I thought it was awesome how the NBA started the Celtics off with a back-to-back on the first two days of the season. I still don't understand why those can't be eliminated.
Almost impossible to do without the entire league only playing on certain days of the week.
And as wdleehi said I'd greatly prefer less rest early in the season and more days off later than the other way around.
My point is not really about rest itself per se, but more about having an opportunity to watch your opponent play before you get to play against them.
In theory, lets say all 30 teams might have 3 to 5 such occurrences of having 3+ days of rest.
Why would it always be when those teams are playing the Celtics that they magically get one of those 3 to 5 occurrences of extra rest??
We got one of our own against New York. We got 3+ days, enough time to rest, watch them play on tv, prepare for them... (not that we needed it to beat the weak knicks). But if several other opponents of the knicks gets such extended rest before playing against them i would understand if the knicks would complain... And here it is the case for us during the next couple of months!!
I'm curious about checking the Lakers opponents days of rest... I get the feeling LAL will have a lot of opponents that are on the second night of a back to back when playing them...
Hope i'm wrong but worth looking into...