King James may have found joy in the new all-star game format which allowed him to handpick his mates, but he isn’t ready to sign f on a new-look playf seeding system.
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He clarified his stance after practice during a media presser:
“It just changes the landscape the history the game if you start messing with seedings and playfs…It’s cool to mess around with the All-Star Game—and we proved that you could do that—but let’s not get too crazy about the playfs. You have Eastern Conference, you have Western Conference.”
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The NBA is exploring the idea doing away with 8 playf spots for each conference, and instead implementing a system where the top 16 teams league-wide qualify directly for the postseason. These reforms would be a nightmare to implement because they would force the league to reevaluate other aspects the game, including scheduling.