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Old 03-31-2009, 08:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Stern Says New Playoff Format Would Be Aggressive Change NBA Commissioner David Stern indicated that the league's competition committee will "eventually decide whether to formally consider" adopting the new D-League playoff format, in which division winners will pick their first round opponent.

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the NBA Development League adopted the unusual format for the playoffs.

Division winners will get to pick their first-round opponents. Also, for the first time, eight teams will qualify for the postseason, including the winners of the three divisions along with the five teams with the best regular-season records, regardless of division.

The top-seeded division winner will select its opponent first, with the second and third ranked division winners following in that order. The fourth-seeded team will play the remaining team.

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Old 03-31-2009, 09:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i actually like it, makes winning a division WAY bigger of a deal and you will get surprises on who teams pick etc. It's a nice advantage, but i think it makes the regular season mean more, you need to lock up your division so you dont coast.
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Old 03-31-2009, 10:56 AM   #4 (permalink)
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wow...i like it, it could turn into more intense matches.
i could see some more upsets with the dogs that get picked wanted to REALLY prove the tops seeds wrong
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makes the NBA playoffs unique

but what if the #1 team picks #4?
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Old 03-31-2009, 11:03 AM   #6 (permalink)
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But then what's the point of being 4-8th seed? You might not even get home court advantage if you're the 4th seed? that kinda sucks.. lol

and teams 4-8 if they're ahead of the 9th place team will just coast through the season because none of it would matter. This won't happen.

But I would like to see a no conference playoff... 16 team tournament... where's 1 plays 16 etc. Because it kinda sucks for years like this when the west is stacked.
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But then what's the point of being 4-8th seed? You might not even get home court advantage if you're the 4th seed? that kinda sucks.. lol

and teams 4-8 if they're ahead of the 9th place team will just coast through the season because none of it would matter. This won't happen.

But I would like to see a no conference playoff... 16 team tournament... where's 1 plays 16 etc. Because it kinda sucks for years like this when the west is stacked.
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makes the NBA playoffs unique

but what if the #1 team picks #4?
then the 4th seed comes out raw dog angry about it and beats them?? That's what would make it so intense, you kinda feel insulted if the #1 team picks u. Would make it real personal imo
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The picking opponents wont fly. You will have the 5-8 teams resting their stars since seeding no longer matters. The league does all it can to keep teams trying.
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I think 1 through 4 are protected and can't choose each other as opponents, thus ensuring that the top 4 teams in each conference have home court advantage - at least in the first round.

I like the idea. Interesting. It can create some new rivalries. And if you're the top seed, you deserve right to choose the injury ravaged team going into the playoffs (even if they are the #5 or 6 seed), or the team stumbling into the playoffs.

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Even if #1 picks #4, that's going to be a damned good series, because they're probably not #4 by accident, and they're going to be motivated.

Great ideas, in my opinion.
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Whoops. I read that wrong.

The 1st can't pick the 4th... it says that the 4th will get the remaining team (ie home court advantage vs. whatever team is left).
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i don't like it. i like the idea of series like the hawks and celtics from last season, or the warriors and mavs the season previous. i don't know why the nba would even consider this.
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This is a very dumb idea! Picking who you play....

Sounds desperately like a gimmick
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This is a great idea.....if you want to make the NBA look as profesional as the D-League...
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I hate this idea. It makes no logical sense
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If you really want to change it just get rid of the conferences and have 1 v 16 and so on. That way the GSWs of the West from last year get in instead of the PHIs and TORs. That and there will be a lot more new matchups with West vs East in 7 game series.

What are they gonna do for this dumb idea? Have a show the day after the season ends with every GM coming up to the podium announcing who they want to play? What a joke,.
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I don't like it.
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Old 03-31-2009, 08:38 PM   #19 (permalink)
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could be cool but like some have said, would take some competition out of the 5-8 spots
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They need to cut the number of reg. season games bigtime, expand to about four cities in europe, and have one-and-done brackets with four or eight teams deciding the eighth seed in each conference. The regular season money will be cut substantially, but the post-season money, and over-all market will be much larger.
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