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NBA may extend All-Star break

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jul 26 2014 11:37:29 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 26 2014 11:37:30 AM CDT

The NBA is considering extending the All-Star break to seven days beginning this season, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

The NBA is using a week-long All-Star break as its model while it completes the schedule for this season.

However, the league may decide to continue its traditional four-day break before officially releasing the schedule.

One of the parameters of the week-long All-Star break is that each team would have to take on at least one additional back-to-back set of games.

Cleveland Cavaliers star forward LeBron James is among several players who have lobbied for a longer break. Silver told ESPN radio in February that he met with James during the All-Star Weekend in New Orleans to discuss the issue.

"One of the issues LeBron raised is a break during All-Star (Weekend)," Silver said. "(For) a guy like LeBron, All-Star Weekend is not a break for him in any way. He's going around the clock with a combination of things the league is asking him to do, personal commitments, and I think it makes sense if we can work in the schedule a few days so the All-Stars can get a break as well."

Silver also said that such a change in the schedule would require negotiating with the NBA players union.