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NBA open to idea of expanding All-Star break to a week

Feb 14, 2014, 9:20 AM EDT

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The All-Star weekend is a busy one — and not just for Damian Lillard (who will be in five events during the weekend).

For the players selected to the team it is a whirlwind of media events, community events, practices and, oh yea, a basketball game. Plus a few parties. Then a few more parties. You think it’s a weekend off but it’s more like that vacation your wife schedules out where she wants to see and do everything in Italy/New York/San Francisco/wherever that you are constantly running around and when it’s over you don’t feel like you rested at all.

It’s not much of a rest for the players (there is a reason Tim Duncan didn’t want to be on the team this year, the coaches granted him his wish and didn’t vote him on even though he was deserving).

Some players have brought up the idea of expanding the All-Star break to a week, including players’ union president Chris Paul, and the.

“I definitely think it’s something that should happen,” Paul told NBA.com while attending a pep rally and press conference at a New Orleans grade school, where he was inducted into the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation ambassador program.

Paul said he spoke with Silver about the possibility of a longer All-Star break.

“Obviously All-Star Weekend is all about the fans and showcasing our game to the entire world, but it would be nice to get a little break,” the Clippers guard said. “Not saying the all stars are unhappy or ungrateful for being all stars, but to enjoy your family for a couple days would be nice.”

“I said, ‘We’d be happy to look into it,’ ” Silver said. “The notion is that, in addition to the All-Star Game and the events itself, there would be a break built into the schedule. Maybe we could resume play on Thursday night, later in the week, to insure that the All-Stars got time off as well.”

Silver is more open to discussing new ideas than David Stern was, at least that’s the feeling around the league.

He’s also a negotiator. If he gives the players this what is he going to want in return?

It’s not a bad idea, a little longer breather in the NBA schedule. Just something to watch as the new commissioner and the new union president start to talk about issues of concern to both sides.

  1. bjornreyes - Feb 14, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    That would make it more of an All Star “break.”

  2. spursareold - Feb 14, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    It’s a longer breather, but something would have to give, and that would mean likely 3 more back to backs for every team, since they would be adding 3 days to the 4 day ASB. Like school snow days, they would have to be made up sometime.

  3. davidly - Feb 14, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Best not to give the fans an entire week to finally realize just how boring the all-star break is.

  4. jlinatl - Feb 14, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    The break could be divided with half the teams taking the break starting earlier and ending with the All Star Game so that their break ends as it does now. The other half starting as it does now with All Star Weekend at the front end and getting more days at the end.

    This alleviates the issue of the NBA being completely off the grid for too long. Baseball could in theory do the same thing. It would cause an adjustment to the schedule but it could be done.

    • spursareold - Feb 14, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      The NBA wants all of their All Stars at ASW for the duration. Heck, even the “injured” guys have to go and do the pressers. You can’t have some guys there and some not, and you can’t have guys away from their real teams while they are playing real games.

      Why don’t they just try for All Star Thursday, and see how that goes before blowing the whole thing up into a week that may or may not work at all?

  5. mogogo1 - Feb 14, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Great idea on the surface in terms of rest for players, especially the non-All-Stars. But unless they were going stretch the season out even more they’d have to cram games closer together to make up for a longer break. That would totally offset any extra rest guys would get.

    And they simply do not have a week’s worth of excitement.

  6. mrhonorama - Feb 14, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    All-Star weekend means more to the people (players, fans, media, etc.) who are there than the fans. Not only does the game itself suck, but most of the surrounding events are pretty boring too, with the exception of the three point shooting contest. Heck, once MLB added interleague play, it diminished what made their All-Star game cool. I’d much rather see a regular season game than the All-Star game — while the NBA takes its break, I’ll watch the NHL and college hoops.

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