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Chicago Tribune: 82-game season “could be salvaged”

Oct 20, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

*Jul 24 - 00:05*

Things are looking grim. The first two weeks of the season have been cancelled, and cancellation of games through Christmas Day may be coming soon. However, one league source gave the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson a sliver of hope for NBA fans:

Another league source said that, despite Stern’s cancellation, there still is a possibility an 82-game schedule can be salvaged in a lengthened season that would stretch into July. That is, if progress continues to the point a deal is made this week.

It’s actually a bit remarkable that so few people have been talking about this — if the season starts later, have it end a bit later and keep all the games. The chances of an 82-game season are slim, and hopes for more than 60 games this year may be slim, but it appears there is a small glimmer of hope for fans hoping to see a full 2011-12 season. That is, if a deal gets done this week.

  1. goforthanddie - Oct 20, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    Try getting a 1-game season first.

  2. mogogo1 - Oct 21, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    It’s actually a bit remarkable that so few people have been talking about this — if the season starts later, have it end a bit later and keep all the games.
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    The remarkable thing is that anybody would think that was a good idea. You’ve got players who haven’t been in training and you’re going to expect them to put in a full season, then have an abbreviated offseason so they could start the next season on the normal schedule? How many injuries would that cause and how lousy would the product be?

    Absolutely nothing would be harmed by an abbreviated season and nobody is going to mourn if all 82 games aren’t played.

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