As if there was a reason to doubt any longer, the NBA's new Collective Bargaining Agreement has finally been approved and we are set for the slew of discussions, rumors and acquisitions to come.
One item that can't be overlooked is how the condensed schedule will effect various teams, particularly veteran teams like the Boston Celtics.
Having missed nearly two months of the regular season, teams would have already played somewhere in the realm of 28 games by December 25. With only 16 games being omitted from the usual docket, we will be seeing many more back-to-backs than usual.
The Celtics will need a much-improved bench from last year if they expect to give their veterans the kind of rest they will need for the playoffs.
That being said, let's see what the Sterns have put on the calender for 2011-12.