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NBA All-Star Break extended to one week, most teams off 8 or 9 days

Aug 13, 2014, 6:17 PM EDT

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NBA players, particularly the ones that get into the All-Star Game, have asked for this for a while — a longer mid-season break to rest their bodies and recharge for the home stretch and the playoffs.

They got it.

As has been rumored, there will be a week-long All-Star break around the mid-season game in New York this year with a break from Feb. 12-19, the NBA revealed when it released the schedule Wednesday afternoon. Most teams and players will have a little more than that, eight or nine days off around the Feb. 15 All-Star Game in New York.

If you think that means things will be quiet around the NBA guess again — that is the time of the trade deadline. That’s what everybody really wants to talk about in February anyway, now there just won’t be any of those pesky games to get in the way of trade rumors.

The longer break is something a lot of coaches and players wanted. NBA players union president Chris Paul specifically had talked about.

Players voted in by fans or picked by coaches complained they really didn’t get time off — they would play Wednesday or Thursday, fly to the city of the game, have mandatory events Friday, Saturday and the game Sunday, then fly back Monday for a Tuesday game (or at least practice). More than the physical side of it, there was a feeling there was no mental break.

Now everybody gets a week to let the bumps and bruises of the season heal for a week, preparing for the stretch drive.

The league is considering this an experiment — they will try it for a year and go from there.

This is something the players have wanted, but if you think the owners aren’t going to bring it up and ask for a little something back during the next CBA negotiations you haven’t been paying attention.

  1. 88heatnation - Aug 13, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Well done.

  2. elcaminobilly - Aug 13, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    This is a good thing for the players. It means likely no one will play more than 82 games in a season again. Occasionally if a player got traded they would play 83 games if the new team had played less than the old. Rare but interesting.

    • spursareold - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      ??? That can still happen. Everyone doesn’t play game 1 or game 33 or game 58 on the same day, nard.

  3. jcmeyer10 - Aug 13, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    I don’t mind a couple extra days so the quality of basketball might be better down the stretch.

  4. sportsfan18 - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Why should the players give anything back for this?

    There will still be 82 regular season games. The teams and the league will still receive the same TV money.

    The owners may ask but whoever the leadership is for the players should ask what monetary harm this caused the owners.

    • spursareold - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      Exactly. The owners benefit from having more rested players for the stretch run, leading to better, more competitive games.

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