Warriors coach Steve Kerr likes Adam Silver’s idea of shortening NBA season
In recent weeks, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has brought the idea of cutting down the league’s regular season schedule, and it seems he has a supporter in Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
Over the past couple of years, some of the league’s best players have suffered serious injuries that had an impact on their careers. Just this season, Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo and Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic went down with season-ending injuries.
Kerr admits that his players are also victims of the long and rigorous season, and he believes removing seven games in the schedule would be beneficial to NBA teams.
Kerr on Adam Silver’s recent comments about possibly cutting the schedule down.
“I think 75 has a nice ring to it.” Says there are seven or eight games a year his players are just wiped out.
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Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins is one of the those who have been severely impacted by the grueling regular season schedule. In February last year, he suffered a torn Achilles while he was still playing for the New Orleans Pelicans. He signed with Golden State last summer and eventually returned in January. However, he suffered an injury once again during the first round of the playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Aside from Cousins, the Warriors are relatively healthy. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Andre Iguodala all had minor injuries, but they’re able to play through it and are still significantly effective against the Houston Rockets in the second round of the playoffs.
Still, Kerr believes that shortening the season would be beneficial to the players, and although the league hasn’t decided on this matter yet, they are expected to make changes within the next couple of years.