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Anti-tanking proposal on All-Star agenda

Posted on: February 8, 2010 5:24 pm
 

Labor problems, the potential for blockbuster trades, and yes, some basketball will be on the agenda at All-Star weekend in Dallas. Something else will command the attention of NBA team executives on Friday: The idea of a play-in tournament to determine the eighth playoff seed in each conference.

The concept, devised by Nuggets general manager Mark Warkentien, is on the agenda for the league's competition committee, CBSSports.com has learned. The committee, which will meet Friday, has the option of voting on whether to recommend that the Board of Governors adopt the plan -- or some other version of it.

These are the basics: The top seven teams in each conference will be seeded accordingly. The eighth seed would be determined in a single-elimination play-in tournament involving the teams that finish 8-15. The benefits? First and foremost, money. By keeping playoff hope alive for lottery-bound teams, their owners could hold out hope of achieving a coveted home playoff date or two. In theory, it would also discourage tanking, though admittedly not in all cases.

The competition committee has the ability to recommend rules changes that could take effect any time. But a drastic change such as this most likely would be considered for next season, not this one.

Comments

Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2010 10:33 pm
 

Anti-tanking proposal on All-Star agenda

"Pretty simple. Make the lottery teams all have the same number of ping pong balls. That'll end any worry of who has worst record, or second worst record etc"
I've been saying that all along. I mean the only reason The Spurs have 4 titles is because they tanked during the 1996-97 season. They tanked with Lebron during the 2002-03 season. 
At least it's not as bad as the NFL where the worst team has the 1st pick automatically. But the #1 pick doesn't matter as much as it does in the NBA.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2010 7:41 pm
 

Anti-tanking proposal on All-Star agenda

I like this Idea.

It would make fans of the teams want to chear them on so they could get extra balls in the lottery!

Still, teams with the worst records will need to retain the advantage.



Since: Jan 20, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2010 2:20 pm
 

Anti-tanking proposal on All-Star agenda

They ought to do this in Hockey. Those slackers tank it the whole season, and then 6,7th, and 8th seeds rise up and win during the playoffs.....What a joke......Instead of steady trying to reign in the NBA, go fix some of the other "Pure" sports [I say this with jus a touch of sarcasm], and leave the Association, alone.................



Since: Sep 8, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2010 1:20 am
 

Anti-tanking proposal on All-Star agenda

You are an IDIOT....



Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2010 11:33 pm
 

Anti-tanking proposal on All-Star agenda

WWE  NOT WWF



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2010 11:13 pm
 

Anti-tanking proposal on All-Star agenda

Pretty simple. Make the lottery teams all have the same number of ping pong balls. That'll end any worry of who has worst record, or second worst record etc. The lottery seems to work against the worst teams most of the time anyway, with teams not having many balls jumping into the 1st, 2nd or 3rd pick nearly every year. Yes, a tanking team with worst record would be assured of the 4th pick at the worst (assuming lottery rules dont change). I say change em. I say pick each position from the ping pong balls, not just 1st - 3rd, but all lottery teams picked until all non-playoff teams have a draft position (and from each having equal number of ping pong balls). That would make not reaching the playoffs the key, not your record being worse than another teams (no advantage given). would this possibly hurt crappy teams even more than the lottery sometimes does already? Yeah, but its fair for all and some annually crappy teams that don't quite make the worst record any year, might even be the beneficary.



Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2010 8:48 pm
 

Anti-tanking proposal on All-Star agenda

I think it's good to see that they want to do something about tanking. The problem is that the biggest problem usually falls with those bottom eight teams. Maybe THEY could have a short tournament for extra ping pong balls.

It may sound stupid but it might just force teams to learn how to play well together in those final games of the season getting ready for the tournament. Free agents may also want to play harder to audition for other teams... only problem is who's going to watch these crappy teams( in both of these lower tier tournaments) battle it out for modest gains?



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2010 7:45 pm
 

Anti-tanking proposal on All-Star agenda

I love it.  So if you're sitting 8th and going to be treated like you're 15th anyway, just rest your starters at the end of the year and play for 15th.  Rack up several losses while fans and writers scream about how they don't want to see the 12th guy play 35 minutes, but get a week or two of rest before the "play-in" tournament so your guys are healthy.

Hard to believe these guys have this much idle time on their hands.



Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2010 7:30 pm
 

Anti-tanking proposal on All-Star agenda

Marc Gasol is playing better than Pau Gasol. That deal was not all that lop-sided. When healthy, Al Jefferson is better than Kevin Garnett. That deal wasn't that lop-sided either.



Since: Dec 5, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2010 7:16 pm
 

Anti-tanking proposal on All-Star agenda

i dont really see how this anti tanking idea would work. what stops the last place team from tanking the regular season games? they can still go for it all in the play in tournament, they would just have to win 3 games on the road. sure they would get a few extra home games by making the playoffs but they will more than likely be eliminated quickly and i dont think thats worth sacrificing the number one draft pick for.


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