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As always, I am Adam Arm Breck talking all things MBA action as we wait again for Thursday to come.
We've touched on this a couple of times here, but there's some interesting facets around the return of the MBA recently Daimler to come out with some of his comments regarding not wanting to come back and play.
That's going to be for meaningless games.
Ah, Steph Curry recently put in his two cents on it.
Really saying that he understands where Lillard is coming from.
Right? Because you're talking about If you're saying we're gonna come back for five games and I have to go out there and build myself back up mentally to make sure that I'm approaching the game the right way, knowing that in five games I'm just gonna be going into the offseason going from this long layoff period to then surge back up and give yourself up for five games.
So some level of camaraderie from Steph Curry and doing well, and I think a lot of players Air, probably having some mixed sense of this right of wanting to play basketball, but not wanted to get caught in the meaningless games.
Now, the last time we came on talking about the NBA's return, it was this idea of a few different proposed different proposed that were out there.
And it looks like the 22 team proposal is the one that's going to get approved and the announced on Thursday.
The interesting thing about this year, though, is and this plays into Dame Dame Lillard.
There's a couple of passes.
The first thing is the 22 game.
Those are 20 games structure would involve, as we had highlighted, including six additional teams beyond the 16 teams that are laid out in the Western and Eastern Conference that are currently established as being in the N B A playoffs.
Now in the Western Conference, you get those five teams.
We have highlighted that those would be You're talking about any team there within six games of the A seed.
So the Trailblazers, pelicans, Kings, Spurs and sons would all be within that category in the Eastern Conference.
It's only the Washington Wizards that would meet those qualifications and be included.
So now you have these six additional teams.
But the extra caveat to that is, but the eighth seeds.
When this case would be the Memphis Grizzlies over there in Western Conference and then in the East, it be the Orlando Magic they would be pushed into.
This eight will become an 18 group that will be involved in some type of playoff.
Siri's their play in Siris just to establish right.
If you're already in the playoffs that your the Memphis Grizzlies, guess what you have an opportunity here to do.
Defend that position that you're in with with a leader, you're ahead in the standings.
Then these other teams are going to get an opportunity to overcome where they are in the rankings, the games back, that they currently sit and find a way to get themselves into that playoff picture.
Then, from there, there's the idea of Well, would you move into the separate Western and Eastern conferences respectively, or were likely you keep everything merged because you're talking about now? If you have those six additional teams, you're only gonna have represented what would be 16 from the West and then two teams from the East.
So you're already going to be in a very hopper season possible buys that something else as well.
The secondary element to this, though, is that a lot of small market teams of the Oklahoma City Thunder ownership group came out spoke on this off, urging the commissioner to include all 30 teams.
And that's really just about revenue, right? You get cut off In 65 games, you're nearly had 20 games, 17 games in most situations, left to play on the season, those air games that you that you're making money on, right? You're not only making it on ticket sales if you're gonna have fans.
Very unlikely, obviously this scenario.
But then the TV in the TV revenue and what you lose in that regard.
I don't know how the MBA might approach it.
We've talked about this previously of what is the what is an incentive that you could pull it for you to say you're gonna do is 22 so it means you still have another 18 teams.
The start of 18 is beyond that that aren't getting included.
What could you do with those eight teams so that you can put some type of product on TV that fans could not enjoy watching and you incentivise it enough? Not just from a team standpoint, an organization standpoint, because they're going to like the idea of being able to have revenue coming in.
But how do you incentivize the teams as the coaches, the players to come out and risk health? You know, for some level of stakes in it.
If you're deemed Lillard, if you're Steph Curry, you're not gonna be incentivized by some type of bonus package.
You're pretty well off from a contract standpoint.
Could you incentivize them in terms of where the lottery picks are going to fall? Maybe.
But that's something that's collectively Oregon.
So that structure to make amendments to it is going to be interesting as well.
We know the n B.
A has batted around this idea of what would we wanna have in season tournaments? Could this be the testing ground for that in some way, shape or form? So you are finding a way to do that is going to be interesting.
It Some of these smaller market teams are saying, Hey, we still want a chance to deal to make revenue to go, to bring income in in some form or fashion.
What will the commissioner look at to maybe say.
And by the way, the other caveat that something senior saying too, is we have young players, guys that have been laid off since March and now aren't going to get back on the court until the next star the next season.
Excuse me, which may be delayed for the way that this gets cleaned out, and that's a very long layoff to not be able to have your hands on training and working with them.
So, you know, do you say that teams that aren't involved in this tournament, that's gonna happen? Maybe down a Disney, you know? Did they still get to go to their facilities and maybe have workouts and have practices and training? If the states and a little old government regulation and everything else that's involved in being able to do that, to be accomplished, then at least they can have to the training program or regimen.
And then, like I said, you know, having at least for young players, maybe having then getting something the tournament, maybe it is a buying process for Dame Lillard or for Steph Curry to say I choose to come and be a part of this if you don't want to.
Then each team can still put out their roster of young guys that they want to continue to grow and get better it.
But finding that balance is still getting interesting now.
The fact that the majority, it seems like, are going to we're going to vote for word on the 22 teams scenario and have some of these extra teams get brought in to make sure they have that opportunity to play out.
And then you also get the handful of games that helps organizations again.
Locke in the TV deals that they need to minimum games played so that all these networks are getting their cut of the pie as well.
And then also the warm up right.
You want it to be possible that all these teams that have had these long layoffs get to ramp themselves back up.
So by the time you get into, I'll say, quote the meaningful games in these playoffs that you don't end of seeing.
It seemed like the Lakers come out sluggish just because they're a little bit out of rhythm or the Milwaukee Bucks, the Toronto Raptors, the Boston Celtics, the L A Clippers right.
