When LeBron James sprinted the length of the Oracle Arena floor and soared to meet Andre Iguodalas breakaway layup attempt at the glass in Game 7 of last seasons NBA Finals, he was playing in only his 23rd game over a span of 75 days.The Block has been immortalized as one of the signature plays in NBA history, but it wasnt the first glimpse of vintage LeBron the world witnessed during Clevelands run to the title. James 43 dunks during the postseason eclipsed his previous high of 30. At age 31, he consistently appeared to be the spryest player on the floor against younger opponents on Golden State, Toronto and Detroit.Theres little mystery as to why a transcendent superstar subjected to playing as many as five games in a week during the regular season would enjoy a spring revival: In the postseason, that workload was reduced to fewer than a single game every three days. Under the current playoff format, a team never plays on consecutive days, and that format is an admission by the league that at the moment when all eyes are on the NBA and its best talent, the more rest, the better.The poor methodology tolerated in crafting the regular-season schedule -- the lockout-shortened 2011 postseason notwithstanding -- doesnt fly when the world is watching.Now the league seems ready to take action in the new collective bargaining agreement with players. Sources told ESPN that going forward, NBA teams will play two or three fewer preseason games. In turn, the regular season will begin a week to 10 days earlier, which will allow NBA teams to stretch 82 games over a more generous span of time.This measure could eliminate blocks of four games in five nights and drastically reduce the number of back-to-back sets. In implementing these reforms, the NBA has come closer than ever to codifying what modern science, the leagues players and coaches, and commissioner Adam Silver have all publicly acknowledged in recent years:Playing 82 regular-season games over a period of 170 days is an impediment to optimal athletic performance and world-class basketball on a nightly basis.Playing a four-in-five or a five-in-seven is a different kind of feeling, says Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum. Its mentally draining. Its physically draining. Youre not getting a lot of sleep. Youre exhausted and the other team knows it.McCollum made a point to mention a dreaded upcoming trip when the Trail Blazers will play in nine different cities in four different time zones over a 15-day span. The trip includes a five-games-in-seven-days bundle that concludes with a jaunt to Portland for a single game after playing the previous night in Los Angeles. After that, the Trail Blazers head right back out on the road for three more away games. The reform should ameliorate some of the madness.Players will be sharper, McCollum says. Execution will be better. There will be fewer DNP-Rests and scheduling losses. Fans want to see opponents when both teams are fresh. Players want that too. Its better basketball.The fact that scheduling loss is a term of art in the NBA underscores how necessary a schedule overhaul is. Though much of the attention in executive suites around the league will focus on the new CBAs more aggressive revenue sharing and the cap implication of its revised salary structure, the stipulations for the schedule are a nontrivial concession by the league. Dozens of preseason dates that generate revenue for ownership -- to the chagrin of season-ticket holders who have to fork over their money for tasteless aperitifs -- will be wiped away.But in exchange, the league and its owners are investing in the health and well-being of the athletes who drive the value of the NBA. As Silver told McCollum in an interview for The Players Tribune last summer, The science is [telling us] that the No. 1 correlation between play and injuries is fatigue.The San Antonio Spurs have been incorporating this science into their workflow for years, with Tim Duncan as basketballs ultimate case study. Consulting with top performance specialists, breaking down the data, and collaborating across the basketball operations staff, the Spurs created best practices that included routinely sitting their best players when the schedule demanded it -- even if it meant eliciting the ire of the league office.Less than four years after hitting the Spurs with a $250,000 fine for resting their players at optimal times, the NBA is implementing the Spurs philosophy as official league policy.Back-to-backs are the scourge of an NBA teams calendar. Not only do consecutive games deny world-class athletes prime recovery time, but in the vast majority of instances, players are required to board flights late and arrive at their destinations at ungodly hours. Rarely a week goes by in the NBA without a play-by-play announcer noting that a team arrived at the hotel at 3 a.m. the morning of the game.When you hear that announced, youve already sort of resigned yourself to feel like, Well, this isnt what I paid for, says W. Chris Winter, a neurologist and sleep specialist who has consulted numerous teams across professional sports, including the Thunder and Wizards.A team wouldnt play wearing uniforms that were too restrictive to shoot the basketball or a with a rim whose height wasnt adjusted properly. No one would stand for any of that. Yet having players get into their hotel rooms after 3 oclock in the morning has become a strange accepted part of the sport. We all but guarantee that these athletes arent playing at an elite level.Winter noted that he attended a recent NHL game