The 82-game NBA season has been in place since 1967-68, but Adam Silver has recently called it into question.

Silver wants an in-season event to boost interest and income. Tournaments shorten the season.

By requesting more incentive-based games before the playoffs, he may devalue the regular season.

Silver told Yahoo Sports at the Boys and Girls Club in San Francisco, "I'm trying to transmit the opposite message" "Like any other firm, we're continuously thinking about innovation. We hear our fans."

Which came first? It's hard to tell if fans think too many games don't matter or if players and teams think 82 is too much.

Many league partners offer paradoxical messages to supporters, which are subsequently retweeted. Some regular-season games are more important than others, but the NBA should improve its messaging and packaging.

"I'm not trying to suggest we don't value our present regular season," Silver added. People love NBA basketball, and teams value home-court advantage.

Will fans think the NBA doesn't value its regular season if the in-season tournament doesn't happen?

The interconference schedule won't alter if the in-season tournament becomes a reality, so fans will still see every player once a year.

If the schedule was changed, Silver said, every team would play each other once. "That's vital. Even if it's a cross-country trip, everyone wants to see a player from the opposing conference at least once.

Creating new traditions takes time; TV revenue will be a better sign of success.

Will that boost fan interest? If there are some games of intrigue during the season and guys believe they're doing well?" "Silver"

"Finally, I know it won't be an overnight success if we accomplish it. Because players and fans will ask, "What?" What's the point? In-season tournaments?' I'll say, "Okay." Things change throughout time, therefore we can develop new traditions. So I'm focusing on that.”

With advances in sports science and innovation, today's players have greater advantages than in the past: better travel, training, rest, and recuperation methods.

The NBA season is a marathon and a game of attrition. It's been part of the NBA forever. Champions have a blend of health, youth, experience, and management from 82-game seasons.

Taking away that element appears to tear a crucial part.

“Teams focusing on load control and players resting sends a message,” Silver added. "We're paying attention to that and want to make sure the number of games we play isn't just because we've done it for 50 years."

Silver claimed he's "taking a fresh look," and it's been mostly accurate. Last year's play-in tournament generated intriguing matches and kept teams interested late in the season. 

As soon as he entered office, he changed the NBA Finals format from 2-3-2 to 2-2-1-1-1 for the 2014 Finals.

Because important player injuries have affected the playoffs almost every year of the NBA's existence, there's been a push to abbreviate the season. Last year's shortened season didn't solve the question, though.

Last season, COVID difficulties cramped the schedule, Silver noted. "That was a nice rejoinder for all those who believed playing 10 fewer games would lessen injuries; that was swiftly forgotten."

NBA can't control another element. Youth specialisation puts extra demand on youthful bodies. AAU weekends feature multiple games per day and round-the-clock personal training, which was rare in the past.

The human body's clock doesn't start when someone enters the NBA, and summer films show players running at local gyms. "Basketball never ends" is true.

There was no data that showed a shorter season would result in fewer injuries, Silver said. "That was a powerful message."