The NBA wants its star players on the court as much as possible and is taking measures to ensure that happens.
The league sent all 30 teams a memo, obtained by ESPN, detailing how it will build rest into the schedule.
The schedule changes include:
This probably won’t go over well with the fans in Los Angeles, for obvious reasons. But Ball’s comments aren’t really that hot of a take. James is a better overall player than Bryant, and has him beat in every single major career statistical average.
And despite being six seasons behind Bryant, James already has more career rebounds and assists than the Lakers legend. He also has four NBA MVPs compared to Bryant’s one, and has him matched on All-NBA First Teams (11). James also has a better career field goal percentage and 3-point percentage than Bryant.
Oh, and that’s just regular season. James also has Bryant beat in playoff averages, too.
So Ball may not please the L.A. crowd with his decision, but at least he’s right.
Out West, Houston picked up nine-time All-Star and four-time assists leader Chris Paul to partner with James Harden (29.1 ppg, 11.2 apg, 8.1 rpg) in the backcourt. Paul George was shipped to Oklahoma City to give MVP Russell Westbrook an All-Star caliber running mate after lone-rangering last season in the immediate aftermath of the departure of Kevin Durant.
That’s not to mention the Warriors, fresh off a cakewalk through the playoffs, locked down Durant and Stephen Curry, winners of three of the last four MVP awards, for the foreseeable future. They also scooped up Nick Young, a 40.4 percent 3-point shooter and one of the league’s best gunners in spot-up situations in 2016-17 to strengthen a lineup that also includes 2016 3-point contest champion Klay Thompson.