Silver open to making changes but not certain when it will happen…
NBA commissioner Adam Silver has outlined his vision to ease the schedule on teams by eliminating four games in five nights and potentially back-to-backs.
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Silver wants to make the changes in order to allow players more rest by altering the schedule and reducing the number of pre-season games while also revealing potential reform to the lottery system.
While the commissioner was keen to stress that none of these plans are on the verge of being put into force immediately, he was adamant that they would be on the agenda for the league office in the future.
“We’ll come as close as we can to eliminating the 4-in-5 formula, we think we can make a dramatic reduction,” Silver said, as reported by ESPN.
“We hear everyone loud and clearly. It’s a function of number of days in the schedule.”
Silver has been widely praised since taking office for his swift action and openness to discuss issues with franchise owners and players, and this is yet another example of his impressive leadership.
He also discussed the possibility of changing the playoff format again by hinting that they could make changes which would see the top 16 teams in the league make the post-season regardless of Conference.
In addition, Silver conceded that he is aware of discontent with the current lottery system while he also revealed he was happy with how takeover talks for the Atlanta Hawks were progressing and that both the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors are making good progress with their new arenas.
With the NBA set to benefit from a huge new TV deal, Silver may well face more difficult questions in the years to come to keep everyone happy, but for now, he is doing an excellent job.