Lakers' Jared Dudley against 50-game season
Lakers forward Jared Dudley doesn't think either side would benefit from a 50-game NBA season. Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

As the NBA and NBPA continue discussions on when the next season should begin, veteran forward Jared Dudley took to social media and voiced his own opinion on the matter, explaining why a proposal that allows teams to play a total of 50 games shouldn’t be considered by either side.

“Can’t play 50 games .. Thats a hard no for the players!” Dudley wrote. “Has to be a min of 72.. the real question is what change in a week? The league kept saying January January.. Everybody knew how big Christmas was and Olympics being late July months ago.. TV just mentioned it now??"

The NBA is offering a proposal that allows next season to start as early as Dec. 22, one that multiple high-level players have reportedly refused to date. The players’ union prefers to start closer to Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 18, with both sides expected to reach agreement on a schedule framework in the near future.

By lowering the number of games played from 82 to 50, the salaries of players would be drastically reduced. However, by starting the season too soon, the league risks injuring or bogging down the health of its players who recently played in Orlando — with the Finals ending only three weeks ago.

Here are some other odds and ends from around the basketball world:

  • New Iona coach Rick Pitino remains intent on coaching the Greek national team during next June’s qualifiers, he told Marc Stein of the New York Times (Twitter link). Pitino first announced his intention of coaching the team in November of 2019.
  • NBA commissioner Adam Silver will have to find a way to balance revenue with safety entering next season, Steve Popper of Newsday writes. It’s unclear how the league plans to proceed in terms of fan attendance, with the absence of spectators naturally causing the league to lose a significant amount of money. Outside of attendance, both the NBA and NBPA have yet to reach agreement on when next season should even begin.

This article first appeared on Hoops Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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