Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 11/3/11
Jeff Van Gundy is urging NBA commissioner David Stern to learn from the lockout mistakes of 1999 and not shorten training camp or cram too many regular-season games into a shortened space. Van Gundy warned that reducing team camps for an overstuffed schedule will hurt the product, and the fans. Van Gundy, an ESPN/ABC broadcaster, is an authority on the '99 lockout, at which point he was coaching the Knicks. His team emerged from a spotty 50-game regular season to rampage to the finals. Van Gundy, however, said the basketball quality was substandard. By having a normal camp and less-congested schedule, Stern will show he does care about the fans, Van Gundy said. "The fans deserve what they're accustomed to seeing -- the best basketball in the world even if it costs the players and owners money," Van Gundy said from his Houston home Wednesday. "I'm hopeful the league learned from 1999 and doesn't rush it and realize one more week of patience, one more week of camp would be benefi...
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