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Report: NBA considering week-long break for All-Star Game next year

Jul 26, 2014, 12:01 AM EDT

NBA All-Star James, Anthony, Wade, Bosh and Irving look up at the clock in the fourth quarter of the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston NBA All-Star James, Anthony, Wade, Bosh and Irving look up at the clock in the fourth quarter of the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

This is something a lot of players had requested. Commissioner Adam Silver said last All-Star Break that players had told him they wanted more time off around the All-Star Game.

For guys going to the All-Star Game there is not much of a break — a game Wednesday or maybe Thursday, they fly straight to the host city and have obligations and events from Friday through Sunday, then they are back on the court the next Tuesday. They rightfully say they don’t get much rest. As for guys not in the All-Star game who are supposed to get five days off (but it’s really four thanks to a mandated practice day)… who doesn’t want more vacation time?

Players had requested a week-long All-Star break and they may get it starting next season in New York, reports Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.

The NBA is poised to turn the All-Star break into All-Star week this coming season, the Sun Sentinel has learned, providing teams with a full week off at midseason.

The move, which would give players seven days off between games in mid-February, would result in an increase of one or two back-to-back sets per team for the coming season, a party familiar with the process said.

“That’s the model they’re using right now while they’re filling in the schedule,” an NBA source familiar with the process told the Sun Sentinel Friday. “Could they go back and use some of those dates if needed? That’s possible. But the week off looks like what’s going to happen.”

The NBA’s schedule is supposed to be released in August, with move of LeBron James to Cleveland forcing the league’s television partners to reconsider what would be the marquee games on what days. A week off in the middle also would force some shifts in the calendar.

I’m good with this week off. On the court, it means more time off to rest injuries, plus tired legs and minds, which should mean a higher level of play to follow.

Plus, that week we’re all talking about the trade deadline anyway. It’s not like the NBA is going to be out of the news cycle.

However, this is not the kind of concession Adam Silver and the owners are going to just give the players for free. This is the kind of thing that comes up in collective bargaining when Silver starts talking about having a 20-year-old age limit (or some other priority of Silver and the owners). There’s no such thing as a free week off.

  1. innovativethinking87 - Jul 26, 2014 at 2:31 AM

    Great idea. Finally..

  2. saint1997 - Jul 26, 2014 at 5:43 AM

    Silver is really establishing himself as a player’s commissioner – which as you noted plays a big role in providing goodwill come negotiation time

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 26, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      til he tries to raise the age limit to 20…

      then he’ll be the devil and they’ll forget all the good he did

      and he’s letting the Sterlings continue to own the Clips

  3. 1heatedtoombrayduh - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Here is why reading is fundamental..I thought the headline said “NBA to try a week long allstar game” I was like WTF then i read it again lol…

    but yeah its is needed

    • imakcds - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      at least you caught yourself before putting your foot in your mouth, which I’ve done countless times.
      blaming a lack of coffee is getting old…
      for that matter, so am I.

    • urodaddy07 - Jul 26, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      The headline is wrong though; the break is not just for the All-Star game; it’s several events.

  4. geejon - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Some concession. If this means it would result in an increase of 1 or 2 back-to-back games during the year then all they’re doing is using 2 dates that normally would be off-days from other dates during the season and moving them to the all-star break. Yeah, huge bargaining chip at the next labor negotiations lmao.

  5. johnc44 - Jul 26, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Yes! Please give these poor guys some rest.They have to play 3 basketball games a week 6 months of the year.And they only get an average salary of 5 million to do it.
    I don`t know why they put up with this long.

  6. johninpa - Jul 26, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    They could take six or eight weeks off. I wouldn’t mind.

  7. whodatnhollywood - Jul 27, 2014 at 2:35 AM

    For the all star players’ sake, I hope this happens. While the non-all stars are resting, reconnecting with family, or healing, the all stars are hard at work. Major League Baseball should do the same! Their season is even longer! While the players earn hefty salaries in MLB, a week off for them could prove to be refreshing and energizing too!

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