cameroncrazies02
With Adam Silver at the helm, he has been much more open to changing various NBA formats for things such as playoffs, all-star game, all-star selection, etc.  What would you like to see change?

All-Star Format-
In recent years, the NBA changed it's all-star format in several ways.  First, they changed the way players were selected to the team.  The way all-stars are selected is based on 50% fan vote, 25% player vote, 25% media vote selects the five starters, then the coaches determine the remaining seven reserves.  This is much improved from the past when it was all based on fan vote and guys who hadn't played all season or were well beyond their prime were still getting in based on popularity.

In addition, this year 24 players were ultimately selected, still 12 from each conference, then thrown into a pool and the top two vote getters selected their team, playground style.  I thought the game this year was significantly more fun to watch.  It was much more competitive than years' past.  There was a few reasons for this, one of which was the teams were playing for a charity of the choosing by the captain.  The players also received a bump in pay for being on the winning team from $25,000 to $100,000 to incentivize it.  The winning charity received $350,000.  I thought the charity should receive a lot more.  Or, dole out $1.2M for charity and each of the 12 players that played on the winning team get to select a charity of their choice to receive $100,000.  After significant backlack, Silver also announced it's highly likely they'll televise the playground picks by the captains next year.

Playoffs-
Silver also spoke very highly of changing the playoff format.  It wouldn't be a complete overhaul, and still 16 teams would get in, the top 8 from each conference, then those 16 would be re-seeded 1-16 preventing the top two teams in the league based on record from facing each other in the conference finals which has happened often in years' past.  He spoke of various issues that would come about which would include travel.  They would probably have to disband the 2-2-1-1-1 format and go strictly to 2-3-2 which they do for the Finals.  Because if Boston was faced against Portland, travel would be extremely grueling for a 2-2-1-1-1 format.  Or they would have to extend the league year by some time to accommodate for travel which seems unlikely considering the season already runs October through June.
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thecrackerjack
Are you in favor of changes to the playoff format? I'm not sure I am right now. 
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yzerman1
I think the top 8 from each conference should be reseeded after each round like the NHL does right now.  The highest seed would play the lowest seed in each round.  If the #6 or #7 seed pull off an upset in the first round then they play the highest remaining seed.  It's a benefit for finishing with the best record.  The travel would be too extreme to seed the playoffs from 1-16. 
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thecrackerjack
I'd be much more in favor of that suggestion than reseeding 1-16. 
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db11
Unless it's shortening the absurd length of the NBA playoffs I don't care. First two rounds should be no more than five games.
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Either shorten the regular season or go back to 8 teams in the playoffs. Having playoff series in late May and into June is just insane.

I suspect teams would rather keep the 16 teams in the playoffs, so they could go back to playing about 70 games or less for the regular season. Many(if not most) of the regular season games are meaningless anyway. I think many people in the NBA front offices dont realize how many fans they are losing to MLB by the middle of the NBA playoffs.  16 out of 30 teams make the playoffs?  seems ridiculous - I agree that if they stay with 16 teams those 1st 2 series need to be best of 5.

MLB has 32 teams and 10 make the playoffs. NFL has 32 teams and 12 make the playoffs. Both have play in games or 1st round byes for top teams. I could see going with 6 teams out of both conferences with the 1st place team in each conference getting a bye. Still would have 4 series, but it would make games mean more during the regular season.

Yep, I know it wont happen UNTIL(or if) a serious lack of interest shows up on the bottomline$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
As long as networks throw out big bucks for carrying games, things will continue 'as is' for the NBA. I just don't see that continuing
with so many media outlets out there. Eventually these networks are going to see red on their bottom lines. Great times don't continue
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cameroncrazies02
I'm all for that playoff change.  It would ensure that teams with the best records aren't playing each other early in the playoffs.

The NBA can't do playoffs the way NHL does it for scheduling purposes.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but most NHL games are played in arenas for the NHL.  NBA teams primarily play in multi-purpose arenas, or arenas shared by more than just the NBA team.  If you re-seeded, you'd have to schedule on the fly.  

I wouldn't be opposed to moving away from the top 8 in each conference format, whether that's 7 and the top seed earns a bye or it's top 6 and 12 teams make it in, but it's probably just not going to happen.

And the argument for the NBA season is too long is preposterous.  The NBA season is 7 months.  The NFL season is just over 5 months.  The MLB season is 6 months.  The NBA has the most travel of any sport which figures into that little bit of extra time.  To want to reduce it slightly to say 70-75 games to shorten it 2-3 weeks is fine, but the point to reducing the NBA schedule would be to provide longer breaks in between games and prevent back to backs wouldn't reduce the schedule at all.  And to add to the argument, MLB has two months of spring training.  That makes it the longest season extending it to 8 months.
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cameroncrazies02 wrote:
I'm all for that playoff change.  It would ensure that teams with the best records aren't playing each other early in the playoffs.

The NBA can't do playoffs the way NHL does it for scheduling purposes.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but most NHL games are played in arenas for the NHL.  NBA teams primarily play in multi-purpose arenas, or arenas shared by more than just the NBA team.  If you re-seeded, you'd have to schedule on the fly.  

I wouldn't be opposed to moving away from the top 8 in each conference format, whether that's 7 and the top seed earns a bye or it's top 6 and 12 teams make it in, but it's probably just not going to happen.

