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Lakers open season on back-to-back-to-back

Dec 5, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers Bryant walks off the court after Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas Reuters

In every NBA season there are what are called “scheduled losses” where some team is going to lose a game thanks to the schedule maker. If you are on your third game in four days and draw a rested Oklahoma City, you are in trouble no matter who you are.

This year there are going to be a lot of scheduled losses. Details of the NBA schedule — set to be released Tuesday at 7 p.m. (Eastern) — are starting to leak out and my legs are getting tired just reading about it.

Like the Lakers opening the season with a back-to-back-to-back — at home to Chicago, at Sacramento then back to Los Angeles to face Utah, reports the Los Angeles Times. Pretty pumped if you’re the Lakers fan who spent crazy cash to get tickets for that Utah game so you can watch the Lakers slog around on tired legs, aren’t you?

Then there is this tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.

One league official says there are seven NBA teams that have two stretches of 5 games in 6 nights this season. Good luck with that.

Who wants to see how the Boston Celtics’ old legs look on the fifth game in six nights? Who wants to pay to see that?

That is one area the league could see backlash — in its effort to get as many games as possible in (read: rake in more revenue) they will have games so compacts as to hurt the quality of play. They are selling a weakened product.

And there are going to be a lot more “scheduled losses” this season where we can expect teams to lose basked on the schedule and not talent.

  1. craigw24 - Dec 5, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Do you really entertain any idea that the owners really give a rat**** about the general public? If they did, we wouldn’t have lost any games this year. I think it is the definition of naive to expect owners to act in anything other than their own, short-term interest.

  2. willardj - Dec 5, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    The only reason the lockout ended now is because Christmas games are when the league makes its most money.

  3. brooklynbulls - Dec 5, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    This is going to be traumatic to Kobe’s and Bynum’s knees!

  4. dalucks - Dec 5, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    This is why the players and small market owners should have said 82 games or none because this is not going to be good for anyone. This best thing for the league is to shut down for the entire year, fix the CBA so small market teams can be competitive and players can still get 55% of BRI and fans can get more affordable tickets so people will actually go to games. This season will be a 66 game disaster.

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