NBA Installs Pillows On Every Team’s Bench

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It’s Saturday night. Dinner’s ready. Beer’s in hand. And I settle in to that a** groove in the couch directly in front of the TV. I flip to ABC to watch the highly anticipated match-up between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs, ya know, the game ESPN selflessly promoted for weeks, only to find that the game’s 8 best players were “scratched”. Angry, but still happy to have my feet up on the couch next to my wife, we found a movie, and the NBA lost my viewership for the evening.

This is known as the Resting Epidemic. NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, has acknowledged it is the NBA’s biggest problem, and he feels they have a solution. Their solution is highlighted in the NBA’s schedule for the upcoming season. Here are the most notable changes to the schedule:

  • The season will start 8 days earlier (a move from Oct. 25 to Oct. 17)
  • A record low back-to-back games (an average of 14.4 per team)
  • Elimination of 4 in 5’s (4 games in 5 nights)
  • Protection of Marquee Matchups on National TV

Allow me to elaborate on that last one. Marquee Matchups, such as Warriors vs. Spurs, are broadcast on ABC (National TV). These games carry higher ratings, which brings more advertisers, ergo everyone involved makes more money. So when millions tune-in to check out Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Pau Gasol and NONE of them are playing, yeah, I’d say there’s a problem.

Well this year, the NBA will cater to the babie..ahem..I mean NBA players who feel they don’t get enough days off throughout the season. Ya know, the NBA players who get paid millions to play a game for a living. Yeah — those guys. This is the part when I talk directly into the camera….

Listen, I understand playing in the NBA is taxing on your body. You play thousands of minutes, travel thousands of miles, and probably have odder sleeping habits than me. BUT, you have professional trainers at your beckon call. You have personal chefs. You fly on private planes. And you stay in the nicest hotels imaginable. What the hell do you have to complain about?!?! Playing 4 basketball games in 5 days?!?! Boofreakinhoo!! Try working a 12-hour shift, just to race to your 2nd job where you work another 6-hour shift, to make just enough money to put food on the table for your kids (who you barely see). Then come back to me and tell me you still want to complain about playing in the 2nd game of a back-to-back. Spare me….

The fact that resting is the NBA’s biggest problem, is a sad reflection of our society. And the NBA’s response is even sadder. Rather than coming down hard by fining teams and players, they are coddling their superstars, proudly preparing them for nothing that closely resembles real life. So, when you tune-in to ABC this year for any of the Warriors’ 6 National TV games, they will be well rested. In fact, no team playing on ABC this year will be playing in the 2nd of a back-to-back.

The all-important question still remains: Will caving and pandering to every need of NBA’s superstars solve the NBA’s Resting Epidemic?? Or will NBA teams continue to rest players at inopportune times?? Only time will tell. My guess is it won’t help one bit….

 

What do you think?? Do you agree with the NBA modifying it’s schedule to get NBA players more rest?? Will it solve the Resting Epidemic?? Tell me what you think in the comment section below.

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8 thoughts on “NBA Installs Pillows On Every Team’s Bench

  1. These players make millions to push their bodies to the limit. This career was their choice and they are getting well compensated. They need to suck it up and stop being so soft.

  2. To me, it’s not about rest. It’s strategy. For most teams, the regular season doesn’t matter. It’s all about the playoffs. So, by resting key players in key matchups, say, Cavs/Warriors, these teams can’t figure out game plans for when the game really matters.

    In other words, why should the Cavs play their stars and let the Warriors figure out first-hand how they approach trying to beat GSW? Instead, they sit out and save it for the playoffs.

    I could be wrong, but I don’t think 45 minutes of playing time will make or break an NBA body. So unless the regular season means more than a meaningless seed in the playoffs, players should sit out key games under this strategy.

    • I hear everything you’re saying, but it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Growing up watching early and mid-90’s basketball, this has become nearly unwatchable….You play the games on your schedule unless you’re actually hurt or banged up. Period. That’s just me….

      • Oh 100%. I hate to see it too. It’s just what the NBA has evolved into and it’s a shame. Maybe the new schedule will make it harder for coaches to continue this kind of thing, and I hope it does, but unfortunately it doesn’t really fix the problem of today’s basketball.

      • Dunks and 3’s. That’s all it is. It’s not basketball. It’s let’s see who can score more points. I don’t think the schedule changes will deter coaches from resting players who “need” rest. Not one bit.

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