The end of the 82-game NBA season


ON THURSDAY, 30 exquisitely appointed and very wealthy NBA owners, or their appointees, will file into an ornate, high-ceilinged midtown Manhattan conference room. According to a leaked memo from NBA commissioner Adam Silver obtained by ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, the main topic will be “an extremely significant issue for our league.”

The league, Silver’s memo says, is trying to gain control of “the resting of star players in marquee games.”

In many ways, nothing about this is new. The season has always been 82 games, and it has always caused injuries, and resting star players has always been an effective long-term strategy.

What’s new, though, is the clarity of the forces at play. Just as the science has grown adamant that sitting players reduces injuries and improves performance, the economics make clear that some games, played by some players, are many times more important than others to the league’s bottom line.
http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/presents19071734/end-82-game-nba-season

North Carolina Vs Gonzaga the title game we all wanted.


GLENDALE, Ariz. — OK, it’s not Duke vs. Kentucky. This is even more appetizing.

It’s largely the same Tar Heels team that was sobbing uncontrollably in the locker room a year ago at this time after watching Kris Jenkins drain perhaps the most memorable shot in national title game history, a buzzer-beater that saw Villanova — not North Carolina — cutting down the nets.

It’s a Gonzaga program that has long been criticized for playing in a lackluster conference, in the wee hours of the morning for those on the East Coast, and one that has been crushed for not being able to advance to the sport’s final weekend.

North Carolina vs. Gonzaga on Monday night in the national championship game.
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/19057215/north-carolina-gonzaga-title-game-college-basketball-needed