So the new big thing is doing away with them. They effectively play a game every other day (on average) at the moment so, given arena booking constraints etc, I can't see how this can be achieved without either cutting the number of games (ain't gonna happen) or extending the season. I can't see back-to-back home games are the end of the world (and each side hosts 12 teams twice, as well) and there are away back-to-backs that are little more (or less) than a bus ride away.
With all the advances in medical science and improvements in diet/training etc I do wonder how necessary this is, though. One of the things I've always likes about basketball is that the players don't whine about being tired in the way footballers do.
Well, you could go to 72 (play each conference opponent 3 times, non conference opponent twice) or go to 76 (divisional opponents 4 times, other conference opponent 3 times, non conference opponent twice) but that leads to a loss of income. Who's going to take the hit? Because I can't see the players wanting to wind the salary cap back, and the owners will look at the their growing wage bills and agree to a cut in revenue.
I'm sure an extra week would help, I doubt it would completely end the need for back-to-back. But then two home games in as many days shouldn't kill anyone. Stan Van echoed my thoughts this week about players needing to HTFU. I'm obviously very influential.
It's tempting to consider players at the highest level being able to manage some back to back games. However the game is played harder (in terms of Sport Science, conditioning, analytics and the growth in foreign players widening the talent pool etc) with more at stake in terms of player remuneration. From the players perspective, anything that reduces injury risk is a positive.
As a fan do preseason games mean anything? One of my friends doesn't even consider the regular season as mattering so axing some preseason games to save players health is preferential. Obviously the owners lose some income with less games and it won't change.
This issue is back in the news after 2 consecutive nationally televised Saturday games were ruined by coaches benching their star players. GS vs Spurs both resting starters, then Cavs benching their guys in a blowout loss to the Clippers. Now it seems everything is being debated from the length of the season to what the priorities are for coaches.
I don't see why they can't cut the pre-season down to 4 games per team instead of 8, start the season 2 weeks earlier and pretty much eliminate all back to backs. But I get the feeling even if they did, players would still sit out sometimes for an extended break. The argument is Pop has been doing this for years with little fanfare (except the time the Spurs got fined for sending their big 3 home instead of to Miami in 2012) yet its suddenly an issue now because Curry and LeBron are sitting. I kind of get that, but I feel the reason Pop could do it is because the Spurs don't have true must-see stars. The Spurs will play the same way no matter who is on the court, they work like a well oiled machine, so you will still enjoy what you see regardless if its Duncan and Parker or someone else - and they'll still win most of the time too. Whereas if Curry and Klay sit, or LeBron sits, those teams basically fall apart. Then you have teams that are tanking who rest good players who could probably be playing. They need to sort out tanking altogether but that's another issue.
My preference would be a simple 58 game schedule, 2 or 3 games a week, you play if you're healthy. I'm a big fan but I don't need to see 82 games per team, it's too much. I know they won't reduce the schedule as every game generates income so this is just my pipe dream.
Gotta sayi think the overall product would be much improved by a dramatic reduction in the amount of regular season games but as already mentioned it's not likely to happen anytime soon.
Its easy to understand the resting of players from coaches and teams perspective but for the TV companies, advertisers and fans its bollox basically isn't it. Can you imagine if you were a fan who booked a ticket at great expense for a once in a lifetime experience and then.......
You'll never get a dramatic reduction. I guess a cut to 76 games with the season starting a week early would solve the problem. But in the same way that footballers now can't play twice a week (despite improved nutrition and S&C) once a "rest culture" has seeped into a sport, it's hard to get rid of.
Your final point is my big fear if I'm going to go over for of Dirk's final games next season.
And yet last night everyone played in the Spurs-Cavs game and it was still a blowout - the Cavs are a mess right now and look tired and banged up despite their rest days. Be interesting to see who plays tomorrow when Golden State roll into Texas.
But then you have guys like Harden and Westbrook who never rest and clearly wouldn't want to (ok Harden rests on defence all the time ) and Westbrook in particular plays at 100mph and is so explosive, always has been. It doesn't seem to do him any harm!
2NFR: Hogg could do a lot worse, Sharks on a bit of a roll right now ... could be the top team next season (depends if Attiba stays or not)
May 11, 2016 9:51:25 GMT
brummiedunk: Easy for Raiders: 1) Corletto, Sturt, Dixon, Costelloe (my god, he is a good pg and will be HUGE! I didn't even miss josh 2) Elsewhere? Washington from Riders - class! 3) Who wouldn't? Corletto is a god (You hate us but we don't care!)
May 12, 2016 17:01:03 GMT
dwade91: hi everybody, i'm from italy, where can i find a list of the team of London?
May 20, 2016 20:14:10 GMT
gonk: Do you mean a list of teams in London, or a list of London lions players?
May 20, 2016 21:11:25 GMT
dwade91: A list of teams in london, i am from Italy, i dont know leagues and teams in england, i am interesting in london teams
May 21, 2016 9:42:59 GMT
gonk: I've messaged you.
May 21, 2016 17:31:31 GMT
twalk: reading through this thread, my short time in chester was a breeze compared to what followed... lol... funny to me.. def know about that true inner circle of this club....
Jun 23, 2016 21:04:10 GMT