Playoffs Rumors

More alterations could be coming and Cleveland Cavaliers swingman Dwyane Wade wouldn’t be surprised to see playoff seeding next. “I’m waiting for that day when it’s going to happen,” Wade said Thursday afternoon. “It’s all about evolution, not only in the game of basketball but in life. And everybody always obviously has something to say about when it’s a change and give their different reasons why it shouldn’t change, but it’s needed.”
The NBA continues to make numerous changes — shorter preseasons, fewer timeouts, draft lottery reform and doing away with the East-West format for the NBA All-Star Game. More alterations could be coming and Cleveland Cavaliers swingman Dwyane Wade wouldn’t be surprised to see playoff seeding next. “I’m waiting for that day when it’s going to happen,” Wade said Thursday afternoon. “It’s all about evolution, not only in the game of basketball but in life. And everybody always obviously has something to say about when it’s a change and give their different reasons why it shouldn’t change, but it’s needed.”
There are plenty of cracks in the NBA’s economic model, and they will likely get deeper in the years to come. As Mark Cuban pointed out when talking about why the conference system should be changed, there’s less incentive for teams in the East to get better because the bar for making the playoffs and winning a series or two is much lower. Stern always said the balance of power between the conferences was cyclical, but the last two generations of players have not been able to change the underlying dynamic, and there’s no guarantee the next one does either. As long as the owners in the East keep making money off their teams, they have no reason to change the way they are run.
Storyline: Playoff Seeding