Trail Blazers' C.J. McCollum hates idea of 44-minute games
The NBA announced earlier this week that it would use the Oct. 19 preseason game between the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets to test the shortened game length, with each quarter being reduced from 12 minutes to 11.
McCollum averaged 5.3 points 12.5 minutes per game over 38 games last season after being selected in the first round of the 2013 draft.
"As of right now I hate it," he said. "I'm a guy who comes off the bench. That's just diminishing our role even more. Teams look to play their starters as much as possible. The shorter the game, obviously, it's more the starters play, which means it's less that the reserves play, which means we're less valuable, which means we get paid less, pretty soon we'll be out of the league. So I'm not in favor of it."
"When you're a starter, you play "x" amount of minutes, so you're going to get paid regardless."
Since the 44-minute test run was announced, several players have given their opinions on game and schedule length.
- Chris Johnson