Apparently, there’s been some internal discussions within the NBA about a play-in tournament to replace the current postseason structure.
When asked about it recently, LeBron James called the idea “wack”.
According to ESPN, the idea is “a play-in tournament determining the last two seeds in each conference — to the point that two specific proposals are circulating at the highest levels within teams and the league office.”
Essentially, there would be two four-team tournaments featuring the seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th seeds in each conference. All teams would play for a final playoffs spot.
James told ESPN that the playoffs are fine the way they are.
“[Make the playoffs by winning the tournament], even if my record is better than yours? Nah, that’s wack,” James said.
“Why? You got to earn your spot to be in the postseason. No consolation for finishing last,” he added. “That’s corny. That’s corny. That’s wack. To play for what? What are they playing for?”