Kids won't be all right
Hmm. Let's see: Two weeks to get ready, room for about 10 practices the entire season if you don't practice after back-to-backs or after road games, and barely enough time for scouting reports on opponents to dry before they become obsolete.
No, the kids will not be all right. This will be a season for those who have been there, seen that, done that.
While fresh legs could mean plenty, the lockout-shortened NBA season in 2011-12 likely will be more of a head game, nightly chess matches of how to get through the 48 minutes with enough left in reserve to move on to the next immediate challenge.
This will not be the year of the rookie. Neophytes need not apply.
The modified schedule still favors talent.
Sure, it would be nice in back-to-back-to-backs to have a club of young legs, a cross-country team. But I'll take experienced trotters over thoroughbreds.
All you need to know is that Dallas won the title with a point guard named Kidd, who's 38. The Mavs beat the Heat in the Final, the tortoise over the hare.
And who wouldn't still favor the creaky Celtics over the whippersnapper Clippers?
You might need to also examine the experience and job security of the coaches — the ones who control the playing time.
I'll take the youngsters in a sprint, the veterans in a marathon — and the most talent all the time.
Veteran teams benefit