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The NBA will play its first exhibition game in Africa on Aug. 1 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa in a Team Africa vs. Team World Cup format. Miami Heat forward Luol Deng, who was born in what is now South Sudan, will captain the African team and Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul will captain the world team. Full rosters will be announced at a later date. "I am extremely proud to be a part of the NBA's first game in Africa," Deng said in statement. "Coming from South Sudan and having participated in the Basketball without Borders Africa camps in Johannesburg previously, I am truly honored to be part of this historic event." USA Today Sports

April 19, 2015 Updates
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The strongest action to come out of the owners meeting: the NBA starting next season will reduce the number of back-to-backs and four games in five days that teams play by doing a better job of scheduling, handling the time off during the All-Star break and potentially extending the season by a week. "Those are changes we can make immediately for next year. … That's real progress for next season," Silver said. Teams on average will play 16 back-to-backs and the number of four games in five days will be reduced to on average one per team next season, Silver said. Teams played an average of 19 back-to-backs and 2.3 four games in five days this season, according to a schedule analysis at nbastuffer.com. USA Today Sports

The NBA will also explore the possibility of reducing the number of preseason games while ensuring sufficient practice time and starting the season earlier for the 2016-17 season. USA Today Sports

April 16, 2015 Updates
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Happily or not, the coaches are doing it on their own, shortening their seasons by resting players. This has worked admirably for the defending champion Spurs, coming off two Finals apperances, but is hard on the core fans paying fancy prices to attend. A management source says an average NBA live gate is $1 million, boosted by the king’s ransom the Knicks and Lakers make–almost $3 million per opening–even with their bedraggled teams. Forbes.com

April 14, 2015 Updates

Today, the Sacramento Kings announced the team will travel to Mexico as part of NBA Global Games 2015. The Kings will play versus the Boston Celtics at Mexico City Arena on December 3. The contest marks Sacramento’s first visit to Mexico and the NBA’s 22nd game in Mexico overall, the most NBA matchups held in any country outside the U.S. and Canada. NBA.com

April 9, 2015 Updates

Brian Windhorst: Though not finalized, LeBron James hinted he'll sit the next 2 games. Both are against Celtics so it could affect playoff race/seedings Twitter @WindhorstESPN

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
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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

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