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Grueling NBA season takes its toll on the integrity of the league

San Antonio Spurs’ players Tim Duncan, left, and Nick Van Exel sit on the bench late in the fourth after Duncan fouled out. The Mavericks defeated the Spurs 104-103, during the first half of Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals at the American Airlines Center in in Dallas, Texas, Saturday, May 13, 2006. (Brad Loper/Dallas Morning News/KRT)


This year the issue of resting big name players has come to the forefront of conservation around the NBA. From San Antonio to Cleveland’s big three, big name players sitting out have caused a ruckus among NBA fans.

Super stars are being rested around the league to prevent injury and keep players in top playing condition before the playoffs begin.

“I feel the NBA season is too long. Coaches sitting their players to give them rest is an issue because there are already off days built into the season to give them rest,” said Mr. Hamilton. “I also feel that another issue is the length of the playoffs. The NBA is the only league that’s playoffs are four rounds of seven games series. To solve this, I would reduce the season to 62 games and all the payers would be ready for the playoff.” 

Unlike Major League Baseball, who has implemented a system to help the players out by making the first round of the playoff be only a best of five series, the NBA has four rounds of best of seven series which are grueling on players and a risk to their health.

Magic lose 4th straight game, fall to Bucks, 104-96
Jason Terry grimaces during a game versus the Orlando Magic, as he begins his astounding 18th year in the NBA. Photo courtesy of MCT Campus

Recently after playing two games in consecutive nights, the Cleveland Cavaliers rested their three biggest stars, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. This on the surface doesn’t seem to present that big of an issue but to many fans who travel from far distances to see those stars play, it can be a huge problem.

Another problem is the damage the long season has on the NBA from an entertainment standpoint. After a few months of the season, you can easily decipher the best teams in the league.

“From a fan’s point of view, it is hard to stay interested in 82 regular season games and they begin to become extremely boring,” said Cameron Riggenbach.

The long season with little layoff time will eventually hurt players in the long run. The NBA must do something to shorten their calendar year and look out for the safety of their players.

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Grueling NBA season takes its toll on the integrity of the league