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How does David Stern and the NBA fix the black hole that is the NBA Playoffs?

6/14/07 in NBA   |   kappafla211   |   0 respect

Well Bill Simmons has an idea or two for the league officials to think about. The black hole that is the NBA Playoffs just seems to get worse every year. As Bill said the Mavs/Warriors series was the best of the playoffs. So what avenue does the NBA need to take to fix this situation?

 

I think the 16 team playoff like the Sweet Sixteen in March Madness is a great idea. You get the sleeper teams and the best match ups at the end of the playoffs instead of the middle or beginning.

 

But will this resurrect the death of the NBA playoffs? Better yet will David Stern and the other stuffy officials in the NBA higher offices allow something like this?


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6/15/07   |   Big_Country78   |   38 respect

just cheat so that some east coast team like boston or new york is in the finals and Eastcoast Sportsbias like ESPN can go crazy on it.  small market teams winning is not going to help sports anywhere; except maybe football.

6/14/07   |   Terry   |   25 respect

the only thing i dont like about the 16 team playoff is that sooner or later a team on the west coast is going to be playing a majority of their series against east coast teams or vice versa..such as the suns having to play the nets, raptors, heat, and bulls in the playoffs...unlikely it would happen that way, yes..but getting 2-3 series where u have to go coast to coast would be killer

6/14/07   |   mell_1289

dlaylo wrote:
number one there are too many teams in the playoffs. As much as I loved watching GS beat Dallas, it also points out what's wrong. GS had no business in the playoffs, and the West Conf would have been even more exciting with say 4 teams.

I disagree with limiting the number of teams that make it into the playoffs. Only 8 teams make it? That's ridiculous. It's interesting to have the teams that do that huge upset like GS over Dallas.

Not only would it suck to only have 4 teams from each league but it would be the same 4 teams year after year. You guys think the playoffs is boring now, if there were only 4 teams from the Western Conference then it would be Dallas, Pheonix, San Antonio, and some 4th team that happened to be a little better than the others. There would be no variety in the playoffs at all.

So if you're going to complain about the playoffs now, then you shouldn't want to make it so only 8 teams got in.

6/14/07   |   dlaylo   |   2 respect

number one there are too many teams in the playoffs. As much as I loved watching GS beat Dallas, it also points out what's wrong. GS had no business in the playoffs, and the West Conf would have been even more exciting with say 4 teams.

6/14/07   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

Here's one thing I'd like to see...CALL TRAVELING ONCE IN A WHILE!

6/14/07   |   kappafla211

Todd wrote:

1) inconsistent officiating
1b) far too often ... poor officiating. What happened to the rules?

 

A trend I've noticed for the better part of a decade.  Officiating in the NBA has become more about officials' egos, rather than the game.  We need a fresh breed of officials who have a love of the game, instead of themselves.


The problem is that the NBA officials are like a small business. Once you are in it is near impossible to get them out. 

 

We all have things to bash about the reason of the NBA faltering. But the truth is the NBA is flunking. Like CF said the first two rounds were entertaining and yes "The Game" helped push some people away. But the lack of an actual competitive series after that series is a bigger reason in my book. Because even if the Suns/Spurs series went seven the results for the ratings honestly would have been the same. Since after that series we knew whoever won that series would win the title.

 

I think there are multiple things that need to be addressed but the late round playoffs have and will be one of the lower rated sports series as a whole just because after a certain point it is to predictable. IMO 

6/14/07   |   Todd

CriticalFanatic wrote:
I don't mind the idea of just making it a 16 team tournament #1 West plays #8 East, etc ... but that's not really addressing the problem directly.

As I said yesterday in the post linked above, the problem is the product on the court.
1) inconsistent officiating
1b) far too often ... poor officiating. What happened to the rules?
2) players for the most part are unwatchable, complaining after nearly every play.
3) flow of the game inconsistent .... see #1 and #1b

We can all pinpoint the date at which the Rating took a spill. Whether it's Stern's fault or Amare's fault. The fans were unhappy with the decision. It ruined a great series. That didn't need to happen. Fans have stopped watching since.

I don't think this is a serious serious issue. The first two rounds were overall quite entertaining. Ratings were up from previous years first couple rounds. That had a lot to do with exciting teams like the Mavs, Suns and Warriors playing.

Stern needs to free up the style of play. Unfortunately, that's going to take enforcing the contact rules, flopping, etc. So if it takes a record number of fouls called to start next season so be it. Basketball needs to be a fluid game, that's how it was intended. It was not intended to be football on hardwood.
(Edited by Todd)

1) inconsistent officiating
1b) far too often ... poor officiating. What happened to the rules?

 

A trend I've noticed for the better part of a decade.  Officiating in the NBA has become more about officials' egos, rather than the game.  We need a fresh breed of officials who have a love of the game, instead of themselves.


6/14/07   |   CriticalFanatic

I don't mind the idea of just making it a 16 team tournament #1 West plays #8 East, etc ... but that's not really addressing the problem directly.

As I said yesterday in the post linked above, the problem is the product on the court.
1) inconsistent officiating
1b) far too often ... poor officiating. What happened to the rules?
2) players for the most part are unwatchable, complaining after nearly every play.
3) flow of the game inconsistent .... see #1 and #1b

We can all pinpoint the date at which the Rating took a spill. Whether it's Stern's fault or Amare's fault. The fans were unhappy with the decision. It ruined a great series. That didn't need to happen. Fans have stopped watching since.

I don't think this is a serious serious issue. The first two rounds were overall quite entertaining. Ratings were up from previous years first couple rounds. That had a lot to do with exciting teams like the Mavs, Suns and Warriors playing.

Stern needs to free up the style of play. Unfortunately, that's going to take enforcing the contact rules, flopping, etc. So if it takes a record number of fouls called to start next season so be it. Basketball needs to be a fluid game, that's how it was intended. It was not intended to be football on hardwood.

6/14/07   |   kappafla211

For anyone reading this on Thursday June 14, 2007

 

On Thursday afternoon, NBA commissioner David Stern will be Bill Simmons' guest on his weekly podcast.

If you'd like to ask the commish a question -- and please, no joke questions --
send us an e-mail with "Stern Podcast" in the subject heading. And please make sure to include your full name and hometown. Thanks.