Richard Jefferson Goes On About Shortening the NBA Season

Richard Jefferson

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Professional sports is not the easiest way to earn a living. That was part of what Richard Jefferson was trying to achieve during his… viral rant after Adam Silver came up with the idea to shortening the NBA season. Jefferson was drafted in 2001 and is credited with playing 80 or more regular season games, six times, 79 times in the first 10 seasons of his 17 in the NBA.

However, his career completely changed after his seventh season. In season eight, his field goal percentage dropped from 46.6 percent of the field to 43.9, and his scoring average dropped three points. From then on, he would be a role player in the NBA after once being a reliable 20-point scorer to an Eastern Conference champion, because while recovery and nutrition in 2005 weren’t quite what they are in 2022, the NBA grind is still there. a beast.

That grind, as Jefferson explained, helps separate the pros from the Joes, but it also grinds up the product of NBA basketball. Sure, cryotherapy and normatecs make recovery easier, but players still fly across the country and land in the middle of the night to play NBA games with fast turnaround times. dr. Charles Czeisler, medical director of sleep medicine at Harvard University, told Tom Haberstroh that the NBA deprive sleep are players with the crazy schedule, even with the reduced number of back to back and extended all star break. He compared it to asking the players to play drunk.

czeisler said:

“It makes no sense to me. These guys are so extraordinarily talented, and it’s a shame they’re being affected. It would be like the NBA saying, ‘Okay, let’s see how they do when we starve the players. Okay, let’s see how they do when we get them all drunk before they play, so everyone has to shoot six times before they play the game.” Would anyone in their right mind consider that?”

When Jefferson berated the players on television, he was basically portraying the players as righteous and coddled – he actually said spoiled twice. Stephen A. Smith much less. He talked more about how a handful of players who take rest days when not injured can come back to hurt the players during collective bargaining, but he still put the responsibility for change on the players. NBPA president – and New Orleans Pelicans guard – CJ McCollum has been on First Take all week. He claimed that it not always the players who draw themselves. Management often plans the off-days. Never forget that the San Antonio Spurs made this exercise famous, when Gregg Popovich regularly sat Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobli and Tony Parker at nationally televised matches.

Watch the Milwaukee Bucks’ final game of the 2021-22 regular season. They had a chance to take the No. 2 seed in the East with a win. The Bucks went with a starting lineup of Jordan Nwora, Sandro Mamukelashvili, Thanais Antetokounmpo, Jevon Carter and Jrue Holiday. Either most starters and main reserves have decided individually or as a group not to play in that game, or it is more likely that the coaches and/or management have called for almost every player who could contribute in the postseason. deliver, keep out of the competition.

It’s always easier to yell and yell at the rightful basketball player. It makes for better television, and sometimes it’s the instinctive move. Jefferson is no longer the young Arizona high-flyer. He is 41 years old. Smith has enough debt at any given time to blame everyone else, so perhaps he should be more willful in expressing that criticism of the NBA’s senior management. By shortening the season, the uniformless people would be more willing to play against their best players all year round. And for the handful of 2018 Kyrie Irving, Ben Simmons, and Kawhi Leonard situations that arise, those can be handled separately.

If the NBA believes that a lack of star power on random nights is why national television ratings aren’t where the league thinks they should be, then cutting the schedule could be a meaningful step. The massive 82-game regular-season slate, much like the 162 game schedule in baseball, is hard to sustain interest over six months of play with endless streaming options available on television. Taking some matches off the schedule in both leagues could make them feel more important and potentially generate more viewers per match, which could bring in more money in the long run. If leagues think this is really a problem.

MLB just revised their national television contracts and received record numbers, as did the NFL. The NBA is next and with ESPN and Turner leaning more and more towards live events – TNT and TBS put an end to scripted programming — it shouldn’t be difficult for the league to achieve its goal: triple the price by maintaining the status quo.

Silver may be concerned about the 10-year contract after that, because who literally knows what the world will be like at that point. If he can present some data showing that more ad revenue will reach more eyeballs with a 65-72 match schedule than going for it. That’s still a lot of games for people to watch.

Financially, the move is to largely stick with the status quo, but make minor adjustments, such as the play-in tournament. But for the pundits on television, there’s a reason Isiah Thomas didn’t play nearly as long as Chris Paul and Michael Jordan—after two retirements—still couldn’t produce as many seasons as LeBron James. The 82 games and four play-off rounds are brutal. Boys are playing longer now because medicine has improved, but the grind is the grind. Players need breaks to get through their sleep deprivation as optimally as possible. So don’t get mad at them for doing what they need to do to have the longest, most effective career possible, or for what management tells them to do.