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Gregg Popovich: NBA should stop giving division winners a top-four seed ‘immediately’

San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Seven

LOS ANGELES, CA - May 2: Head Coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs greets Head Coach Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers before Game Seven of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 2, 2015 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Doc Rivers has already said and resaid this.

But the Clippers coach (somewhat deservedly) has a reputation for griping too much.

So, in case you need a different perspective.

Arash Markazi of ESPN:

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said the NBA needs to change the way it seeds playoff teams after this season and do away with guaranteeing division winners a top-four seed.

“That should be changed immediately,” Popovich said Saturday, before his team lost to the Clippers in Game 7 of the opening round. “That doesn’t make any sense.”

Unfortunately for Popovich and his Spurs, it’s too late to change it “immediately.” Despite finishing with the NBA’s sixth-best record, they lost to the fourth-best Clippers in the first round of a 16-team playoff.

Yup, that’s ridiculous and unnecessary – and maybe it will get fixed.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has advocated going all-in (status quo) or all-out (removing divisions completely). If the Hack-a-Shaq discussion is any indicator, Silver values the input of the game’s greats (though that rule could go the other direction). Rivers is a championship-winning coach, and Popovich has won multiple. Together, they form a strong coalition.

They were most adversely affected by the rule this year, but perhaps they can rally other coaches to their side.

Personally, I don’t see a problem with keeping divisions and just not rewarding division winners with a top-four seed. I’m not sure how many people actually about a division title, but would any of them care less without a top-four seed attached?

If forced to choose between Silver’s all-in and all-out plans, I’m all-out on divisions. Maybe, with the urging of Popovich and Rivers, the NBA will be too soon enough.