January 18, 2012

Sick of the NBA season already

by Dan Bilicki In: Basketball

Are you sick of the NBA yet? Because I sure am.

Look at the amount of low-scoring games that are taking place night after night and look at how many injuries are being accrued. How many all-stars have are currently hurt right now? By my off-hand count, at least four: Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Al Horford and Manu Ginobilli. I’m sure I’m missing one or two guys as well.

But watching these sloppy games just isn’t fun. Who wants to see the Toronto Raptors play three games in three nights? I don’t even think the fans would appreciate that.

Our Raptors reporter Ryan Wolstat pointed out in today’s Sun that the Raptors had a full practice on Tuesday for the first time in almost two weeks. The next scheduled one is almost two weeks away too! How is this good for teams?

There’s no time for rehabbing players — and there’s a lot of them — to get back into rhythm before stepping into a game.

Look at the Raptors’ Aaron Gray. He was an off-season addition who has missed time with a leg injury and also some minor heart surgery. He hasn’t had a chance to even get a real practice with his new team in and somehow he’ll be expected to step on the court when he’s fit. How is that good?

A sport like baseball can live with a play-almost-everyday schedule because it doesn’t involve the level of exertion that other sports do.

Like I said at the beginning of the NBA season that this year would wear on both its fans and its players. I don’t think I could have been more right.

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