Hands off play-offs - James

February 22, 2018
Team LeBron's Russell Westbrook, left, of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Team LeBron's LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers, cheer from the bench during the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game against Team Stephen on Sunday in Los Angeles.

 

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP):

LeBron James says leave the NBA playoffs alone. The Cavaliers superstar yesterday said he disagrees with a potential proposal to re-seed the 16 teams in the play-offs regardless of conference.

The league has always had teams from the Eastern and Western Conferences compete separately in the post-season with the respective conference winners meeting in the NBA Finals.

Commissioner Adam Silver recently floated a proposal where the 16 teams would be seeded regardless of their conference.

 

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James disagrees with the concept, mostly because it "changes the landscape of the history of the game". The three-time champion, who has played in seven straight finals, noted that there have been junctures where one conference has dominated, but in the long run there has been balance.

"It's cool to mess around with the All-Star Game, we proved you can do that," said James, who picked an All-Star team this year under a new format. "But let's not get too crazy about the play-offs."

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