Brad Rock: Could NBA calendar get any longer? It just did

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  • h2oSkee Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2017 11:17 a.m.

    The NBA's officiating makes it unwatchable. It's too bias and subjective. Other pro sports don't give preferential treatment to it's stars in order to pad stats and break records. Sadly even the media excepts the officiating for what it is, so nothing will change.

    If they fixed the officiating, trimmed the regular season to 62 games, eliminate back-to-backs, made it a hard salary cap and start profit sharing (creating parity and eliminate super teams) the NBA would be a lot of fun to enjoy again.

    But this will never happen because of the greed and selfishness of the current "Haves" that like it as it is.

  • ed Los Olivos, CA
    July 17, 2017 10:09 a.m.

    American Vet_
    I am with you.....have no interest in football or baseball. Give me basketball all year. when the stars are tired, let them rest. Some new guys will then get a chance to play and some new stars will surface. For those who have forgotten, Stockton only got a chance to play when Green was sick or hurt. If Green had stayed healthy, Stockton might never have been "discovered." The same is true of Paul George. He only got his chance because Granger was injured. There is actually quite a long list of these types of examples.

  • oldbasketball Draper, UT
    July 16, 2017 8:58 p.m.

    I have followed pro basketball ever since I was a kid. They had one game a week to watch on Sunday. I saw every great basketball player that ever lived play except for George Mikan. I may have seen him but I don't remember. I'm just about done with pro basketball. I used to go to as many college games as I could at the old Einer Nielsen Fieldhouse at the U. I quit watching college basketball (except for the championship game) 30 years ago because of the antiquated rules, too many timeouts, etc.
    Larry Bird and Magic Johnson made the NBA a sport that people really wanted to watch. But now with Adam Silver and the players association having such a cozy relationship, the game has been ruined. Golden State and Cleveland are the only two teams that even have a chance to win the title next year- again. What is the point of even watching games anymore. Just tune in for the championship series if your interested.

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    July 16, 2017 1:06 p.m.

    I guess I'm a lone man on an island with this topic. For me, the season is too short. I wish the season too a month or so off and started right back up again. I know that's impossible but I never miss a Jazz game and always look forward to the next game. I get bored in the off season.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    July 16, 2017 9:03 a.m.

    I used to be an NBA fan and a big jazz fan. I get so tired now of the long season the whiny players the huge contracts the prima donnas, that I have pretty much stopped watching the NBA. When I do watch, it is usually in March or after if the Jazz are going to the playoffs. The season is way way way too long and the playoffs have too many teams qualify. The season should be no more than 62 games and there should only be 8 teams in the playoffs

  • PhxAggie Phoenix, AZ
    July 16, 2017 12:44 a.m.

    Let's make a deal. Every time the NBA expands the season, then let's start the presidential primary even EARLIER! That way all of America will be sick of both! I seriously can't pay attention to the NBA until November. And it goes into half of baseball. They are trying to be a greedy as the NFL. The NFL would easily expand their schedule if the game itself wasn't so dangerous and the issues with the concussions. Please give us a break from basketball for a few months!

  • eagle Provo, UT
    July 15, 2017 7:13 p.m.

    They need to cut down the playoffs and really make it a true test of grit and endurance. One rest day between cities, back-to-back otherwise, keep the thing humming. The eight days between the conference finals and finals made me wonder if there was anything going on in the NBA. That shouldn't happen, the playoffs should be fast and furious and this might also encourage developing depth instead of relying just on stars.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    July 15, 2017 7:08 p.m.

    What's wrong with the NBA?

    1. Season is far too long.

    Solution: Cut it back to 72 games.

    2. Teams resting players at the end of the season.

    Solution: Make all games lost or won in the final two weeks of the season worth double — so they count as two games lost or won. No player who isn't truly injured isn't going to sit out a game.

    3. The NBA All-Star game is a joke and not worth watching.

    Solution: $100,000 goes to winning teams' charity.
    Losing team's charity gets $10,000 or maybe even nothing.

    4. Superstars are paid too much, making it hard to keep teams together.

    Solution: Limit a player's salary to no more than 28% of the team's salary cap, with one exception: the player's current team can pay up to 35% to keep them and can offer them a 5-year contract, versus 4-years for other teams. A $100-million dollar salary cap means the player would be giving up $7-million dollars — per season — if he were to leave his current team.

    5. Star players lost to free agency.

    Solution: When a team loses a star player to free agency, they automatically get a Traded Player Exception — equal to what the player will earn in the first year of his contract with his new team.

  • augie Los Angeles, CA
    July 15, 2017 6:49 p.m.

    I am not an NBA fan. For that matter I'm not a fan of any pro sports. Why? Because the teams and players don't care about the fans. When are the fans going to wise up. All you are to them is a dollar sign. Tickets, parking, food, drink. Expensive, and it just keeps going up. The money they pay the players is ridiculous. But ultimately its the fan who ends up paying one way or the other. The sports networks are all losing money because of the exorbitant rights fees they pay. They try to pass that on to the fan as well. People are getting rid of cable and satellite because of the ever increasing expense. Have you tried to watch a TV game lately? The commercials are so numerous and annoying its impossible.
    Long ago I gave up on all pro sports.