Analyst and fans alike have all questioned the way the NBA has done the playoff seeding for the last couple of years. Everyone by now knows the west is the best conference In the NBA and the east has always been weak but the yet teams with losing records were allowed in the playoffs because of the way everything is set up. Over the all-star weekend Adam Silver has publicly announced that we might see a change to the playoff format that will feature the best 16 teams regardless of conference. If the playoff started today here is what is would look like:
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Me personally I like it and a lot of fans do as well but unfortunately one man has expressed is dislike of the idea and that man is of course LeBron James. Normally I’m a huge fan of LeBron of the court because he carries himself very well and handle the media in a professional manner but seriously you don’t like this idea of changing the seeding?
“I think our league has been built the right way as far as when it comes to the postseason.”
Now the East has been very weak for a while now and LeBron saying something like this kinds of startles me and shows me that he truly does enjoy the easy route. He doesn’t want to anything to get in his way of an easy trip back to the NBA finals and that’s not even guaranteed this year. I still think we need to at least let 10 or 15 games go by before we start deeming this new Cavs teams as favorites in the West. Now I respect tradition and so does Adam Silver who went on to say:
“You also would like to have a format where your two best teams are ultimately going to meet in the Finals,” Silver said. “You could have a situation where the top two teams in the league are meeting in the conference finals or somewhere else. So we’re going to continue to look at that. It’s still my hope that we’re going to figure out ways.”
Adam with this format the 2 best teams will meet in the finals. You are taking the conferences out of the equation and putting the best of the best against each other, teams under 500 shouldn’t be in the post season. LeBron on the other hand said this:
“It just changes the landscape of the history of the game,” he said. “It’s cool to mess around with the All-Star Game, we proved you can do that, but let’s not get too crazy about the playoffs. You have Eastern Conference and you have Western Conference. You have Eastern Conference champions, you have guys from the Eastern Conference that win the big dance and sometimes you have it from the West as well.”
LeBron sees this as kind of disrespectful and I really think he just doesn’t want that extra challenge and rather have this easy route. But wait last time I check LeBron’s goal is to become better than Jordan right? Well you better welcome this change because this might be your ticket to help give you that extra boost. A lot of fans question the amount of competition Jordan had and I completely understand that it was a different era. This format puts the best against the best and brings a new excitement to the predictable playoff’s we already have. The west is filled with super teams. Why wouldn’t LeBron want to say “hey I knocked off PG13, Westbrook, Melo, J Butler, Cousins/Davis, Harden, and CP3 all on his road to the NBA finals? All in the same year in the playoffs. That would be an amazing fleet that couldn’t possibly be ignored and also give him an extra boost.
LeBron shouldn’t reject this; instead he should embrace it and want this as it could help out his legacy. What do you think, should LeBron be more open to a playoff seeding change? Could the change impact his Legacy to maybe surpass Jordan one day?