featuring the New York Rangers, a team he works with, who were playing their fifth game in eight days. From the start, you kind of got the impression watching them play, Yeeeeah, probably not the best were going to see them play this year, Winter says.The Rangers were blanked by Ottawa 2-0, the first time all season theyd been shut out.The drive to reduce the load for NBA players has never been a gesture of sympathy. A more sparing schedule isnt coddling an NBA player any more than a driver not riding the clutch is coddling a manual transmission. The objective isnt altruism -- its performance. Thats always been the NBAs strongest selling point. The NFL revels in its ritual Sundays and pageantry, while baseball offers nostalgia and mythology.But the NBA is where the athletes rule, and the league will ascend only as high as its superstars can soar.Theyd soar higher if the NBA reduced the overall docket of 82 games in addition to the back-to-backs, but the nature of progress is incremental, especially when money is at stake. And after two decades of contentious CBA negotiations that produced a couple of work stoppages and perpetual grumbling, NBA players and owners are in the process of assembling a new contract that, for the first time, considers empirical scientific evidence when formulating its schedule.Next season, the choice between putting the best product on the floor in January and playing to win in June wont stand in such stark contrast. Uomo Nike Air VaporMax 97 Japan 921826-004 Nere/Grigie/Neon . Tracey comes to the Blue Bombers after spending over a decade with Queens University. Most recently he was the schools assistant football coach. Donne|Uomo Nike Air VaporMax 97 Silver Bullet AJ7291-002 . PETERSBURG, Fla. http://www.airmaxshopitalia.it/uomo-nike-air-force-270-safari-ah6772-004-nere-iper-cremisi-grigio-lupo-prezzi-bassi.html . A knee to the thigh might have stung him the most, but his sixth straight double-double made up for the brief burst of pain. Nike Air Max 270 Flyknit Uomo . 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In two starts since being reinstated, Velasquez is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA with two walks and 14 strikeouts in 11 innings.The Phillies acquired Velasquez on Dec. 12 from Houston in the six-player deal that sent reliever Ken Giles to the Astros.Last season on June 15, Velasquez made his first career start against the Rockies. Pitching at Minute Maid Park, he allowed seven hits and five runs in 4 2/3 innings with two walks and seven strikeouts but wasnt involved in the decision.Opposing Velasquez will be Jon Gray, who is 5-4 with a 4.81 ERA and has never faced the Phillies. Gray has pitched at least seven innings a team-high six times. He gave up three runs in six innings in his last start Sunday at Los Angeles and lost 4-1 to the Dodgers. Gray is 5-3 with a 4.60 ERA in 10 starts since May 13, when he earned his first career win while pitching seven innings against the New York Mets.Gray will face a Phillies lineup that one through five has been much more fixed than it once was. Although the Phillies were thrashed 11-2 on Thursday night, they have played well lately. Before that one-sided loss, the Phillies had lost four straight games and eight of their previous nine. At 40-47, the Phillies have won 10 of their past 14 games.Early in the year, it was pointed out to me I was using a different lineup every night because nobody was hitting, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. And now Ive been using pretty close to as set a lineup as Ive ever used. And thats because (Peter) Bourjos has come out of nowhere, just forcing me to play him and hit him second.dddddddddddd Then (Cody) Asche comes out of nowhere, starts hitting. (Maikel) Franco has turned it around. (Cameron) Rupp has been consistent. So now Ive got one through five where its pretty much the same lineup.(Freddy) Galvis and (Cesar) Hernandez right now are where they belong at seven and eight. Hernandez is thriving there. Freddys taking his time. I know hes a better hitter than hes showing. I wish he would hurry up a little bit and get to .260-270 where I think he can hit. Its a lot more fun making out a lineup when you feel comfortable going one through five.In the Rockies lopsided win Thursday, reliever Adam Ottavino made his first appearance at Coors Field since April 25, 2015. He was the Rockies closer at that time but underwent Tommy John surgery on May 7, 2015. Ottavino pitched for the Rockies for the first time since that operation on Tuesday at San Francisco.Ottavino faced Giants clean-up hitter Buster Posey to lead off the eighth with the Rockies leading 7-2. Ottavino got Posey to ground out and was removed from the game.On Thursday, with the Rockies leading 11-2, Ottavino took the mound in the ninth. He gave up a one-out single to Galvis, hit pinch hitter Andres Blanco with a pitch with two outs and then got Odubel Herrera to ground into a game-ending force out. Ottavino threw 19 pitches, 12 strikes.With Otto right now, were just getting him back in the mix, get his feet underneath him and get some innings out there, Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. Weve had a couple opportunities. He faced a hitter in San Francisco and put down a whole inning here,Well start to give him a little more each time. Its been good to be able to work him back in there. Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Cheap NFL Jerseys Throwback Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Hoodies Wholesale Black NFL Jerseys Discount Jerseys ' ' '