And the argument for the NBA season is too long is preposterous.  The NBA season is 7 months.  The NFL season is just over 5 months.  The MLB season is 6 months.  The NBA has the most travel of any sport which figures into that little bit of extra time.  To want to reduce it slightly to say 70-75 games to shorten it 2-3 weeks is fine, but the point to reducing the NBA schedule would be to provide longer breaks in between games and prevent back to backs wouldn't reduce the schedule at all.  And to add to the argument, MLB has two months of spring training.  That makes it the longest season extending it to 8 months.
            Using the length of the MLB season to rationalize that the NBA season isnt too long is what is preposterous. I see no reason for a 6 month regular for MLB either. The Bucks started the regular season on Oct 18, 2017 and their last REGULAR season game will be April 11, 2018. That is entirely way way way too long when you add in the preseason and the post season. Last season the 5th game of the NBA finals(last game) was on June 13th. If it had gone 7 games, you  can add another week to it. With the preseason workouts, preseason games, regular season and the playoffs -we end up with nearly a 9 month season. I KNOW MLB is just as long OR longer. That doesn't justify it for me. Both the NBA and MLB have nearly 9 month season which is just too long. In the NFL, the Packers played their first regular season game on Sept 10th and their last regular season game on Dec 31st - this is SANE regular season - less than 4 months. I concede the preseason for the NFL is a joke and not needed, but that doesn't justify the long long long NBA season. It is almost getting to the point that the NBA might as well play year round. By the time the NBA finals are over in June - it is about 3 months till preseason workouts begin in Sept. I am just getting to wonder why 82 regular season games need to be played as many of the games are meaningless. NFL has many meaningless games regular season games, but they aren't stretched over 6 months. The NFL regular season runs a bit less than 4 months.

The $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$  is obviously working for the NBA and the big money owners don't mind spending their cash, so it will continue. I just think it makes for a weaker league when you have so many teams and such a long regular season with tons of meaningless games. I realize more teams in the playoffs means more $$$$$$$$$$, but so many of these early playoff series are just BAD BAD basketball.

I like the moniker of having the consumer 'want more' and the NBA and MLB don't do that. Who the hell wants more NBA or MLB games?? Virtually no one I talk too. I lost interest in the NBA when they kept expanding and expanding. Also have lost a lot of interest in MLB because they have expanded and expanded to too many teams. Has to be a reason the Miami Marlins cant draw fans with the guys they had on that team?? You see lack of crowds at many of the stadiums in baseball - not so much in the NBA(I do realize that).
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wiscopetty
Pretty much all regular seasons in pro sports are too long, with the possible exception of the NFL.
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yzerman1
cameroncrazies02 wrote:
I'm all for that playoff change.  It would ensure that teams with the best records aren't playing each other early in the playoffs.

The NBA can't do playoffs the way NHL does it for scheduling purposes.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but most NHL games are played in arenas for the NHL.  NBA teams primarily play in multi-purpose arenas, or arenas shared by more than just the NBA team.  If you re-seeded, you'd have to schedule on the fly.  

I wouldn't be opposed to moving away from the top 8 in each conference format, whether that's 7 and the top seed earns a bye or it's top 6 and 12 teams make it in, but it's probably just not going to happen.

And the argument for the NBA season is too long is preposterous.  The NBA season is 7 months.  The NFL season is just over 5 months.  The MLB season is 6 months.  The NBA has the most travel of any sport which figures into that little bit of extra time.  To want to reduce it slightly to say 70-75 games to shorten it 2-3 weeks is fine, but the point to reducing the NBA schedule would be to provide longer breaks in between games and prevent back to backs wouldn't reduce the schedule at all.  And to add to the argument, MLB has two months of spring training.  That makes it the longest season extending it to 8 months.


There are 12 teams in the NBA that share an arena with an NHL team and of those 12, 8 reside in the Eastern Conference.  Boston, Toronto, Philadelphia, and Washington are all going to have their NBA team and NHL team make the playoffs this year.  Since teams don't play on back to back nights in the playoffs anymore, scheduling wouldn't be a problem.  
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thecrackerjack
Does anyone really think that seasons are going to get shorter in pro sports? I'm waiting for the NFL to go to an 18 game schedule. 
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wiscopetty
thecrackerjack wrote:
Does anyone really think that seasons are going to get shorter in pro sports? I'm waiting for the NFL to go to an 18 game schedule. 
No, it's wishful thinking. 

I guess I'd be fine with an 18-game regular season in the NFL if, and only if, they reduce the preseason to two games and not expand the playoffs in the process.
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blade12
wiscopetty wrote:
No, it's wishful thinking. 

I guess I'd be fine with an 18-game regular season in the NFL if, and only if, they reduce the preseason to two games and not expand the playoffs in the process.


Reduce the pre-season to 2 games, then schedule so that no team plays a divisional opponent in the first 4 weeks of the season and allow teams to carry more players thru those first 4 games of the regular season as if that was the pre-season.
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safetysqueezepleezzee11
blade12 wrote:


Reduce the pre-season to 2 games, then schedule so that no team plays a divisional opponent in the first 4 weeks of the season and allow teams to carry more players thru those first 4 games of the regular season as if that was the pre-season.
       I agree with you on this. I don't see the NFL going to 18 regular season games because of the concussion/CTE problems. If the NFL goes to 18 games, it will look like they are completely oblivious to what is happening with it's players health. While I don't think they will reduce regular season games - dropping 2 of the preseason games WILL happen. Just a matter of time.
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thecrackerjack
safetysqueezepleezzee11 wrote:
       I agree with you on this. I don't see the NFL going to 18 regular season games because of the concussion/CTE problems. If the NFL goes to 18 games, it will look like they are completely oblivious to what is happening with it's players health. While I don't think they will reduce regular season games - dropping 2 of the preseason games WILL happen. Just a matter of time.


They aren't oblivious, they just don't care.

If they do go to an 18 game schedule, I agree with Blade that something would have to be done with rosters, including a possible roster expansion. Perhaps, that is the "give-get" to push through an 18 game schedule.
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