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Does the 65-Game Rule Contribute to a Better NBA Show, or Does It Trigger More Star Injuries?

Players Have Shown Mixed Feelings About the New NBA Rule of 65-Games

NBA’s 65-Game Rule Dilemma
Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers-Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

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“Definitely forcing players to play, even when they’re injured or whatever,” -Nikola Jokic

So one thing I’ve learned about NBA stars is that they’re going to whine about any and everything whenever they get a chance. Now they’re big mad that they have to do their job if they want to get showered with honors and awards.

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The new NBA rule that forces players to play at least 65 NBA games to be eligible for end-of-the-season awards and honors is already being met with pushback from a lot of high-profile players.

Players like Tyrese Haliburton have come out and called the rule “stupid.” Nikola Jokic also pushed back against the rule.


Definitely forcing players to play, even when they’re injured or whatever,” Jokic said. “But we saw what happened with Joel. … I don’t know. I just don’t like it, how it forces players to play even if they’re injured, if they want to achieve something.

Boo freaking hoo, man. I’m sorry but I just don’t see how it’s controversial that players who don’t play enough shouldn’t win awards. Some players play all 82 games and don’t get crap. Luckily, not every player is coming out against it. Bam Adebayo is in support of the rule.

I feel like the rule is there for a reason,” Adebayo said. “I don’t have anything to say against the rule because I love playing basketball. So I’m gonna try to play as many games as possible.


Jaylen Brown gave a more nuanced assessment of the rule.

It’s tough,” Brown said of the rule. “Because honestly, I do believe that if you win any type of award, I think you should have to play a significant amount of the season. We’ve got guys who play half the season and win MVP. I’m not a big fan of that. But maybe 65 games might be a little too severe. Maybe they lessen it to 58 or something like that or something a little bit less.

I think 65 games is more than fair but maybe lowering the requirement like Brown suggests could be a good compromise. At the end of the day, these players are still getting paid a ton of money. Yes, some bonuses and contracts are tied to NBA honors and awards but if they guys aren’t playing, maybe they shouldn’t get paid as much.


I just can’t believe how much this conversation is dominating NBA news and NBA rumors. It’s not like these players are going to get suspended if they get hurt. They can also still play in the All-Star game without any game requirements. They just won’t get a damn trophy. I say keep the rule and let these out-of-control NBA stars keep making asses of themselves.

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