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Leaving on a Jet Plane

5 Jan 2012

NBA players are accustomed to a grinding travel schedule, but let’s just take a quick look at the Bulls’ daily planner for the next two weeks:

Tues 1/3 — Home game vs. Hawks, late-night flight to Detroit
Wed 1/4 — Road game vs. Pistons, late-night flight to Orlando
Thurs 1/5 — Off day in Orlando
Fri 1/6 — Road game vs. Magic, late-night flight to Atlanta
Sat 1/7 — Road game vs. Hawks, late-night flight home
Sun 1/8 — Off day at home
Mon 1/9 — Home game vs. Pistons, late-night flight to Minneapolis
Tues 1/10 — Road game vs. Timberwolves, late-night flight home
Wed 1/11 — Home game vs. Wizards, late-night flight to Boston
Thurs 1/12 — Off day in Boston
Fri 1/13 — Road game vs. Celtics, late-night flight home
Sat 1/14 — Home game vs. Raptors, late-night flight to Memphis
Sun 1/15 — Off day in Memphis
Mon 1/16 — Road game vs. Grizzlies, late-night flight home
Tues 1/17 — Home game vs. Suns

So that’s a stretch of 15 days: 11 games, 4 off days. The Bulls will travel more than 5,500 miles in that time, before finally getting two straight days off on Jan. 18-19.

Most or all NBA teams are going to have several crazy stretches in this compressed season. It’s mildly disgraceful, not only for the health of the players, but more broadly, for the health of the product. The quality of the basketball on display will unquestionably suffer.

This is where that vaunted Bulls depth comes in.

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