Sportress of Blogitude

Kevin Love defends tradition of 82-game NBA season, opposed to changing it


There has been plenty of discussion recently regarding some pretty drastic changes the NBA could make to improve the quality of its on-court product. From talk last winter about abolishing divisions to shortening the length of quarters to shorten games, the concepts being pondered are fairly substantial and would have a significant impact upon the game.

One of the prevailing topics of conversation regarding possible radical changes to the NBA game revolve around reducing the length of an NBA season from 82 games to a shorter, unspecified amount. Proponents of the change include big-time names like LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki, among others, but one NBA superstar is opposed to shortening the season: Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love.

Love argues that reducing the season by any length would have unintended consequences, including changing the game to such a degree that it would be impossible to compare modern day players to the greats of the NBA’s glorified past.

“I always am a guy who looks back at some of the all-time greats. They went through [82 games],” Love told Business Insider at a recent charity event. When you compare — look at a guy like Kevin Durant. If he doesn’t have 82 games, will he ever be able to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the all-time scoring list?”

The NBA moved to an 82-game regular season in 1967, so to reduce it to 60 games or some other number would have a huge effect on player stats. While that may not be the biggest aspect of the league working on improving the game, it would require some adjustments.

But as far as Love is concerned, if it ain’t broke — his opinion on the topic — don’t fix it. Love also feels that players are used to it, so why not just keep things status quo.

“82 games does feel like a lot of games, but we’re used to it, you know… I don’t know,” Love said. “Being a basketball purist — the daily grind, and the grind of 82 games, it’s just part of the game.”