With the NCAA tournament in full swing, the debate of whether the NBA playoffs should adopt the same seeding format has been doing the rounds again.
Commissioner Adam Silver confirmed last month that the idea of switching to a 1-16 seeding, regardless of conference, was something that the league was considering and discussing and it certainly divides opinion.
After Silver made the admission, LeBron James reacted by saying that there was no need to alter a format that has worked fine for decades.
"I would disagree with that," said James on the idea of changing the playoff format, per CBS Sports. "I think our league has been built the right way as far as when it comes to the postseason."
"It just changes the landscape of the history of the game if you start messing with seedings or playoffs and you start talking about well if this team played this Western Conference team would he have -- you know so, it's cool to mess around with the All-Star Game ... but let's not get too crazy about the playoffs," he said.
So LeBron will be happy to know that the NBA is not looking to adopt any change in the near future.
Making an appearance on the Denver Nuggets broadcast during their game on Thursday night, Silver said that the league is not ready to make any adjustments just yet.
“We’re not ready to make a change yet,” Silver said, per Sam Amico of Amicohoops.net.
“We’re serious about looking at it. We’re far from a place where there’s a solution. Of course, it makes sense to seed teams 1-16 in the league but we have two conferences that are geographically apart….
“You can also end up in the first round with Portland playing Miami. To crisscross the country it adds enormous fatigue to the players and it would cut down on the quality of the competition and also potentially lead to more injuries.”
Any decision on a change would need a majority vote from at least 24 owners to make it happen but that seems far away from taking place at this stage.
It would be unlikely that owners would agree to added travel and risk fatigue or injuries to their players.
It's a very delicate topic and it definitely won't be as easy as altering the All-Star game.
But the fact that Silver and the league office are willing to look into it shows that they're prepared to take opinions on board and seek ways to make the game better.
However, it could take years for this type of switch to be put into place and based on the commissioner's latest comments, it doesn't seem like a realistic possibility at this moment.
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