The length of the season NBA is a hotly debated issue in recent years. On the one hand, there is the need to protect the health of players who are subjected to often excessive exertion, and on the other, the impossibility of playing less without giving up some revenue (and earnings, from the athletes themselves).
The issue has become more stringent since the widespread practice of “turnover”, meaning more and more coaches (and more and more often) are deciding to keep their stars, the players who have accumulated the most minutes up to that point in the season, at rest in certain games.
A choice made by Steve Kerr in the game between Golden State and Cleveland, which by the way was still won by the Warriors despite being without Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green.
In Kerr’s postgame press conference, he actually apologized to the fans but went back to loudly ending a shorter season with ten fewer games.
I feel very sorry for the fans who paid their tickets expecting to see some of the players on the field, it is a brutal part of our world. That is why I still maintain that the regular season should be 72 matches, taking away 10 matches would not change much, with 10 matches to go everyone has already defined their season. That way there would be more rest for players and fewer crazy situations like back-to-backs, so athletes would miss fewer matches. There is much more data than in the past, it is proven that putting players not at their best on the parquet in back-to-backs greatly increases the likelihood of injury. That’s why caution is often used; you have to think about the long term.