NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said he’s toying with the idea of adding a midseason knockout tournament to the association, an FA Cup of sorts.
My initial reaction is why hasn’t anyone thought of this yet? Why hasn’t Stephen A. Smith thought of this yet? Why haven’t I thought of this yet?
So much potential
The NBA could run with this in an abundance of different directions. The hardwood version of the Champions League is an option though that probably wouldn’t work because the NBA is head, shoulders and torso better than every other league on the planet. They could include D-League teams which would be a nice stage for a fairy tale story and a platform for D-League players to get attention.
Then again that would be like playing your smaller, less athletic little brother in a game of one-on-one.
Maybe include college teams but people forget there’s a maximum of about five players on the best college teams that reach the NBA. Plus how do you cut the profits to the greedy NCAA, another way for them to stretch its unpaid athletes? Too complicated.
For imagination purposes we’ll call it the Mid-season Matinee and say Silver makes it open to just the 30 teams in the league. Unfortunately that number doesn’t divide into a clean bracket. Silver could gather all of his brainiac Ivy League NBA friends into a room to devise a way to fix that.
The first place teams in each conference for instance could get a bye to the second round, therefore after the first round there’d be 16 teams left. Yay math!
Every team can win it.
So when would this dramatic event take place?
Right around the all-star break when the teams have had enough time to be acclimated to the new season but are just waiting for the playoffs to start already, there’s another trophy in play.
It rejuvenates fan bases when their teams are tanking, purposefully or accidentally. Also there are few, if any, teams that have a realistic chance of out scheming Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs four times in two weeks.
But a team getting hot one game and knocking off the reigning champions, in my best Kevin Garnett impression, anything is possible.