According to sources the NBA is considering extending the All-Star break to seven days next season. the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported that the league currently is using the week-long All-Star break as its "model" while developing a schedule for 2014-15.
The NBA could, however, revert back to its traditional four-day break at any point before officially releasing the schedule next month, according to the report.
This is just one more example of how new Commissioner Adam Silver has continued to put his stamp on the NBA by showing the players that when they talk, he listens.
Several of the prominent star players around the league have been lobbying for a longer break because the number of commitments for them during All-Star festivities prohibits them from taking any time off. With sponsors to accommodate and shoes to sell, the original four-day hiatus is over by the time tip-off takes place on Sunday.
Silver revealed in February that he met personally with Lebron James during All-Star Weekend in New Orleans to discuss a longer break.
"One of the issues LeBron raised is a break during All-Star Weekend," Silver said during a radio interview with ESPN. "For a guy like LeBron, All-Star Weekend is not a break for him in any way. He's going around the clock with a combination of things the league is asking him to do, personal commitments, and I think it makes sense if we can work in the schedule a few days so the All-Stars can get a break as well."
Any change in the structure of the All-Star break would have to be negotiated with the player's union but don't expect much resistance on the idea from that side of the table. Teams would be required to play one more back-to-back game throughout the season to account for the added time off during the 82-game season.