NBA senior vice president Tom Carelli told The Undefeated via email that choosing the 10 teams to play in a mere five Christmas games is one of “the most difficult decisions that we make when we create the schedule.” “When we begin the process, we consider all 30 teams,” Carelli said. “Working with our partners, our goal is to provide fans with compelling matchups based on storylines, rivalries, competitiveness of the teams, star players, and the history of the teams and players competing on Christmas Day. At the same time, we also need to factor in broadcast windows, arena availability, schedule requirements, travel and rest and recuperation.”
October 14, 2019 | 9:25 pm EDT Update
Kyle Goon: Frank Vogel said he was proud of the way the players conducted themselves in China, and said they were willing to do whatever the league asked of them. When asked if he would go back to China for a similar trip in the future, Vogel said yes.
Tim MacMahon: Joe Ingles is coming off Jazz bench again and will likely make full-time transition to 6th man. Ingles: “At 32, it’s a new challenge, which excites me. I honestly haven’t sat at home and lost any sleep over starting or not. It doesn’t bother me at all.”
Eric Walden: Quin Snyder addressing yesterday’s Dante Exum/Miye Oni practice kerfuffle pic.twitter.com/w4gUI33mG8