March 2020 Basketball Wiretap

NBA Has Discussed Best-Of-Three As Possible Playoff Format, Single-Elimination Only As Last Resort

Mar 30, 2020 5:01 PM

NBA executives still hope they can arrange a one-site 16-team playoff with a five-to-seven-game regular season as a warmup, all conducted without fans in attendance, according to multiple league sources.

“They’re very determined to have a champion,” one industry source said.

The playoffs could be reduced to best-of-three series for the duration of the playoffs, while a single-elimination format has been all but ruled out and would only be considered as a last resort.

“Nothing is off the table,” another league official said.

Las Vegas, Orlando, Atlantic City, Hawaii and Louisville have been mentioned as possible place to host the playoffs.

The NBA hasn't ruled out the possibility of canceling the season altogether. 

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NBA Considering Multiple Contingency Plans Including Best-Of-Five Early Playoff Rounds

Mar 17, 2020 10:47 PM

The NBA continues to consider numerous contingency plans based on when they can resume playing games. The league could play a limited continuation of the regular season and then shortened early playoff rounds from best-of-seven to best-of-five.

The NBA moved from a best-of-five first round to a best-of-seven in 2003.

While some teams would like direction on a possible drop-dead date for starting the season, the NBA doesn't want to lock themselves into those scenarios.

NBA owners are also waiting for the league's financial projections on lost revenues. The projections will likely be based on three scenarios: The financial costs of a shutting down the season, re-starting with no fans in arena or playing playoff games with fans.

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LeBron James Says He's Putting Lakers 'Back Where They Needed To Be' After Clinching Playoff Spot

Mar 7, 2020 12:30 PM

LeBron James had 37 points, 8 assists, and 8 rebounds in the Los Angeles Lakers' 113-103 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Lakers clinched a playoff spot for the first time in six seasons.

"I came here to put this team and put this franchise back where they needed to be. The league is not what it is if the Lakers are not winning. And that was one of my responsibilities, one of my goals when I came here," said James after the game.

The Lakers, now 48-13, will play the Clippers on Sunday.

The Clippers, who have won six straight games, beat the Lakers on opening night and on Christmas Day.

"We know how well they've been playing as of late. They're at full strength. We're at full strength. And we look forward to the challenge to see how we can match up with them again. So, you know, the first game, we kind of threw that game out the window. It's the first game of the season. Who were we? Who were they? They had way more returning guys than we did [at that point]. We were still trying to figure out ourselves ... so we just look forward to see if we can continue to play good basketball, no matter win, lose or draw," said James of the previous losses to the Clippers. 

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