December 9, 2011; Westwego, LA, USA; A detailed view of the NBA logo and signature of the commissioner David Stern on a basketball on the first day of New Orleans Hornets training camp practice at the Alario Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

66 Games versus 82 Games

I wanted to look at maybe something the NBA should give a hard look at and that’s the shorter season. Having these 66 games all crammed together has been a lot of fun for me. Sure the 3 games in a row might need to be looked at. But the idea that the season starts on Christmas Day is a good one.

You think about the regular season and it’s 82 games, and how many of those matter in the long run. I’m guessing even in a 66 game season, there are games that will not matter. But looking at the idea of a Christmas Day start strikes me as something good because that’s usually when basketball fans like myself really start taking noticing of the NBA.

Just imagine, having another four games that highlight that day of Christmas. Then you jump into the season. There seemed to be games on all the time during the week. It seemed to feel like the season was more important this time around. Each game had some meaning to it, and especially as you got closer to the end.

For the Pacers, I felt it was important to really get off to a great start as the Feburary and March portion of their season was going to be rough. They made it through those months and end up hot this month losing only 3 games, and now are secured in the third spot with a match up against the Orlando Magic.

Things to think about, but like I said, I am sure 82 games will be back next season, and people will probably ignore those first couple of months of NBA ball. But it’s something the NBA should give a hard look at before totally dismissing.

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