Here is what has happened over the last couple of weeks in the NBA:OCTOBER 3With the NBA expecting the 2020-21 season to start this upcoming January at the earliest, the league’s players would likely not participate in the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, per commissioner Adam Silver. The COVID-19 pandemic led to the 2020 Olympics to be postponed, thus casting doubt on NBA players being able to participate. Read more here.SEPTEMBER 29LeBron James has been through just about every experience an NBA player can possibly have, but he says that playing in the bubble has been the hardest thing he's faced in his 17-year career. "It's probably been the most challenging thing I've ever done, as far as a professional, as far as committing to something and actually making it work," LeBron told reporters. Read more here.SEPTEMBER 26Adam Silver has indicated that the next NBA season will start in January, and that timeline could prevent players from participating in the Summer Games. Slated for this summer, the Olympics in Japan were postponed until July 2021 due to the pandemic. If the start of the 2020-21 NBA season were pushed back to January, it would affect the ability of star players to take part in the international event. Read more here.SEPTEMBER 24The NBA’s bottom eight teams are finally participating in group workouts this week as part of the second phase of the league’s in-market bubble plan to get those clubs some organized offseason activities to tide them over to the 2020-21 season. However, those activities are voluntary and not every player on the bottom eight rosters is in attendance. One of the more notable absences is in New York, where Knicks center Mitchell Robinson isn’t taking part in the team’s minicamp, per Ian Begley of SNY.tv. As Begley details, Robinson participated in individual workouts last week but will be absent from the group portion of the camp for personal reasons. Read more here.SEPTEMBER 23Kevin Durant disputes the narrative that this year’s NBA champion will lack respect. Durant said that you can’t hold it against the players for winning amid the circumstances. The Brooklyn Nets forward went a step further, saying he thinks this year’s champions will be even more respected. Read more here.The NBA announced plans for a revamped draft combine that will run from Sept. 28 until early to mid-November. Designed to aid with player evaluation before the Nov. 18 draft, some of the combine will take place in team markets and other parts will be virtual. Read more here.SEPTEMBER 22While there was initially speculation about the 2020-21 season possibly starting as soon as December, commissioner Adam Silver told Bob Costas his "best guess" is that the season won't begin until 2021. Read more here.From a basketball perspective, the NBA bubble has been an undisputed success. But on a personal level, it has been a more mixed experience for players, as several guys have noted the mental toll taken from having to spend months away from their home and their families. National Basketball Players' Association president Chris Paul spoke on CNN about just how deeply guys were affected by the entire experience. Read more here.SEPTEMBER 18Kevin Love is opening up about the pandemic's effect on his mental health. In a piece published to The Players' Tribune, Love wrote, “Even after all the work I’ve tried to do on myself over the last two-and-a-half years, some days are just brutal." Read more here.SEPTEMBER 16The NBA’s rescheduled draft date of Wednesday, Nov. 18, which had previously been considered tentative, has now been locked in, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Read more here.SEPTEMBER 11The NBA reportedly informed its Board of Governors this week that the 2020-21 season won’t begin any earlier than Christmas Day. While starting next season on Dec. 25 – typically one of the biggest days on the NBA’s calendar – might seem ideal, NBPA executive director Michele Roberts isn’t sure it will be possible. Read more here.The NBA confirmed that Rockets forward Danuel House has left the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex bubble site after he violated league guidelines. He will not return. Read more here.The NBA will allow teams to hold in-person interviews with this year’s draft prospects in mid-October, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. For the time being, in-person workouts will still be prohibited, Wojnarowski adds. Read more here.According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the league made clear on Thursday’s Board of Governors call that its preference was for in-market games next season. It would like a limited amount of fans to be allowed, and there would likely be reduced travel. Read more here.SEPTEMBER 10The NBA league office informed the Board of Governors on a call that the 2020-21 regular season won’t begin before Christmas Day, sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic. Read more here.SEPTEMBER 9According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA has informed teams of a