Originally posted on Sun Sentinel  |  Last updated 12/7/11
Q: Don’t you think the season is too compact? Players are going to get hurt. Besides, the regular season is meaningless. Ask LeBron. Why push the regular season and potentially hurt your product when the playoffs matter? — Stuart. A: Because the league didn’t want the playoffs to come off as counterfeit after a makeshift season like in 1999. I think this will be a legitimate season, just a different sort of season. It’s safe to say Miami, Chicago, Boston and Orlando (if they keep Dwight) still will rise to the expected levels in the East. I do think this scheduling is brutal and one of my peeves is retaining the All-Star Game (now there’s a truly counterfeit experience). It’s absurd that amid all this clutter the Heat will have six days off for the All-Star break. Q: Didn’t a team that was thrown together last year with key injuries to two of its top five rotation players (Haslem/Miller) miss the title by two wins?  Last I checked Chicago still only had D-Rose who could create his...
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