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David Stern admits lockout season 'not perfect'

Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:38 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver 
David Stern admits that the play this year has been "uneven." (Getty Images)

Critics, including Naismith Hall of Famer Charles Barkley here, have decried the quality of basketball during this lockout-shortened season. Scoring is down, shooting percentages are down, injuries are causing players to lose a greater percentage of a team's games with the compressed schedule, back-to-back-to-backs have drawn Heat from basically everyone and there have been plenty of blowouts already.

In an interview with USA Today, NBA commissioner David Stern acknowledged that he is aware of the criticism and that the compressed season, which attempted to fit 66 games into roughly four months, was not an ideal situation.
I don't think the media will let go of it for a while because it's all too delicious every time there's a blowout or every time there's a loss, you're saying this horrendous lockout-shortened season. … It's not the perfect season. It has its unevenness to it. It has coaches making decisions that they think are best for them and teams — like how to space minutes, how to deal with practice or not, scrimmage or not, how to deal with training. Some trainers are changing, actually, the nutritional direction of their team — emphasizing, perhaps, more massage for recovery than previously.

So this is enabling teams to see whether these very significant sums of money they're spending on lots of talent are going to be making a difference in the competitive landscape. And several teams believe it has. But they're treating it as trade secrets, which they don't want to share.

However, Stern defended the schedule, as he has done before, stating that sacrificing 16 games and compressing the season was a worthwhile sacrifice to better the game with a new collective bargaining agreement.
I think the 20% of the games of one season is going to turn out to have been a modest price to pay for the fundamental change in the league's operation going forward. And by that I mean its competitiveness and the value of its franchises.
To boil this down, Stern is basically saying, "Charge it to the game." NBA television ratings and online interest are way up, the Jeremy Lin phenomenon has essentially erased any of the ill will still left over from the ugly labor negotiations and attendance numbers league-wide are strong. The league can expect a number of big-market teams to be a factor come playoff time, thanks to the Knicks, Lakers, Clippers, Bulls and Mavericks. The Miami Heat, a major star-studded breadwinner, show no signs of slowing down.  

The complaints are sure to fade by the time the playoffs roll around and once it's time for the NBA Draft, now just four months away, the league's calendar will officially be back on track. Stern can make a public admission like this now, because the storm has essentially been weathered.

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:15 am

David Stern admits lockout season 'not perfect'

"OMG Dirk and Durant get the calls big time."

THIS!! I was watching the Knicks vs. Mavericks game the other night, and it was like as soon as somone TOUCHED Dirk, FOUL!  Plenty of calls I was sitting there like "Are you serious!?" Just glad we won the game. The "stars" have always gotten the calls though...

Since: Feb 22, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:11 am
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Since: Feb 13, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:53 am

David Stern admits lockout season 'not perfect'

I agree with you nolongerfan,  Stern knows that fans know this but doesn't care.  Also it's not just the teams they baby it's the players.  OMG Dirk and Durant get the calls big time.  Those guys are very good but the refs calling fouls every time you touch them is crazy.  Dirk is the biggest flopper too, He flops his arms and legs on every drive, its so weak.  Play with some strength , the NBA has gone soft.

Since: Feb 13, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:47 am

David Stern admits lockout season 'not perfect'

Stern is a horrible commish and doesn't ever have to answer for it because as long as the league makes money the players and the agents aren't going to say much.

Here a couple ideas that he could of implemented this year.

schedule a 3 games series with teams that are in close proximity.  Lakers at Portland for 2 games then Portland at Lakers for 1 then Portland plays 2 in Golden State then Golden State plays one in Portland.

Saves travel time, the series will be a fun to watch because of the adjustments and momentum.  

Second, the west should play the west 75 percent of the games and play limited games against the east and visa versa.
The reason is so that you can cut travel time and the battle for the playoff spots will be more intense because you have head to head battles against teams that are bunched together.  

Also if you play the other conference early and play the last 3/4 of the season in the your own conference you will have better quality games and playoff spots could come down to a 3 game series against two or more teams and that would be exciting for everybody. 

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:03 am

Gotcha urinalism

Why does it have to be characterized as an "admission?"  Everyone knows its not perfect.  Stern agrees.  Of course, it's not newsworthy unless it's slanted to look like he had not been previously forthcoming.


Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:19 pm

David Stern admits lockout season 'not perfect'

You know what else isn't perfect?  The refing.  Absolutely the worst, one sided affairs I have ever seen, in favor of the six or so front running, star studded teams this year.  

The NBA doesn't care how about:  
San Antonio

And it shows in how many calls they get against the elite or babied teams from LA, NY, Miami, or Chicago.   

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