potential revised draft date of Nov. 18. Read more here.SEPTEMBER 8Starting with the conference finals, the NBA will allow coaches and staff to bring guests to Orlando for the remainder of the time in the bubble. Read more here.AUGUST 28Pelicans owner Gayle Benson has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, according to Amie Just and Ramon Antonio Vargas of NOLA.com. Benson – who tested positive for COVID-19 within the last two weeks, per NOLA.com – is 73 years old, putting her at higher risk of being seriously affected by the virus. It’s not known what symptoms she’s experiencing, but Just and Vargas report that the Pelicans owner is under “daily medical care” and is recovering well. Read more here.AUGUST 25According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, "NBA is moving toward pushing back this year's draft, scheduled for Oct. 16, along with Oct. 18 start of free agency, partly because of likelihood that the tentative opening of the 2020-21 season will be delayed from Dec. 1, per sources. Also allows more time to set a salary cap." Read more here.Although Hornets player attendance at the team’s practice facility has been strong, pending free agents and players who are not currently in Charlotte or are concerned about COVID-19-related health risks might not participate in upcoming group practices. But Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports many Hornets players could skip it over COVID concerns. Read more here.AUGUST 21According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, there is growing support within the NBA and the players union to delay the 2020 NBA Draft and free agency. Both are currently slated to start in mid-October. Read more here.AUGUST 20NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he now expects the league’s previously estimated December 1 start for the 2020-21 season to be pushed back. In explaining his thinking, Silver indicated that he would prefer to have fans be able to attend games in person next season. Read more here.AUGUST 18The NBA could lose nearly $1 billion dollars for playing the postseason without fans in attendance, per Ticket IQ. Read more here.Pacers president Rick Fuson told Indy Star that the 2021 All-Star Game "is unlikely to happen on Presidents’ Day weekend," but it could be postponed. Read more here.LeBron James says that he expects this to be the toughest playoff run of his entire career, telling USA Today: "It's the toughest championship run for me. From the circumstances of just being in here." Read more here.The NBA and the Players’ Association have finalized an agreement that will allow the eight teams that were not invited to Orlando to conduct voluntary group workouts at their team facilities, according to a league press release. Read more here.AUGUST 15The NBA and NBPA funded the development of a saliva-based COVID-19 test by Yale University, and now there's been a breakthrough in its development. According to ESPN's Zach Lowe, the FDA issued emergency authorization for public use of the test known as SalivaDirect. The test is designed for widespread public coronavirus screening, and Lowe explains that it'll likely cost consumers between $15-$20. Read more here.Jusuf Nurkic announced on Saturday that his grandmother has died of COVID-19. Read more here.AUGUST 14The 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony, originally scheduled to take place during the weekend of Aug. 28-30, has been rescheduled and will now occur on May 13-15, 2021, according to a press release. Read more here.Discussions about organized team activities (OTAs) — including group workouts and scrimmages — for the eight clubs left out of the NBA’s 22-team Orlando restart are ongoing, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who says those talks continue to center on in-market workouts that would start in September. Read more here.The Magic announced center Mo Bamba has left the bubble, will miss the entire NBA playoffs and will undergo a "comprehensive post-coronavirus evaluation." Read more here.The NBA could adopt some form of a play-in round in future seasons. More teams will play in meaningful games toward the end of the campaign. Read more here.AUGUST 13NBPA head Michele Roberts met with several NBA players in Orlando to discuss logistics for next season. Roberts believes the league and union will have to negotiate a new CBA and that it will be easy to do. Next season's start date was also discussed, with several estimates floated. Roberts also believes a bubble will be needed for next season as well. Read more here.AUGUST 12As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the NBA is making contingency plans for next season already. According to reports, the league is considering Las Vegas, Orlando, New York and Dallas as potential bubble cities in which to hold games during the 2020-21 season. Read more here.AUGUST 8Furthermore, because of the potential delayed season, confidence in both American and international NBA players participating in next summer’s Olympics is decreasing. Read more here.