James opposes changing playoff format

AP Sports Writer

LeBron opposed to possible plan to change NBA playoff formatBy TOM WITHERS

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James says leave the NBA playoffs alone.

The Cavaliers superstar said Wednesday he disagrees with a potential proposal to re-seed the 16 teams in the playoffs regardless of conference. The league has always had teams from the Eastern and Western Conferences compete separately in the postseason with the respective conference winners meeting in the NBA Finals.

Commissioner Adam Silver recently floated a proposal where the 16 teams would be seeded regardless of their conference.

James disagrees with the concept, mostly because it ”changes the landscape of the history of the game.” The three-time champion, who has played in seven straight Finals, noted that there have been junctures where one conference has dominated, but in the long run there has been balance.

”It’s cool to mess around with the All-Star Game, we proved you can do that,” said James, who picked an All-Star team this year under a new format. ”But let’s not get too crazy about the playoffs.”

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