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LeBron James was asked about his opinion on the matter prior to the Cavaliers squaring off against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, and he said shortening the game isn't the problem. "It's not the minutes, it's the games," James said. "The minutes don't mean anything. We can play 50-minute games if we had to. It's the games that I think we all as players think is too many games in our season. 82 games are a lot. But it's not the minutes, taking away minutes from the game is not going to shorten the game at all. "Once you go out and play on the floor, it doesn't matter if you're playing 22 minutes, like I'm playing tonight, or you play 40 minutes. Once you play, it takes a toll on your body. So it's not less minutes, it's games." Cleveland Plain Dealer
[Dirk] Nowitzki does, however, feel like fewer games would be a good thing for the league, although he understands that the owners and players both need to have the 82-game regular-season schedule to support the massive salary cap and to give teams a fighting chance to be profitable. “I think you don’t need 82 games to determine the best eight in each conference,” he said. “That could be done a lot quicker, but I always understand that it’s about money, and every missed game means missed money for both parties, for the league, for the owners, for the players. I would say that in the mid-60s (number of games) would be enough, which is still a lot of games.” Dallas Morning News
The Rockets have not announced any roster cuts, but Akil Mitchell and Robert Covington have not been with the team for several days, officially remaining on the roster long enough for the Rockets’ Development League affiliate to have their rights if they don’t land a place on an NBA roster. Houston Chronicle Blog
The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent guard Yuki Togashi. Togashi (5-7, 143) was most recently a member of the Mavericks’ NBA Summer League team. In his four games, he averaged 5.3 points and 1.3 rebounds while shooting .467 from the field. InsideHoops
The Mavericks’ starting five will make its debut as a full unit in Friday’s preseason game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. “We’re going to play our normal group Friday and we’ll go from there,” coach Rick Carlisle said. It is a certainty that Dirk Nowitzki will not play Saturday against the Indiana Pacers. Nowitzki, who is entering his 17th season, has said that he will not play both ends of back-to-backs during the preseason. ESPN Dallas
Spurs Sports & Entertainment announced today that its Austin-based NBA Development League team has been renamed the Austin Spurs. Formerly the Austin Toros, the NBA D-League affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs will share the nickname of its parent club. “The rebranding of the Austin franchise is a terrific opportunity to capitalize on the substantial equity of the Spurs brand,” said Rick Pych, Spurs Sports & Entertainment President of Business Operations. “The name change creates an instantly recognizable link between the two franchises and is a natural progression based on the important role the Austin team plays in the development of young players, general managers and coaches who are on their way to reaching their dream of making it to the NBA.” InsideHoops
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today the hiring and promotion of several members of the team’s basketball operations staff. Duane Brooks, who brings over two decades of experience in his field, enters his first season as head athletic trainer with the New Orleans Pelicans after spending the previous 13 seasons as the New Orleans Saints’ assistant athletic trainer. Brooks is responsible for the health care, prevention and rehabilitation of injuries, daily training room operations and maintenance of the team’s medical records. InsideHoops
J.R. Smith is this generation’s Dennis Rodman. Just ask the man himself. Rodman, the legendary basketball bad boy known as “The Worm,” tweeted a message Wednesday morning to the Knicks and his former coach Phil Jackson that included a special shout-out for Smith, the sometimes electric and always eccentric shooting guard. NY Post
Warriors center Andrew Bogut wasn’t among the players who attended Game 3 of the National League Championship Series in a suite at AT&T Park on Tuesday. That’s because being from Australia, he didn’t have much of an understanding of the sport. “I didn’t grow up with it,” Bogut said. “I just understand the rules from asking guys the last couple of years. I’m not into games. We have to sit there for six or seven hours. I just can’t do it.” Bay Area News Group Blog
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