I didn't realize it had been this long, but the league went to 16 teams way back in 1984. I'm not necessarily criticizing the effort, I think these guys are uber-competitive and that generally gets the effort level pretty high. My complaint is sitting guys, who are perfectly healthy, and just giving guys days off. Many of these guys, if they were not NBA basketball players, play basketball everyday anyway. Most have played basketball 350 of 365 days of the year growing up. They need to "rest"??? Sadly, many who follow these sports, the media included, are fine with this practice. They actually criticize teams and players for not taking days off.When did they go to 8? but I agree, the effort in the regular season is horrendous.
We went to a game this year to watch Oladipo and man, the game just sucks and lacks energy that they have to play music while game is in play. I never really realized it until then!