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A few scheduling details emerge

Posted on: November 27, 2011 2:08 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 12:36 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Because the lockout cut all the way deep into November, the NBA will be force to re-do the current schedule. Now, the season will consist of 66 games piled basically into a four and a half month window.

Everyone wants details and finally, a few have found their way out. Via the New York Times, here are a couple scheduling notes:
  • The schedule will run Dec. 25 to April 26.
  • Teams will average 3.9 games a week, up from the usual 3.5. That equals about two extra games a month.
  • Each team will play at least one back-to-back-to-back. The max number of back-to-back-to-backs a team could play is three.
  • Teams will play 48 in-conference games, which is four fewer than normal, and 18 out-of-conference games. Because of that arrangement, not all teams will visit each city. Which is a bummer.
  • Here's a potentially important note: Every second-round playoff series will feature one back-to-back set of games. This is to try and shorten the playoffs since the regular season will be expanding a week and a half. In terms of quality of play at the most important time, having a back-to-back in the postseason is huge. Way to go, lockout.

For the most part, the new schedule won't be all that ridiculous. Not like the 50-game schedule in 1999, at least. Typically, 82 games are squeezed into roughly 165 days. This season, 66 will be pushed into about 120. Two extra games per month isn't that heavy, but the set of back-to-back-to-back games won't be fun.

Any time players are overworked, injuries and quality of play become issues, but that's just the breaks at this point. Yes, the league could have decided to go with 60 or 56 games instead, but getting the max amount of games into a season not only means everyone makes more money, but the season has a bit more credibility to it.

The most important thing: There actually is a schedule.

Category: NBA

Since: Oct 6, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2011 9:53 am

A few scheduling details emerge


Since: Oct 6, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2011 9:48 am

A few scheduling details emerge

should of got it done a month ago. But hey 66 games is better than none!!!!!! thank God the NBA is back i cant wait!!!!!!!!!!! plus you can only take so much of Penn State vs Radford and UNC vs UNC-Greensboro it gets a little old and the NBA rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 8:37 am

A few scheduling details emerge

Quick - someone call David Stern and let him know that SoxNation07 has lowered the boom, and they should just forget playing this year..

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 7:00 am

A few scheduling details emerge

WhO cares. I'm not watching....I'm on strike as a fan!

Since: Nov 24, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 6:30 am

A few scheduling details emerge

I'm interested to see if Utah finally gets rid of NBA.  I read that franchise is losing a lot of money although it still has somewhat of a cult fan following still come to its games.  Its getting to the point where it looks like Jazz will never have a championship contender again being how the free agency is setup now with players wanting to go to other teams and the Jeff Hornaceks of the league gone.  And there must be a share of the Salt Lake people that are saying if its never going to be like the style of the 80s or 90s again where the Jazz were a more serious contender, that they might as well just fold up shop in NBA and try to get the NHL Coyotes so they can have NHL instead.

It looks like the Heat are almost certain to win it in this strike year since they are the deepest strongest frontline and the back to back to back games won't give other teams as much rest against them.  So we don't have to watch it this year since Heat have been annointed the champs.

You might see more old school NBA fans boycott the games this year out of principle for what the league has turned into.  Maybe areas like Detroit who have some of those throwback kind of fans will refuse to attend games, who knows.  

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2011 2:45 am

A few scheduling details emerge

Why so much hate towards the NBA  players?  Chances are that half the people that post unkind comments to the players aren't even fans anyway.  The game has evolved to a more offensive style, and defense isn't played as it used to be played.  They are still working hard on the defensive side of the ball..  The athleticism has gone through the roof in the last two decades or so; keeping a body in front of the guys is extremely challenging.  If you are a fan of the NBA, then be glad that it is back, shortened an all.  I can't wait to watch some games man, seriously.  After Monday Night Football, I gotta wait until College football on saturday to watch some decent sports on TV.  Now, I got Melo and Stat to keep me  happy 3.9 times a week!! It's particularly exciting considering that two days ago there wasn't gonna be any NBA at all.  I guarantee that the haters that are bashing the players will be watching the games and cheering their teams... So whoever has idiotic comments to make, shove them where the sun don't shine.   
Are you seriously asking why people hate on the NBA?? Besides the overpaid prima donnas, the extremely biased, borderline rigging, referees, the constant clock stoppages, the extreme disparity between the best and worst teams, and the fact that they only care about money, do you really have to ask? I used to be an NBA fan a long time ago but the league has shown they don't care about fans and they are fine producing a shoddy product.

What's funny is morons like you that refuse to listen to criticism and just label everyone as "haters". News flash - if there's this much criticism, there must be some truth behind it. Good leagues listen to criticism and change accordingly. It's why the NHL could have collapsed after their lockout, but instead they have grown stronger. It's why the NFL is the most popular league in the US. And it's
why the NBA will continue to lose fans in the future.

You're free to pay money for a shoddy product, I'd rather spend my money a lot more wisely though.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: November 27, 2011 11:27 pm

A few scheduling details emerge

Looks like a lot of basketball in a short window. Yay!

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2011 10:44 pm

A few scheduling details emerge

Any time players are overworked,

LMAO.. these players are overworked ???  ha haha hahaha   thats a good one.. overworked playing a 48 min basketball game..

heavens for bid they have to play 3 nights in a row..  what a laugh..

wow.. they have to play an AVG of 3.9 games a week   oh boy, the million dollar prima donnas are gonna be playing almost 4 nights a week..  their gonna need a vacation, oh wait theyve been off for 5 months now.. 

pathetic.. these player are overworked

Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2011 10:05 pm

A few scheduling details emerge

with concern to to back to back to back games and back to backs in the playoffs it just means that teams will just have to be that, a team of more then just 6 or 7 players with one or 2 great players carrying the load. the teams that have a better bench to keep thier starters fresh will be better off. 

Since: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2011 9:48 pm

A few scheduling details emerge

Demographically,the NBA has no long term future:You can't sell bling on TV.

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