The great thing about the NBA's season length is that it is in the sweet spot. It's not as tedious as baseball; it isn't as exclusive as the NFL, which jacks up ticket prices. The NBA is already the perfect length, bringing NBA stars to arenas all over the country. Plus, 82 games gives some of the best athletes in the world an opportunity to perform amazing plays daily. The NBA season is already the perfect length.
People have been calling for the NBA season to be shortened, but people haven't considered the repercussions. Bethlehem Shoals of GQ lays it out:
Maybe this reasoning is too abstract or idealistic. But if the NBA season is too long, the answer isn’t to change the structure of the sport or take games off. Forty-eight minutes and eighty-two games were good enough for Hall of Famers to ever play the sport; why should today’s players receive special treatment? That’s the kind of rationale that could lead to anti-player backlash.
The NBA season is an unnecessarily grind. With all the back-to-backs, practices and games, people get hurt. 82 games plus playoff matchups put the players at risk for serious injuries. Even now, coaches know that a lot of the games are meaningless. So, they save their players by benching them, robbing fans of a chance to see some of the NBA's biggest stars. Silver should propose a shortened season.
Players have a lot of pressure on them to perform at 100 percent. With the level of athleticism in the NBA, that is an unfair request. Check out what Bill Simmons said on his podcast:
Everybody plays really hard and you have to run out on shooters all the time, more ground to cover, and if you don't give a crap and you mail in a possession or a play, you end up like Otto Porter standing there like a jack--- while his guy runs away and you're on 'Shaqtin' a Fool.' So there is this pressure to just go [all] out all the time ... It's not sustainable. You're going to lay in the runway. You're going to fall on your wrist. Your knee is going to act up. You're going to be playing through some injury and pretend you don't have it, and I just wonder if these guys go too hard and do we have to reduce the season now.