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Thursday, October 16, 2014

LeBron James believes a shorter season would decrease injuries

By on 10/16/2014 11:30:00 PM

As the NBA attempts to combat the busy 82-game schedule by experimenting with shorter games, you can add LeBron James to the growing list of players that believe the NBA is going about this all wrong.

As reported by SLAM writer Marci Mutoni, even if it meant smaller paychecks, James believes that fellow players would be in favor of reducing the schedule to the mid 60s. Although LeBron is confident, I still think there would be a lot of players opposed to this; particularly the players that make nowhere near as much as James outside of basketball.

In a recent report by Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal, LBJ explained the reason behind his position.
“Less games is less concussions and less tickets and all that, but at the end of the day we want to protect the prize, and the prize is the players,” James said. “If guys are being injured because there’s so many games, we can’t promote it at a high level.”
The Cleveland Cavaliers star went on to explain why the NBA reducing the length of games from 48 to 44 minutes wouldn’t make a difference.  
“The minutes don’t mean anything. We could play 50-minute games if we had to,” James said. “Once you go out and play on the floor it doesn’t matter if you’re playing 22 minutes or 40 minutes. Once you play it takes a toll on your body.”
I’ll be honest with you all, I have never played professional ball. The highest level of basketball I played was in a men’s B league during my University days - go Purple Squirrels! What I do know is that as a fan there is nothing we hate more than hearing about injuries. It doesn’t matter if they are a starter, a role player or even if they’re on the opposing team. Having to watch the past two seasons or so with stars like Kobe and Rose on the sidelines was hard. By no means am I a fan of the Bulls or the Lakers, Raptors all way, but I would be lying if I said the league hasn’t missed both those guys.

For all the reasons above, I couldn’t agree with LeBron more. Realistically, is changing the length of game by four minutes really going to make much of a difference? I don’t think so. It’s all the back-to-back and three games in four-night garbage that’s to blame. That being said, change can’t happen over night, something James understands.
“Its something that obviously won’t change tomorrow or anytime soon. But it’s something we should definitely talk about."

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