Excellent thread! The NBA definitely needs to shorten their seasons.One of my favorite and most exciting seasons that I've watched was the 98-99 season,not only because the Knicks made it all the way to the NBA finals but because there was a certain thrill factor to it being only 50 games.You saw a Knicks team,that was really more talented than what their record showed, knock off a 1st seeded Miami Heat team.I believe that had that season been longer than what it was the Knicks would have not gotten hot at the right time to make the run that they did.
As entertaining as the NBA is, its seasons seem redundant and sluggish at times.Things don't start really picking up until the playoffs come around.You have teams that don't take the regular season that serious and only bring their A game in the postseason and teams that beat up on a lot of lesser talented teams in the regular season but get exposed in a seven game series.
The NBA regular season can be very predictable.It is rare that you see a surprise team come up out of nowhere and win 50 games.It pretty much is set in stone which teams are going to easily make it to the playoffs and which teams aren't.I don't care if teams like San Antonio Spurs and the OKC Thunder beat up on eachother during the regular season because most likely those teams will make it far in the playoffs and face eachother.Championships aren't really determined until mid May.
The regular season is something that is used to market teams and players in order to get fans of these teams and players to empty out their pockets for 6 months.If someone is just an NBA fan and not a fan of a particular team I think it is better for that person not to watch any NBA games until mid March.I feel that if the NBA season were shorter you wouldn't see teams like the Miami Heat sleep walk during the regular season but take their schedule a bit more serious.You would also see teams that are not that talented, but tend to be streaky, finish with a higher seed and even win a playoff round. These are a couple of benefits that the NBA could receive if they featured lesser games on their schedule.