Everyone loves the NBA Finals because of the drama, the intensity, and what it means.
The team that claims the trophy at the end of the Finals has proven itself as the best in the league and the unquestionable champions of the league.
The end of the year tournament is easily the biggest event of the year.
But what if professional basketball had another tournament to rival it?
The NBA Board of Governors today discussed In-Season Tournament concept of all 30 teams competing and then eight teams entering single-elimination round to determine the winner, with the Final Four at a neutral site, per sources. 2023-24 season at earliest.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 13, 2022
That’s what the NBA Board of Governors is thinking about.
The Board is currently discussing the possibility of an in-season tournament.
The idea goes like this: all 30 teams would participate in the in-season tournament and then eight teams would enter a single-elimination round to determine the winner.
In the end, the final four teams will battle for the trophy at a neutral site.
Why would the NBA try this out?
This sort of tournament is seen in other sports, specifically soccer, and fans now enjoy it as a regular part of each season.
It would be radically new for the NBA, however, and some people aren’t sure if they like the idea.
Why have another tournament just months before the Finals, they say?
Doesn’t it take away from the importance of the Finals?
It might seem that way right now but it would look and feel a lot different in practice.
This sort of in-season tournament could add a lot of excitement while creating new rivalries and storylines before the season then carries on and approaches the Finals just a few months later.
It wouldn’t be as important as the Finals but it would certainly add a lot of extra drama to them.