be an extremely short turnaround for the Lakers and their Finals opponent, the Eastern Conference Champion Miami Heat. The Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets, both finalists in their respective conferences, would have a similarly short rest time ahead of the league’s anticipated December 22nd opening night. When asked of the NBA’s plans for a December restart, Lakers veteran Danny Green scoffed, suggesting players simply won’t show up if the league goes that route.
“I think most guys, if they say we start in December, th