The NBA officially announced its abbreviated 66-game schedule. Each team is set to play 48 conference games and 18 non-conference games. The full schedule can be found at NBA.com/schedule.
Each team will play at least one back-to-back-to-back with no more than three and will also have a higher number of back-to-backs. The average games per week for each team will rise from 3.5 to 3.9 with that equaling two more games per month per team.
The season kicks off Dec. 25 and will end April 26, with the playoffs starting April 28.
For the most part, the new schedule isn't all that ridiculous. Not like the 50-game schedule in 1999, at least. Typically, 82 games are squeezed into roughly 165 days. This season, 66 are pushed into about 120. Two extra games per month isn't thatheavy, but the set of back-to-back-to-back games won't be fun.
Any time players are overworked, injuries and quality of play become issues, but that's just the breaks at this point. Yes, the league could have decided to go with 60 or 56 games instead, but getting the max amount of games into a season not only means everyone makes more money, but the season has a bit more credibility to it.
The most important thing: There actually is a schedule.