Should the NBA eliminate conferences for the playoffs?

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Should the NBA eliminate conferences for the playoffs? 

Post#1 » by RealGM Polls » Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:03 am

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Re: Should the NBA eliminate conferences for the playoffs? 

Post#2 » by LaRance » Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:23 am

:banghead: PLEASE!!!! GOD I HOPE THEY ELIMINATE the confernce one day. Alot of these crappy teams In the east dont even deserve to make the playoffs with their sub .500 records. Pathetic
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Re: Should the NBA eliminate conferences for the playoffs? 

Post#3 » by Camping Fan » Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:41 am

I like the conferences and I like the divisions - Its worked for the last 60 years so I see no reason to change it now
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Post#4 » by Diggr14 » Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:05 am

Why is this even a thing? If you eliminate conferences, maybe 1-2 teams change year to year in the playoffs. It’s silly to bother, considering, only 3-4 teams have a shot at the title the way the NBA is structured right now. Much bigger problems than this tinkering of the 8 seeds, who the hell cares.... Now if you really want to make things better and bring competition back to the league and keep teams in their existing markets...

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Re: Should the NBA eliminate conferences for the playoffs? 

Post#5 » by Bobalob » Mon Jul 10, 2017 1:24 pm

Just the ebb n flow of the league man. It'll always even out in due time.
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Re: Should the NBA eliminate conferences for the playoffs? 

Post#6 » by star_bury » Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:44 pm

Then why not lose conferences entirely?
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Re: Should the NBA eliminate conferences for the playoffs? 

Post#7 » by hedleylamarr » Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:25 pm

Same story as in the 80's. Only it was the EAST that was dominant. This will even out over time. Right now, it's the West's turn. People overreact way too much!
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Re: Should the NBA eliminate conferences for the playoffs? 

Post#8 » by Vince604 » Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:03 pm

The top 16 teams should be in the playoffs.
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Re: Should the NBA eliminate conferences for the playoffs? 

Post#9 » by luss54321 » Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:18 pm

LaRance wrote::banghead: PLEASE!!!! GOD I HOPE THEY ELIMINATE the confernce one day. Alot of these crappy teams In the east dont even deserve to make the playoffs with their sub .500 records. Pathetic


Bro the 8th seed in the East was 41-41 and the 8th seed in the West was 41-41
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Re: Should the NBA eliminate conferences for the playoffs? 

Post#10 » by KnightofHyrule » Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:24 pm

luss54321 wrote:
LaRance wrote::banghead: PLEASE!!!! GOD I HOPE THEY ELIMINATE the confernce one day. Alot of these crappy teams In the east dont even deserve to make the playoffs with their sub .500 records. Pathetic


Bro the 8th seed in the East was 41-41 and the 8th seed in the West was 41-41

But they play completely different schedules. A team thats 41-41 in the West would have 45+ wins in the East.

But this is also the reason why eliminating conferences would only lead to people complaining about scheduling. The NBA can't make an even schedule. It's not practical.
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Re: Should the NBA eliminate conferences for the playoffs? 

Post#11 » by totalrekall » Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:30 pm

yes it was evident it needed to happen 10 years ago. NBA wont do it bc they funnel all the talent West so LeBron can have his free pass to the Finals every yr. if LeBron moves to the Western Conference or when he retires, you'll see a lot of good players allowed to join Eastern Conference teams again
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Re: Should the NBA eliminate conferences for the playoffs? 

Post#12 » by DarkoNeedsAfro » Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:24 am

Seedings would have changed but the same 16 teams would have made it in last year. It gets old to keep hearing people act like there would have been 14 Western Conference teams in. And the schedules are not going to change. Travel is a big enough problem now, and there is no way they want to make it worse. There has always been an ebb and flow to which conference is better. The same could be said for the NFL and the MLB. Travel concerns necessitate conferences and conferences necessitate 2 groupings of playoff teams simply because how can you compare records when they don't play the same teams? There are a lot of issues in the NBA and this is so far down the list. Wait a few years and the East will be the top conference....well, maybe. if their owners weren't idiots that would be the case. Now that's something the league should address!
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Re: Should the NBA eliminate conferences for the playoffs? 

Post#13 » by DarkoNeedsAfro » Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:25 am

totalrekall wrote:yes it was evident it needed to happen 10 years ago. NBA wont do it bc they funnel all the talent West so LeBron can have his free pass to the Finals every yr. if LeBron moves to the Western Conference or when he retires, you'll see a lot of good players allowed to join Eastern Conference teams again



And that is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. You aren't alone. I've heard others saying it too. And it sounds just as dumb no matter who types it.
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Re: Should the NBA eliminate conferences for the playoffs? 

Post#14 » by bj2323 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:29 am

I really hope they get rid of these conferences. Im tired of seeing Lebron play below .500 teams in the first two rounds of the playoffs.
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Re: Should the NBA eliminate conferences for the playoffs? 

Post#15 » by GoSixersBro » Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:34 am

bj2323 wrote:I really hope they get rid of these conferences. Im tired of seeing Lebron play below .500 teams in the first two rounds of the playoffs.


Except that has never happened.
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Re: Should the NBA eliminate conferences for the playoffs? 

Post#16 » by GoSixersBro » Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:35 am

totalrekall wrote:yes it was evident it needed to happen 10 years ago. NBA wont do it bc they funnel all the talent West so LeBron can have his free pass to the Finals every yr. if LeBron moves to the Western Conference or when he retires, you'll see a lot of good players allowed to join Eastern Conference teams again


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Re: Should the NBA eliminate conferences for the playoffs? 

Post#17 » by donemilio21 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 4:49 am

hedleylamarr wrote:Same story as in the 80's. Only it was the EAST that was dominant. This will even out over time. Right now, it's the West's turn. People overreact way too much!

I didn't like it back then either. We should have seen Pistons-Bulls NBA finals, Sixers-Celtics finals.

I think removing of conferences could work without a major schedule change.
Currently a team plays 2 times against the 15 team in the other conference, 4 times against the 4 teams in the same division, 4 times against the 6 teams in the same conference, and 3 times against the other 4 teams in the same conference.

Change it to 4 times against 4 teams in the same division, 3 times against the 16 other teams, and 2 times against the 9 remaining teams. I think that would be fair.
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Re: Should the NBA eliminate conferences for the playoffs? 

Post#18 » by jimmy keys » Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:50 pm

Camping Fan wrote:I like the conferences and I like the divisions - Its worked for the last 60 years so I see no reason to change it now


Yeah why improve the product when we can just watch sh*t teams get blown out in the playoffs. :roll:
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Re: Should the NBA eliminate conferences for the playoffs? 

Post#19 » by jimmy keys » Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:55 pm

Bobalob wrote:Just the ebb n flow of the league man. It'll always even out in due time.


That's not the point, the point is to get the most competitive games possible every time.

Did you watch this year's playoffs? I tried and fell into a deep two month long coma. This league has become boring AF.
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Re: Should the NBA eliminate conferences for the playoffs? 

Post#20 » by jimmy keys » Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:58 pm

Vince604 wrote:The top 16 teams should be in the playoffs.


Honestly I'm thinking top 8 to 12 teams makes more sense. 16 teams is way too many for a league with no competitive balance.

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