June 10, 2023

NBA’s 65-Game Minimum For Awards Considered ‘Ceremonial Rule’, Unlikely To Create Change

The NBA is requiring a 65-game minimum for postseason awards as part of their new collective bargaining agreement.

“To me, this is a ceremonial rule,” said Adrian Wojnarowski on his podcast. “This is a ‘Look, we’re trying to do something. We’re trying to show you we’re doing something to curb load management. To impact all these lost games we’re having with star players.

“I don’t know this is going to change much behavior. I’m rolling my eyes a little bit at that one… I don’t see this impacting star players playing in any more or less games than they would have before.”

The broader issue is that the majority of games missed is due to injury, not load management. Load management is also largely dictated by teams rather than players.

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