NBA commish Silver considering playoff reseeding

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Posted at Feb 19 2018 09:58 AM

NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks during the Commissioner Press Conference at the NBA All Star Games at Staples Center. Richard Mackson, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Among the areas the NBA is looking at ways to improve is playoff reseeding, commissioner Adam Silver confirmed at his annual All-Star Weekend press conference Saturday.

Being considered is the idea of continuing to take the top eight teams from each conference, but then seeding them from 1-16, regardless of conference. Such a system could pave the way for the top two overall teams facing in The Finals regardless of conference.

"You also would like to have a format where your two best teams are ultimately going to meet in The Finals," Silver said. "You could have a situation where the top two teams in the league are meeting in the conference finals or somewhere else. So we're going to continue to look at that. It's still my hope that we're going to figure out ways."

A chief concern for Silver regarding the considered change remains travel scheduling. Among the solutions Silver offered up is creating a more balanced schedule in order to accommodate the potential of more frequent cross-country trips in the playoffs.

"Maybe ultimately you have to add even more days to the season to spread it out a little bit more to deal with the travel," Silver said. "Maybe air travel will get better. All things we'll keep looking at."

Any such change would require approval from 20 of the 30 teams.

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