HoopsHype Schedule rumors


March 20, 2015 Updates

Less discussed -- until now -- is the very wide (and mysterious) disparity league-wide when it comes to some of the most coveted games on any team's schedule: Playing after a night off against a team on the second half of a back-to-back. The Dallas Mavericks, for example, had played a whopping 18 such games through Wednesday's play. The Washington Wizards had played an East-leading 17. ESPN.com

The Atlanta Hawks, by contrast, are running away with the East's No. 1 seed despite playing only three such games to date. LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers, meanwhile, had only played four games with a one-night rest edge heading into Thursday night's schedule. ESPN.com

March 17, 2015 Updates
March 16, 2015 Updates

Additionally, Silver, who recently completed his first year as commissioner, stated his next focus will be finding ways to improve the health and welfare of players, specifically mentioning the need to examine scheduling of back-to-back games and four games in five nights. However, Silver does not envision a change in the 82-game schedule. "I'm not looking to reduce the length of the season," Silver said. "It's no secret, it's an economic issue for the league and the players if we were to cut the number of games in a season and I don't think that's the issue. Frankly, as I travel, people only want more NBA, not less NBA. We're going to look at everything but to me, in the first instance, we've got to look at how we can do a better job scheduling within the existing number of dates," Silver continued. "Then beyond that, should we be starting a little bit earlier? Can we go a little bit later? Those are also the kinds of things we can look at to try to stretch the season out a little bit." Indianapolis Star

March 10, 2015 Updates

Tribune: The Western Conference has been stronger than the East for many years, and you have talked about the possibility of eliminating divisions or conference affiliation when seeding for playoffs. How would that work? Silver: It’s something we’re in the early stages of looking at. There are teams, fans, media on both sides of the issues. There’s an acknowledgement by everyone that there is no perfect solution. Frankly, it’s not just a playoff issue, it’s also a health issue for the players. What happens when Portland plays Miami in the first round? If you seed teams from one to 16 based on record, we would no longer play an unbalanced schedule. It would require a wholesale change in the schedule, which potentially would require more travel. That works against trying to provide maximum rest for our players over a long season. It’s a complex issue. I’m open-minded at taking a fresh look at it. We’re beginning that process now. If there were an obvious solution, David would have implemented it years ago. Portland Tribune

Tribune: The schedule was changed this year to provide a longer break around All-Star weekend in deference to players’ health. You have talked about lengthening the schedule to cut down on back-to-back games or four games in five nights. Are those things feasible? Silver: If we were to reduce the number of preseason games, it would make sense to start the season a little earlier and potentially go a little bit later with the regular season. Some owners have asked us to look into moving back the Finals and playing into July. That’s something we need to talk about with our TV partners. I’m not sure it makes sense, but we’re willing to look at it. (The longer All-Star break) allows us to make a dramatic impact on the number of times teams must play four games in five nights. We’re going to take a closer look at the distance teams are traveling to get to games, how far they’re flying, how many time zones they’re crossing and so on. Portland Tribune

March 5, 2015 Updates

The notion of lengthening the NBA season to reduce the number of back-to-back games and the occasional four games-in-five nights scenarios was mulled by commissioner Adam Silver during his All-Star Weekend news conference. Included in the discussion: a pledge to consider all possibilities, even playing into July. The Spurs coach wants none of it. “I think the season is long enough,” Popovich said before the Spurs played the Kings on Wednesday at the AT&T Center. “I will not come to work in July. If there’s a game in July, count me out?” San Antonio Express-News

“Nobody knows where (injuries) come from,” Popovich said. “Everybody makes their choices in the offseason. It’s hard for people not to play for their country, whether foreign or domestic. It’s tough (not) to do because it’s quite an honor. Secondly, most of those guys would be playing anyway, in some gym some place, working out. Better to be under the guidance of something that’s organized.” San Antonio Express-News

March 1, 2015 Updates
February 16, 2015 Updates

Durant is in favor of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s pledge to try and eliminate four games in five nights and greatly reduce back-to-backs in the NBA’s regular-season schedule. “Yeah, it’s nice,” said Durant, who had just three points on 1-for-6 shooting in 10 minutes. “As much as we can get rest and still be at a high level, it’s always cool for us. “But we’re all gamers in this league and everybody likes to play, so whatever schedule they put out is what we have to do.” New York Post

February 15, 2015 Updates

The league will have to work with teams and their arenas and TV partners to find the right balance. "We've talked to our partners at Turner and Disney about maybe opening up a little bit more flexibility on Thursday nights and Sunday. That will help with the scheduling," Silver said. "We've also talked to our teams and their arenas about creating more windows, more opportunities to schedule games. I think that it's a give-and-take in terms of the other events in the building." USA Today Sports

February 13, 2015 Updates

It was also perhaps a bit of a lesson game for the Cavs. Though they mostly played like they were already half on vacation -- privately players grumbled they lost a day of their break because they were the only team in the league that had a road game on Thursday -- it also gave their front office one last reminder heading into next week's trade deadline: ESPN.com

January 26, 2015 Updates

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