You want all these teams to be at peak performance so that everything that goes forward feels as legitimate as possible.
So the championship that is one this year feels as legitimate as possible.
You know that being the case, I don't know how concerned the commissioner is at this stage or how concerned owners overall are if they include all 30 teams or if they find that secondary thing that they can accomplish.
But you're hearing from Steph Curry you're hearing from Daimler from these players up.
Unfortunately for the Golden State Warriors, injuries hit them this year.
And even though Curry was about to come back and play one game, you know this is the nature of the season.
They only won 15 games this year.
So why do I want to risk again coming off injury? My health? Why does Clay Thompson want potentially risk that coming back in? Unless you can find a reason that feels incentivized enough for these players and whether it's a a separate tournament in 18 tournament, that just kind of maybe Crandall crowns the the bottom eight, and maybe it elevates some percent.
He goes and does have bear So as strong roster went healthy, you could maybe elevating them higher, even more so than where they currently sit with that 15 when record.
But you know what do you offer that? Or do you maybe think about an All Star weekend kind of set up where these eight teams, this group of players, could just be involved in, ah, charity organization based opportunity? We we know Beyond Cupid, there's a lot of social issues that are of one main social issue.
It's bubbling up right now, you know.
And maybe that's something that you can connect with these teams and these players on and say there's a chance to raise more awareness around.
That was a chance to raise money around that.
So maybe a charity kind of tournament would be more than enough of an incentive for these other teams to be involved in.
Then they still get to capitalize on TV revenues.
They still get the half their young players get workout game experience over the course of of what that could look like a swell and then, by the way, from an NDE overall perspective, you could be talking about Well, here's the N B a championships that you're surging towards, and they're gonna run further and beyond this 18 tournament.
But then, while it's happening on the in between nights on the nights, all you could be having is 18 tournament playing out underneath.
That would just be extra eyes on the endia extra revenue, extra hype, extra excitement and, again, an opportunity for the commissioner to examine the possibility of how you could have in season tournaments.
Or how do you utilize teams in a normal season once you go to playoffs? If you could structure it end of every year and opt in tournament for the bottom half of the league, a shortened three game series, you know, limited number of games.
You know what attacks your body in the off season if you haven't made the playoffs.
But some small thing that the start of the normal playoffs you get to see some of these other teams that still have big names and talented players on them get involved, mix it up, raise some money for good causes, potentially in the long term.
Think about how it could affect the seeding and the lottery selection as well, and that those are all avenues that I think the commissioner obviously is probably behind closed door and should be considering testing here in some way, shape or form because it connected.
Be more than enough to get players and teams that are out of the playoff picture that aren't gonna be involved.
This 22 teams set up to feel like, OK, we can get out there, these work with one another and put a good foot forward, whether it's from a basketball charity social awareness standpoint, whatever.
Whatever platform you want to be able to utilise, to make it feel like everyone is fully on board with this and that every player, team and organization feels like they get a good cut of this pie going into it.
Because otherwise I think you're gonna get a Dame Lillard who will he show up? Yes, but the last thing that I will say is that remember Daimler was saying, I'm not coming back for meaningless games, but now in this structure, when you go into those standings, if you're talking about rounding this out, it's going to be that the Portland Trail is that's just the 90 only one game back.
They're going toe have arguably some of the best odds there.
When you talk about being 3.
5 games behind the Grizzlies, if it's enough and that's that, that's the other big thing, too.
If these were playing, it's a playing toward it in style.
Then you're just saying the best teams are going to win out.
You're not gonna overcome the game deficit and whatever number again, just select.
So if you feel like you could have over the last 15 to 17 games you had in your season, made a surgeon got into the playoffs, here's your chance to do so and then you can go ahead and get that mix and see who you match up against.
So that would be more than enough to turn the page for Dane, who was really just speaking to the idea.
I'm not going to be the warmup team for the playoff teams, and as Steph Curry said, I get right.
I understand not wanting to have to build yourself up, just help other teams pursue their playoff goals.
That being the case, as always, I'll be coming back in is the update.
This it's Tuesday now is two days away.
So come Thursday, everything will be laid out.
It will start to get a sense from that 16 seed bracket.
If you're pulling those, choose your gonna have the top 14 set aside, then you're gonna have his other group of eight play each other out.
Be very interesting to think about Orlando and the Washington Wizards, representing just two out of those 18 from the East.
If they would be able to probably have to fight through some very difficult matchups from the West and then really, when you look at the squads in the West, you are talking about the Blazers.
I think, collectively the MBA wants to see the Pelicans maybe get be able to get a mix of the very least, they'll get some game action and then all the way down to the Spurs.
I mean, can you really discount the Spurs? I know they're not those Spurs this year, but it's still Grant Popovich.
It's still a team that could make issues for some of these other seeds as well, so it will make for some exciting basketball, obviously.
But most importantly, you want to get the official layout announced on Thursday start to dissect when the schedule is when the dates can be expected.
And then how are you going to formulate this and when will the top 16 or 14 seeds actually start to play? How are they going to warm along the way by weeks? Ex senator.
So there's gonna be a lot of interesting stuff, fine tuned details that will come out here and over today and tomorrow leading up to Thursday.
Be interesting of Adam Silver as any commentary on what some of these organizations were calling for all 30 teams to be involved.
If that's the case, how do you sort that out as well? Because I think the 22 team structure seems to be the very clear cut way they're gonna go.
It's just a matter off.
Do you try to find a way to include every team in the league so that old teams get some revenue share and even just at the very least, access to the young players they want to continue to develop after a very long layoff? Looking ahead to one, the 2020 2021 season will finally convince and where some of these players are going to be from the conditioning, understanding and a***en standpoint around the MBA that will do it for us.
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