The NBA has recently experimented witha 44-minute exhibition game as opposed to the usual 48 minutes, and two of NBA’s biggest superstars said they would prefer to have a shorter NBA season than shorter games.
LeBron James in particular said that “we all as players think it’s too many games, 82 games is a lot”.
Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki said he’d recommend that the season be cut from 82 games to the “mid-60s.”
Legendary Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan however disagrees with both James and Nowitzki, as he doesn’t see the point in shortening both the games and NBA season as well.
He said the league informed its clubs of its intention to play a 44-minute game but that it was not presented as something the league is seriously considering instituting in the regular season, ESPN reported.
I love both of those guys, but as an owner who played the game, I loved playing. If I wasn’t playing 82 games, I still would’ve been playing somewhere else because that’s the love for the game I had. As a player, I never thought 82 games was an issue,” Jordan said.
“I would never shorten the game by four minutes,” Jordan said, “unless guys were having physical issues.”
Jordan went on to compare basketball players to football players, and added that there’s a big difference.
“It’s not like football,” he said. “We don’t really have to worry about concussions and some of the physical damage that football players deal with after they retire. I can understand football players wanting to play fewer games from a physical standpoint. But basketball’s not the same.”
“I’m not diminishing the fact that we go through a grueling season. But I wouldn’t want to shorten the game or play 15-20 fewer games,” he said.
Jordan played in total 1072 NBA games (1039 started), averaging 30.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg in 38.3 minutes per contest. He was a 14-time NBA All-Star, and 6-times the NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls.
Jordan led the NBA in scoring in 10 seasons (NBA record) and tied Wilt Chamberlain’s record of seven consecutive scoring titles.
He was also a fixture on the NBA All-Defensive First Team, making the roster nine times. Many of Jordan’s contemporaries label Jordan as the greatest basketball player of all time.Follow @exnbadotcom
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