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NBA rumors: League informs team of proposed 2021-22 schedule changes

NBA rumors: League informs team of proposed 2021-22 schedule changes

If the NBA gets its way, the beginning of the regular season will look a lot different in 2021.

The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Friday, citing sources, that the league has informed all 30 teams of proposed changes for the 2021-22 season.

The league's goal is to increase excitement in early-season games that ordinarily don't have much buzz. The in-season tournament would take place from late November through mid-December. Each team would play at least eight games and the two teams that make it to the final matchup would play a maximum of 11 games.

In an effort to get players to buy in to the radical changes to the schedule, the NBA will award cash bonuses to players and coaches on the winning teams, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday.

According to The Associated Press, the NBA board of governors is expected to discuss and decide on the proposal in April. If approved, the changes would go into effect on a one-season trial basis with the option of keeping it in place if it succeeds.

For a team like the Warriors, who have tasted success at the highest level over the last five seasons, getting them to care about an in-season tournament might be a tough sell.

But for the Kings, who haven't made the playoffs since the 2005-06 season, winning the in-season tournament would give them something to build on.

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Over the last 10 years, the importance of winning the NBA Finals has been amplified, at the expense of regular-season wins. Star players are teaming up in an attempt to hoist the Larry O'Brien trophy. Those same star players are tailoring their offseason so they can focus on winning the ultimate prize, as evidenced by so many players bowing out of the FIBA World Cup in China this offseason.

The NBA is pushing hard for this change, but this might be a hard sell for the players and fans. 

Kings might have made playoffs last season in NBA's proposed changes

Kings might have made playoffs last season in NBA's proposed changes

Change is inevitable. Whether it’s a playoff recalibration or an in-season tournament, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is looking for an update according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Any rule changes the NBA makes, whether it’s reducing the schedule to 78 games, having a play-in to get into the postseason or reseeding the playoffs based on record and not conference, needs NBPA approval and wouldn’t take place until 2021-22, the league’s 75th anniversary season.

There is a lot to be hashed out between now and then. A long list of items could get pared down to one or two major changes, or the league could go for broke and see what works and what doesn’t.

One of the more interesting items on the list that might affect the Kings is the potential for a play-in series to get into playoffs.

According to Wojnarowski, teams with the seventh and eighth-best records in each conference would battle to see who gets the seventh seed. At the same time, a second game would take place between the ninth and tenth place teams. The loser of the seventh-eighth game would then play the winner of the ninth/tenth game to see who would land the eighth seed in the playoffs.

Under this design, the Kings actually would have had an opportunity to make the postseason last year. They finished with a record of 39-43 and would have faced off with Luke Walton’s Los Angeles Lakers. The winner of that game would have gone on to play the loser of a game between the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers.

It’s an interesting concept that might have actually led to better basketball by the Kings and other teams down the stretch of the season. Would Minnesota have fought to catch the Lakers or the Kings? Would LeBron James have sat out seven of the final eight games for LA? Would Dave Joerger have pulled his starters in the second half of the team’s final game of the season in Portland?

Major League Baseball has a similar play-in setup in which two wild-card teams play a single game to see which advances to the playoffs. After 162 baseball games, it hardly feels right to watch everything come down to one game, but it might work in basketball.

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A playoff play-in could also solve at least some of the league’s issues with tanking. Teams would be incentivized to at least try to stick in the race down the stretch, although there likely would still be a group that is eliminated early from playoff contention.

All of these proposed changes are intriguing. It’s hard to project whether they might impact a future season for the Kings, but if there is a chance of increasing a postseason berth for the team, owner Vivek Ranadivé and his group should vote yes when all of this comes up at the board of governors meetings.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver would 'love' WNBA team in San Francisco

NBA commissioner Adam Silver would 'love' WNBA team in San Francisco

Professional basketball is back in San Francisco for the first time in 48 years.

The Warriors opened the 2019-20 season with the unveiling of Chase Center, and NBA commissioner Adam Silver gave the arena rave reviews Thursday night. He also hinted at a desire for more basketball.

Could the WNBA come to the Bay Area? 

"A lot people don't know, Joe Lacob was an owner in the old ABL, a women's league, which was an initial competitor to the WNBA," Silver told NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke on "SportsNet Central: Warriors Edition." "It's something we've talked to he and Rick Welts about a lot, and we'd love to see a WNBA team in this great city."

Lacob, the Warriors' owner, was a primary investor in the ABL before the league eventually folded. If anybody can bring the WNBA to the Bay, he seems like the perfect person to do so. 

The Bay Area also is rich in women's basketball talent.

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The Stanford women's basketball team is one of the best in the country every year, and their coach, Tara VanDerveer has 1,000-plus career wins between stops with the Cardinal and at Idaho and Ohio State. Stanford has produced two No. 1 WNBA draft picks in the past eight years in sisters Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike.

Cal women's basketball has a storied program, too. Coach Lindsay Gottlieb, who won 179 games over eight seasons, was named a Cleveland Cavaliers assistant before this season. 

While the Warriors are back in San Francisco, a WNBA team might be on the way down the road. Stay tuned.