San Antonio Spurs: Projecting the 2018-19 season start date
By Rob Wolkenbrod
When could the 2018-19 season start for the San Antonio Spurs and the other 29 NBA teams?
The 2018 offseason may no longer be in full swing, but it’s still almost three months away from the start of the regular season for the San Antonio Spurs and the rest of the NBA. The latest campaign will include DeMar DeRozan, Marco Belinelli and other new additions, while Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Tony Parker are no longer around.
The Spurs will feature these new players in an attempt to make a mark in the Western Conference and the playoffs. The 2017-18 campaign only resulted in a first round exit, but it was without Leonard and against the Golden State Warriors.
Last season, the Spurs opened against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Oct. 18. This time, it’s unknown who that team could be, but the timeframe for the season’s start date is projectable.
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If it’s similar, the NBA may open the season in the third week of October, with an eye towards Tuesday, the 16th or Wednesday, the 17th, respectively. It’s almost identical to last season, especially if the league wants to expand the schedule’s length to give players enough rest time in the second half.
For the potential Opening Night opponent, the Spurs have options, including the Warriors and the Toronto Raptors, for Leonard reasons that give the NBA a chance at greater ratings success.
Other storylines for the NBA’s Opening Night include LeBron James in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform. He signed a four-year deal to leave Cleveland for Hollywood in early July, and will team with Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and the team’s free-agent acquisitions. Could the Spurs face them on the first evening of the season?
Look for the NBA’s 2018-19 schedule to arrive soon and provide clarity on how everything appears for the next 6-8 months.