The NBA has had to deal with a resting players problem recently. Now, they've taken steps to try and fix that issue.
With an expanded NBA calender being part of the new collective bargaining agreement, we'll hopefully see fewer opportunites for players to sit out and rest, which left fans angry and sent NBA Twitter into a frenzy.
There's now going to be far more opportunity for rest built into the schedule, with the NBA moving up the start of the regular season by one week.
That's not all that's being changed though according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst:
• Eliminating stretches of four games in five days and 18 games in 30 days.
• Reduction of five games in seven nights to just 40 instances across (1.3 per team), down from last year when it was on the schedule 90 times (three per team).
• Reduction in number of back-to-backs to 14.9 per team, down from 16.3 per team. In all, 40 back-to-backs have been eliminated from last season.
• Reduction of single-game road trips by 17 percent.
• Reduction in single-game road trips over 2,000 miles by 67 percent; there are only 11 of them on schedule.
• Increase in weekend games from 549 to 568, much of the boost coming on Saturdays. Previously the NBA avoided Saturdays and Sunday afternoons during football season to dodge conflicts.
Teams that have seen versions of their schedules can petition the league for changes. The overall changes the league has made will stay the same though.
The schedule is expected to be finalized this week and we should see some of the highlights soon.