LeBron James' opinion: LeBron supports a shorter NBA season, not shorter games
There are good things about an 82-game NBA regular season and bad things. The good, from an observer perspective is, we all love basketball, and the more games, the better. But the bad -- if you want to call it that -- is that 82 games aren't quite necessary in order to determine which teams are worthy of playoff seedings. It could be done in 70-something or 60-something games, probably.
Now, how about the players? Would they want a shorter season? Or just shorter games? There are no plans by the league to eliminate regular season games at this time, but the NBA is playing a 44-minute preseason game this Sunday, October 9.
Here's LeBron James on the topic, as reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
The NBA recently experimented with a 44-minute game involving the Brooklyn Nets and the Boston Celtics.
The league is exploring the impact of shortening the game for various reasons. One of the most obvious reasons is preventing injuries.
LeBron James was asked about his opinion on the matter prior to his team facing the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday and he said shortening the game isn't the problem. It's the number of games.
"It's not the minutes, it's the games," James said. "The minutes don't mean anything. We can play 50-minute games if we had to. It's the games that I think we all as players think it's too many games in our season. 82 games are a lot. But it's not the minutes, taking away minutes from the game is not going to shorten the game at all."