We still don’t know the NBA schedule for the 2017-18 season and we’re less than two months away from the opening tip-off.
To be fair, we still don’t even know what every team’s new Nike uniforms will look like, so the Association isn’t rushing to get a lot of info out these days.
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What we do know is that the league wants to keep their stars on the court and eliminate teams resting their marquee players down the stretch, mainly during primetime games in the spring when all eyes are on the NBA.
The league sent out a memo earlier this week breaking down changes to the upcoming schedule, which ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reports is being finalized and should be released next week.
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What kinds of changes?
For starters, commissioner Adam Silver already announced the season will start roughly two weeks earlier than usual in order to allow players proper rest throughout their grueling 82-game campaign.
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According to Windhorst, they’re expounding on the theory that spreading the season over more days will reduce the number of DNPs, or resting players.