It’s a fair question. George Karl said the cramming of 66 games into 122 days is “taking a marathon and turning it into a triathlon.” (However, this analogy seemed inaccurate to me – isn’t a marathon harder?? – so I g-chatted my buddy Chris, who explained to me, “Yeah I think what he said works, because it implies more challenges over same amount of time –or over shorter amount of time.” So, whatever.)
Anyway, the NBA schedule will be very demanding on bodies. Some NBA experts suggest that older teams such as the Spurs and Celtics might benefit from the shorter schedule, because there are fewer games to get hurt – and, because they’re veteran players, they’ll jell faster into the season.
As for the Nuggets, a younger team with a long bench, Karl said, “It’s going to be extremely difficult on certain nights — from a coaching standpoint, hopefully our depth will make us better. Once we get our roster set, I think we’re going to be a team that has a lot of good players. We go out