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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: Jul 10, 2009
Posted on: November 27, 2011 9:30 pm

A few scheduling details emerge

must of missed it.  they settled?  yawn!

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2011 9:21 pm

A few scheduling details emerge

If they were really concerned about quality they would not pack the schedule tighter than usual. They would NEVER play back o back to backs, nor would they play back to back in the playoffs.

As was demonstrated during the lockout, this league is ALL about the money, not about providing fans with a quality product. I mean really, can you imagine paying big bucks to see a team at the end of a back to back to back?

Since: Feb 25, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 9:19 pm

A few scheduling details emerge

This comment is to all the haters in the world...

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.    

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2011 9:04 pm

A few scheduling details emerge

Well, for any non-hypocrite Lakers fans, we already know that an LA title this year is invalid since it wasn't an 82-game season.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2011 8:41 pm

A few scheduling details emerge

This is what I love.

It's a busy day of sports, college basketball, NFL, NHL and coming off a crazy day of college football.. Yet people still make time out of there busy days (sarcastic) to tell us they hate the NBA. If your coming on here , commenting on articles. it must be a love - hate thing. 

Like has already been said, you do realize you dont have to watch right? I don't like soccer, golf, arena football, gymnastics...and a bunch more lol.. you don't seem on some badmington message board bad mouthing something I don't like.

Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2011 8:28 pm

A few scheduling details emerge

Looks like the unintelligent thugs will be playing after all.  Here's to no defense and no dribbling to the basket. Yaaaaaa!

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2011 8:21 pm

A few scheduling details emerge

Back and Back's in the playoffs is improvement over the old way not sure why the author thinks that is a bad thing. 

Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: November 27, 2011 8:09 pm

A few scheduling details emerge

screw the nba!!

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2011 7:57 pm

A few scheduling details emerge

I personally havent missed the NBA. Id have preferred a season long lockout.
Ill preface all replies with this: Suck it!
Um, you DO know that you don't have to watch the games, right?

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2011 7:54 pm

A few scheduling details emerge

Credibility? They could play all 82 games and it won't make it any more credible when you let more than half the league in the playoffs. The 1999 playoffs are probably one of the most exciting ones recently. I might actually be interested in the playoffs iwth a shorter season. Baseball, take note!

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