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SBD/January 23, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Stern Talks About His Push To Have 66-Game Schedule This Season
Published January 23, 2012
QUALITY OF PLAY: In a recent Q&A with the ORLANDO SENTINEL’s Josh Robbins, Stern was asked if he believes that “quality of play is similar to where it would be in a normal season 3½ weeks in.” Stern: “I think that the quality of play is probably -- how do I say this? -- about the same, more or less, of where it has been after the requisite period of practice and time. For our teams 3½ weeks in, in some measure it's like they're finishing training camp on a timing basis. So they're catching up to their potential.” Robbins asked to “what degree, if any, are you concerned about injuries,” and if Stern sees “any tie to lack of a full training camp?” Stern: “When the players and we agreed to the current season, we knew together that we were buying whatever it was that that bundle of games offered up. But it seemed to be something that both sides thought was a good idea” (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 1/22). In Boston, Mark Murphy wrote at “first glance, it appears as though the younger, more athletic teams are thriving.” Celtics F Chris Wilcox said, “It’s definitely kind of tough, but we have to deal with what we’ve got. In the past when you have training camp, most of the guys are here a month before training camp even starts to get ready. They get to play with each other, get a little rhythm, and that way they cut out a lot of those little nagging injuries” (BOSTON HERALD, 1/22).