So, now that the details have been largely settled regarding the new collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the question becomes: When are we going to see some real, live NBA action?
We know that regular season games are scheduled to begin on Christmas Day and that we will have two preseason games (instead of the usual 8), but what will the new, truncated schedule actually look like?
A 66-game schedule has been announced, the details of which can be found on NBA.com. A few of the highlights/oddities that might interest you are as follows:
- Each team will play 48 conference games and 18 non-conference games. This means that there will not be a “home-and-home” with all the teams in the other conference, as is the norm. In fact, only 3 non-conference teams will be seen in both cities.
- Only 6 conference opponents will be played 4 times (2 home, 2 away). The rest will be shoehorned into 3-game sets.
- The regular season is slated to end on April 26, which is about two weeks later than normal. Considering that we’re starting the season two months late, that’s not too bad.
- The most interesting part of the new schedule is the introduction of back-to-back-to-back games. That’s right, three games in three nights. Every team will have to play at least one, but not more than three of these grueling ordeals. That should make for some interesting matchups and some tired legs.
Full details of the new schedule will be released on NBA.com once it is completed.