Kobe Bryant ‘Won’t Complain’ If NBA Goes To 44-Minute Games

Earlier today, the NBA announced that it was going to test out a 44-minute game on October 19 when the Boston Celtics meet the Brooklyn Nets. The announcement was something of a surprise to fans and players everywhere.

— Have You Seen These LIMITED EDITION “Mamba Strikes Back” T-Shirts? —

Anyone involved in the NBA these days has only known the 48-minute game, including Kobe Bryant. According to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters, Kobe wouldn’t be against the shortened games:

As someone who has played more than 45,000 minutes in his career and an additional 8,600 plus minutes in the playoffs, it makes sense that Bryant wouldn’t mind having a little less wear-and-tear on his body every night.

Kobe probably isn’t the only player who wouldn’t mind it. With 82 games stretching out over six months, the strain of the regular season is very tough on players. Reducing games is unlikely because the owners would miss out on a lot of additional revenue, but shortening the games could help.

Players like Kobe, Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett have been putting major miles on their bodies for years with hard-fought regular seasons going along with deep playoff runs for years. It may be a stretch to expect the league to fully commit to 44-minute games, but the experiment itself is a positive step towards making things better for players.

[divide]

Lakers Post-Game: Carlos Boozer Tells Story About Kobe Bryant


Please enable Javascript to watch this video

You May Also Like

Lakers News: Kyle Kuzma, Jared Dudley Want To Play Out 2019-20 NBA Season

Although the 2019-20 NBA season is slated to return, there are growing reservations from numerous players…

Lakers Nation Debate: Exercising Jordan Hill’s Option This Summer

Topic: We wonder if, based on his play so far, the Lakers…

D’Antoni Will Continue to Have Bryant Guard Primary Scorers

At the age of 34, Kobe Bryant is leading the league in…

Jordan Clarkson Is Poised To Have A Breakout Season

Jordan Clarkson’s career has been full of twists and turns in his two-year stint to date as an NBA player…