Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki has given his opinion on some controversial NBA topics that are dominating the headlines right now, and the league and it's sponsors possibly won't be too happy with what the big German has had to say.
With the NBA currently trialling shorter games during the pre-season, Nowitzki has come out and said that game length isn't the problem at all, instead the league should be shortening the season itself.
Reduce the Load
"You don't need 82 games"
“I think you don’t need 82 games to determine the best eight in each conference,” Nowitzki said to ESPN Wednesday. “That could be done a lot quicker, but I always understand that it’s about money, and every missed game means missed money for both parties, for the league, for the owners, for the players. I understand all that, and that’s why I don’t think it’s going to change any time soon.”
The 36-year old Nowitzki had another grievance he wanted to get off his chest with the way the league operates, namely back to back games. “Honestly, I never was a big fan of back-to-backs even when I was 20 years old,” the 16 year veteran added.
And it looks like Nowitzki isn't the only one that is rowing the boat of a reduced schedule. Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra has also come out critical against the league.
"I think there's too many games, to be frank," Coach Spo said to CBS Sports. "I think if there's some way to find a way to cut out some of the back-to-backs so there aren't 20-plus of them. I think that's the bigger issues, not shaving off four minutes in a particular game. But I'm open to seeing what happens with that."
Everyone knows that the NBA season in it's current format is far too long. It's just a simple question of whether or not Adam Silver a) wants to listen and b) can convince the sponsors and TV networks to support it.