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Tony Dejak/AP Photo, the papi NBA is rolling right now, having become a true year-round obsession like nothing save football, and reaching new heights of popularity.
(An example: My mother, not a basketball fan in the least, recently asked me if the Summer League was a new thing, because this was the first time shed heard.
If youre getting on my moms radar in the middle of the offseason, youre doing something right.). But if theres one problem, besides a lack of parity (and given that the NBA is a national sport in the sense that it appeal goes beyond ones local team, Im not sure lopez thats a major hurdle its that the league cant always get its.
The last few years, star players have been increasingly rested for nationally broadcast games, usually when theyre part of of back-to-backs. This has become a whole thing. In the span of one week last March, the Warriors played without Steph Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson, and then the Cavaliers rested LeBron James, lopez Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving, both for games aired on ABC.
The league doesnt like this, and TV partners sure as hell dont like this, not when theyre paying.6 billion a year. But you cant prevent a coach from sitting his best players, not in the middle of a long season and not when theres another game the very next day. Theres reason to believe things are going to get better.
The 2017-18 NBA schedule will be released this month, and in a memo sent to teams (and obtained by espn), the league has highlighted some major changes designed to provide more rest for players, and presumably make sure the best players dont need days off. Among the changes: Eliminating stretches of four games in five days and 18 games in 30 days.
Reduction of five games in seven nights to just 40 instances across (1.3 per team down from last year when it was on the schedule 90 times (three per team). Reduction in number of back-to-backs.9 per team, down from.3 per team. In all, 40 back-to-backs have been eliminated from last season.
Reduction of single-game road trips by 17 percent. Reduction in single-game road trips over 2,000 miles by 67 percent; there are only 11 of them on schedule. This seems like it can only be a good thing.
(The regular season will start a week earlier this year, as negotiated into the new CBA, making room for changes like these.) Ideally, all these particularly grueling stretches would be eliminated altogether, not just for TV but to maintain players health over the season and. But the only way to make that happen would be to shorten the season, and Id be all for that58 games would be plenty, and February through April is a pretty joyless slog as things are. But it wont happen.