Report: NBA may jump right into playoffs, seed teams from 1-16
The NBA is looking to formulate a set plan for the resumption of play to present to team owners on Friday, and there is a legitimate chance the regular season has already concluded.
לפי Brian Windhorst הליגה רוצה להכריז על הליגה סגורה, ולהתחיל מיד עם הפלייאוף, 8 מזרחיות ו-8 מערביות. זו לא תהיה מכירה קלה, למרות ש-16 בעלי קבוצות הם יותר מה-14 הנותרים.
עכשיו מסתבר שההודעה הגיעה בעקבות שאלון שנישלח למנכ"לים להחלטה סופית ביום ששי זה, אבל התוצאות הראשונות של השאלון הראו נטייה מחלטת לכיוון היליכה ישר לפלייאוף עם 16 קבוצות.
eason formats for consideration:
— Advance directly to playoffs: (16 teams, four rounds, best-of-seven series) with postseason teams based on standings as of March 12
— A “Playoffs Plus” option: Expanding the number of teams with the opportunity to play, either through holding a play-in tournament to determine the final seed(s) in playoffs, to be played by “bubble teams” or replacing the first round of the playoffs with a group stage.
— If “Playoffs Plus” — how many teams should return to play: 18, 20, 22 or 24?
— Resume regular season with all 30 teams: All teams plays same number of games.
— Resume regular season with all 30 teams, plus play-in: All teams play same number of games, followed by play-in tournament for the final seed(s) and traditional playoffs.
— “Playoffs Plus” play-in format options: Play-in tournament featuring bubble teams for 8th seed; play-in tournament for 7th and 8th seed; or group stage that replaces first round of playoffs and all participating in groups (each team plays two games against each group opponent and top two teams from each group advances to traditional second round).
Scrimmage games prior to any restart:
— 2, 3, 4, or 5
Total regular season games:
— 72 or 76
— Traditional (East/West) or reseed all teams— Roster considerations:
- The possibility of limited roster expansion (choice of 1-3 additional spots, would allow teams to have more players on its inactive list)
- The possibility of expanding playoff rosters for all playoff teams (one or two additional participants)
- The possibility of allowing two-way players to be eligible for playoffs
Latest possible date for finish:
— Labor Day, Sept. 15, Oct. 1, Oct. 15 or Nov. 1
As evidenced by the GM survey and conversations to close the week, the NBA still must reach a point of feeling comfortable on a return to play. As Silver told players on a call this month, the NBA will be choosing from “a lot of bad options” and none that are risk-free.