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April 13, 2014 Updates

It's a fact that has began a conversation to eliminate the conferences for playoff purposes and just have teams with the best records participate in postseason. But could such a radical idea really happen? That is unclear. But NBA commissioner Adam Silver told Fox Sports Southwest Friday night the Association is looking at several options. "I don't know if there will be movement, but my initial thought is we should take a fresh look at it," Silver said. USA Today Sports

"The ninth team in the West has a better body of work for the season than every single team in the East," Tom Penn, the former vice president of basketball operations for the Portland Trailblazers and a current ESPN analyst told USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick. "I mean 49 or 50 wins in the West is so much more impressive than the 55 or 56 that Indiana or Miami is going to stumble to. "And in fact, if the playoff format was such that Indiana or Miami had to face off against the ninth team in the West, they'd have a challenge on their hands big-time with the way they're playing. Those (West) teams are charging to the finish. Everything is relative. There should be an asterisk on everything based on the uneven schedule." USA Today Sports

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New NBA commissioner Adam Silver revealed in an interview with ESPN Radio that Miami Heat star LeBron James is among the players who have personally asked him to make the league's annual All-Star break longer. Silver told the network he met briefly with multiple players during All-Star Weekend in New Orleans and shared that James, in particular, is lobbying for an extended break to allow the game's stars to enjoy some semblance of respite from the grind of the regular season. ESPN.com

"LeBron and I have had a relationship for a long time," Silver said. "We're so far in season [that] the relationship has mainly been one of texting and emailing. I spoke to him for a little bit [Sunday], and he had a few things to say in the locker room when I was in talking to the players. "One of the issues LeBron raised is a break during All-Star [Weekend]. A guy like LeBron, All-Star Weekend is not a break for him in any way. He's going around the clock with a combination of things the league is asking him to do, personal commitments, and I think it makes sense if we can work in the schedule a few days so the All-Stars can get a break as well." ESPN.com

January 26, 2014 Updates

The schedule to come is brutality defined: Entering Friday, 12 of their next 14 games were on the road, including both the current three-game trip and the nine-game marathon affectionately known as the "Rodeo Road Trip" that so often serves as a high-point of their annual journey toward playoff contention. With usual suspects Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili already leading the way like always (they're the top three in team scoring), Popovich can only hope that this trip down memory lane with his oldies-but-goodies continues. "I'm disappointed for the team, because this is a time when we always try to make hay," Popovich said. "Historically, that 'Rodeo Road Trip,' that time before, during and after the All-Star break has always been good for us. We've got a lot of away games. It's a great time to come together and get the bunker mentality, and all that trade crap. But it works for us. So this road trip, and the one right after it, you'd like to be at full strength for that because it has been important for us getting momentum for the season. So I'm disappointed for them. USA Today Sports

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If Orlando Magic executives' wish is granted, they'll play at least one game overseas either next preseason or next regular season. Magic CEO Alex Martins said NBA executives know the Magic would like to go overseas either in Oct. 2014 or during the 2014-15 regular season. "We've expressed our desire to go, and we'll just have to wait and see the teams they want to send and where," Martins told the Orlando Sentinel. Orlando Sentinel

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Ira Winderman: The NBA approves return to 2-2-1-1-1 scheduling for NBA Finals. Extra day off between Games 6 and 7, but could still be tight between 4-5-6. Twitter @IraHeatBeat

In the last scheduled Board of Governors meeting of Stern’s tenure, the competition committee’s unanimous recommendation to switch back to a 2-2-1-1-1 home/road schedule of games will be voted on Wednesday in New York. If approved, the switch likely would be made beginning with the 2014 Finals in June, NBA.com has learned. A desire to align the NBA’s championship series with the format of its other postseason rounds (all 2-2-1-1-1), and questions about the 2-3-2's effect on home-court advantage have been driving discussion of the change. Stern – who took over as commissioner on Feb. 1, 1984 – presided over the Finals-only switch that began in 1985. But air travel snags and fatigues prevalent when teams flew commercially have been alleviated by luxury charter flights. NBA.com

October 9, 2013 Updates

With exhibition games all over the globe, what’s the next smart step for the league? More overseas regular-season games? Expansion? A team in Europe? Steve Aschburner, NBA.com: I’ll vote for “more overseas regular-season games” and then hope like heck that NBA.com deems them must-cover with its lineup of intrepid scribes. But as far as anchoring a franchise in Europe, I don’t buy the logistics. Expansion to Seattle and one other North American city for an even 32 teams is something we see, I think, sometime in the Adam Silver administration. For now, though, I’d settle for something approximately a 1-to-1 affiliation of the NBA D-League/NBA system. NBA.com

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