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NBA stars Dirk Nowitzki and LeBron James have both joined the argument for shorter NBA seasons as the league tests shorter a 44-minute game.
The pair don’t see the benefit of changing the length of games, with commissioner Adam Silver set to test out a 44-minute game in the pre-season clash between the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics.
If the move was implemented in competitive NBA action, the players would end up playing seven less games each season in total with the minutes reduction, but it isn’t a plan that James nor Nowitzki are enthused by.
“I think you don’t need 82 games to determine the best eight in each conference,” Nowitzki said Wednesday.
“That could be done a lot quicker, but I always understand that it’s about money, and every missed game means missed money for both parties, for the league, for the owners, for the players. I understand all that, and that’s why I don’t think it’s going to change anytime soon.”
James argued that the minutes aren’t an issue as players are prepared to play 50-minute games once they are out on the court, but collectively they all argue that the schedule is too long and that the number of games could be reduced, particularly looking at getting rid of back-to-backs.
Nevertheless, the Cavs star and his rival from the Mavericks both understand that less games would result in less revenue and ultimately that is something that the league will not be interested in as it will also have a ripple effect on the players and broacasters.
James in particular insisted that it should be a balancing act between protecting the prize, but the prize is also the players and if they are continually getting injured as a result of the amount of games, then something has to change.
Nowitzki also had one other area that he believes could be improved in that he suggests that there are too many timeouts, especially at the end of games, and he feels as though the game would be even more exciting and fast-paced if there were less interruptions late on.