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Tonight’s (On) Topic: The Wide World of Bad ideas
As the NBA continues to slowly plan the return of competitive basketball, which includes playing at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando Florida, there have been a few suggestions on how to approach completing the regular season and the playoffs. One idea is for the 8 teams in the East and West move on to the playoffs and reseed 1-16 from there. As it would stand this is how it works:
Conferences wouldn’t matter, which helps out the Los Angeles Lakers, who wouldn’t have to potentially beat both the Los Angeles Clippers and our Milwaukee Bucks to win the title, while Milwaukee would need to beat the Clippers and one of the Lakers or Toronto Raptors. There has always been talk of reseeding the playoffs in this manner so this would give the NBA a chance to test it out.
The other proposal comes from The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and his idea is to have a World Cup style approach and have teams use a Group Stage method and transition to a knockout tournament. The current 16 teams plus the next four best teams would move to the group stage and 10 teams are eliminated. Then teams are separated into 5 tiers based off of record so Milwaukee, Toronto, and the LA teams are Tier 1, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz and Miami Heat are Tier 2 and etc. The teams then play other teams in their group twice and the top two teams advance.
There is some support in the league office for the NBA to have a World Cup style “group stage” replace the first round of the NBA Playoffs, sources say.— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) May 26, 2020
Here’s my case for why the NBA, teams and players should agree to resume this year with a group stage: https://t.co/sv8YKmY5O0
Quite frankly I HATE this idea as a way to try and decide a champion this season. The group stage method would potentially create a group of death which is when one group has significantly stronger teams than others. For a team in Tier 1, it would potentially seem unfair if they get put in this group while another gets a seemingly easier group. Trying to do this in this particular season seems haphazardous and should be saved for their Mid-Season tournament that has been floated around. I will concede that it would be a great ratings ideas, but right now we need to find a way to logically and safely end this current season.
What do you all think of the playoff proposals and should they just leave things as is?