Shorter season, new playoff format eyed
The NBA may be closer to a shorter season, a new postseason format and an in-season tournament.
A person familiar with the negotiations said Saturday the NBA is working with the players’ union and its teams on a plan to shorten the regular season, possibly to 78 games.
They also are considering a change to the playoff seeding and the addition of a midyear tournament for all 30 clubs in time for the 2021-22 season.
The tournament would likely help offset revenue loss from the shorter regular season and fewer home dates.
ESPN, which first reported the progression of the plan, also reported the proposal includes a plan to reseed playoffs after early rounds.
That may create an NBA Finals between teams from the same conference.
The proposal could be sent to the league’s board of governors in April.
Rondo fined $35K: Lakers G Rajon Rondo has been fined $35,000 by the NBA after he was ejected in the fourth quarter of Friday’s 130-127 win over the Thunder in Oklahoma City.
The league said Rondo made “unsportsmanlike physical contact” with Thunder G Dennis Schroder, verbally abused an official and didn’t leave the court in a timely manner after he was thrown out.
Rondo was ejected after he kicked Schroder in the groin area.