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Dirk Nowitzki: Trim NBA Season From 82 Games to ‘Mid 60’s’

This weekend the NBA will be experimenting with a 44-minute game when the Brooklyn Nets take on the Boston Celtics. Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki doesn’t want the NBA to mess with the length of the game, instead Dirk feels that the league should trim the NBA season from 82 games to the mid-60’s. He makes some good points.

As per ESPN: 

“I think you don’t need 82 games to determine the best eight in each conference,” Nowitzki said Wednesday. “That could be done a lot quicker, but I always understand that it’s about money, and every missed game means missed money for both parties, for the league, for the owners, for the players. I understand all that, and that’s why I don’t think it’s going to change any time soon.”

Nowitzki said he would recommend that regular-season schedules be trimmed from 82 games to the “mid-60s,” although he said it’s not his place to say. Like Spoelstra, Nowitzki’s biggest issue with the current format is the back-to-back games.

“Honestly, I never was a big fan of back-to-backs even when I was 20 years old,” said Nowitzki, a 36-year-old entering his 17th NBA season. “I think that you should never have to play at the highest level there is two consecutive nights and flying in between. You obviously make it work. We have the best athletes in the world, we feel, but I think it hurts the product some. Last year, some teams get here for the fourth game in five nights and we’ve been sitting here on rest and just blow them out.

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