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The real problem with the NBA schedule

November 30, 2012


Those of you who visit BlogNBAsketball regularly know that I’m not a fan of the NBA’s schedule-makers. {Mavs at Lakers on Opening Night?! No wonder L.A. didn’t show up.}

I’m seeing a much more serious problem lately with the NBA schedule, and it has nothing to do with the recent Popovich controversy in Miami.

My problem is the way that the league puts together the season series between teams. Whether they play twice a year or four times, I think the games should be spread out evenly and alternated home/away.

This week the Nuggets visited Golden State for the second time this season. This was the third meeting overall between the two teams already this year, in less than a month of action. Their fourth and final meeting is in min-January. What if these two teams face off in the playoffs after big midseason trades at the February deadline? The head-to-head matchup will have been meaningless (despite that 2OT classic). The exact opposite scenario happened last year, when the Lakers and Spurs played all three times in a 10-day span late. Lockout or no lockout, 66 games was plenty of time to evenly disperse games between two Western Conference powerhouses.

But wait, there’s more…..

This week I had a bad case of deja vu. The Nets visited Orlando this past week, a game I swear I already saw this season. That’s because, I did. The Magic have played Brooklyn twice already and haven’t made one trip yet up to their NYC borough. You think it’s a logistical issue? well, think again……The Nets hosted the Knicks this week and host them again in their next meeting in February. I don’t care how bad traffic is around MSG, travel shouldn’t have been a factor with that decision.

Why can’t the NBA, with all its technological abilities, create a schedule where teams more fairly play out their matchups? Surely there’s some algorithm that can solve this quirky situation.

Maybe when David Silver  takes over in 2014 the league can more adequately handle increased scheduling parity.

At least the Spurs will feel richer with Silver at the helm.

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2 Responses to The real problem with the NBA schedule

  1. Alma on December 1, 2012 at 2:51 am

    the Season was better last year at only 66 games.

  2. AJ on December 2, 2012 at 8:22 am

    too many back 2 backs.

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