NBA Considering Extending All-Star Break To 7 Days
Potential jumpoffs and Basketball Wives could see the chances of them hitting their proverbial lottery increase if the NBA moves forward with a proposed idea to turn their All-Star Weekend into All-Star Week.
Reports 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 release of the 2014-15 NBA schedule has been pushed back into August to allow the league’s television partners to adjust for the dramatic shakeup created by free agency, including the shift of LeBron James from the Miami Heat to Cleveland Cavaliers.
For the upcoming season, the extended All-Star break, which actually would come about three weeks beyond the midpoint of the 82-game regular-season schedule, would not impact the overall schedule calendar.
The 2014-15 NBA regular-season is scheduled to begin on Oct. 28 and conclude on April 15, with the 2015 playoffs beginning on April 18.
Commissioner Adam Silver hinted at the possibility of such a change during this past season’s All-Star Weekend.
The NBA All-Star Weekend is easily the most popular exhibition of all the major sports, with a heavy influence coming from countless Hip-Hop personalities.
In 2011, Michael Wilborn infamously refered to the event as “Black Thanksgiving,” citing the amount of women who flock to the spectacle in hopes to land them a baller.