An Open Letter to Adam Silver from an Nba Fan

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Clipper Starter
Posts: 794
Location: Mira Loma, Ca. 91752
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Dear new commissioner Adam,

I would like to take this time to plead with you on what changes need to be made immediately to take the best professional game in the USA to even GREATER HEIGHTS! You now have in your power in your first year an opportunity that Mr. Stubborn, I mean Stern, didn't do in his entire 30 years as chief!

For the sake of the players, and to reduce the multiple crippling effects of injuries, YOU MUST ELIMINATE OR AT LEAST MODIFY THE BACK TO BACK SCHEDULE FORMAT THAT IS DEVASTATING OUR NBA PLAYERS' HEALTH!

In the short run, it's simple, JUST don't have any b2b games on next year's schedule. To accomplish this, you must get together with the NHL, and tell the stadium venue owners, along with the tv moron producers, that the two leagues will be deciding their game dates, PERIOD! The days of the tail wagging the dog are OVER!

You may have to open the season sooner, say the first week of October, and maybe end in the last week of April, but if this adjustment saves JUST ONE NBA PLAYER from a season or career ending injury, IT'S WELL WORTH THE TROUBLE TO CHANGE, DON'T YOU AGREE, MR.SILVER?

And to further end injuries and improve game play AT the beginning of the season, you should also open training camps one week after the summer leagues have finished playing. The teams'will gel sooner and the fans will benefit from opening night games where the teams are now much more cohesive from more practice time given to them after the summer league ended.

In closing, Mr.Commissioner Adam, you now have a chance to correct this game and bring even more performance and entertainment to the fan base without having to do anything more than move and adjust a few game dates around! How simple is that?

Posts: 3074
votes: 9

The back-to-back excuse is getting ridiculous. How about we start winning on the second night of back-to-backs instead of whining for the league to get rid of them?

Posts: 4852
votes: 37

Yeah everyone has to deal with it and I don't think it's really causing more injuries. I think the game is more athletic and requires people to push their bodies more.

Clipper Starter
Posts: 315
votes: 5

I think they should cut the schedule, other pro leagues tend to play shorter schedules and have more time off between games. A lot of more casual fans don't care much until the playoffs anyway. I'd do a 66 game schedule, 2 games against each team, 4 against teams in division. I'd rather see both teams full strength every game, than one having a big advantage from schedule.

Clipper All-Star
Posts: 1470

votes: 9

I like that idea, but the NBA would never cut the schedule by 16 games. They would lose too much money. I would guess that the NBA would increase the numbers before cutting them. The NBA's a business and it cares about money more than anything else.

Clipper D-League Pickup
Posts: 33
votes: 1

I personally don't like B2B's. I think they weigh heavy in favor of the resting team. I'm not complaining about the Clippers losses during a B2B, but I'm a big fan of parity and equality when you look at a schedule.

There has been talks in the past about eliminating the division and just have 2 conferences. In this case you have everyone within a conference playing each other the same amount of times.

It's hard to argue that it wouldn't be more difficult to play the Warriors one night and Thunder the next night as opposed to playing say the Lakers the second. Equal amount of B2B's is one thing, but it feels like every game against a top seeded team it's on the road on the second night.

If B2B's don't go away, I'd be a huge advocate to change the rule that the second game has to be home no matter what, even if it means traveling home. IMO, that's the only way to level out the playing field.

Clipper All-Star
Posts: 1977

votes: 2

I heard the NBA play more games in a season than any other pro sport. Dunno if it is true but the amount of games is staggering.

Posts: 5129
votes: 29

I don't mind B2B in theory. But why so many elite teams on B2B nights? We played teams like Miami, GS, Indiana, OKC, Portland, San Antonio...ALL the second of a B2B...and ALL on the effing road...

...What the hell is up with that?

Clipper All-Star
Posts: 1977

votes: 2

Yeah.................not very conducive!

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