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Report: NBA general managers are in favor of 20 or more playoff teams

Report: NBA general managers are in favor of 20 or more playoff teams

While general managers are split on how the NBA should proceed with the 2020 season, there is one factor that most teams agree on: expanding the playoff field. 

In a survey sent to NBA GMs this week, 83% (25 of 30) of them voted in favor of a "Playoffs Plus" format that would have 20 or more teams in the playoffs, according to Shams Charania. However, the 30 GMs were split on whether to maintain the traditional playoff seeding (53%) or to reseed the field (47%), presumably from 1-20 based on the overall league standings

The traditional NBA's playoff format has 16 team bracket with eight teams from each conference. A format that has been in place since 1984. Adding four teams, whether the four best teams outside the playoffs or two from either conference would make the largest playoff field ever.

Expanding the playoff field would be similar to the NHL's return to play plan which had the top 12 teams in both conferences advancing straight to the playoffs. The NBA is considering a play-in format to include New Orleans, Portland, San Antonio and Sacramento - all Western Conference teams - according to ESPN.

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Other details seem to have less of a consensus from the decision-makers of each franchise. Here are some of the results according to Charania:

  • 53% (16) GMs want to advance directly to the NBA playoffs, 27% (8) would like an abbreviated season with a play-in
  • 60% (18) were in favor of a 72-game season. All teams had completed 63-67 games before the stoppage.
  • Non-playoff teams were split on resuming the season
  • Most GMs wanted the season to conclude by Oct. 1
  • They wanted a larger roster or more flexibility when play resumes

None of the results of the survey are set in stone. Merely they were used to gauge opinions from each team. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will talk with the league’s board of governors to discuss formats and a potential timeline on Friday. 

The Wizards are currently the ninth seed in the Eastern Conference and 5.5 games out of the standard final playoff spot. In terms of the league standings, they have the 22nd-best record in the NBA.

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76ers Joel Embiid arrives to Orlando NBA restart bubble in full hazmat suit

76ers Joel Embiid arrives to Orlando NBA restart bubble in full hazmat suit

The Philadelphia 76ers arrived in Orlando for the 2019-20 NBA restart Thursday afternoon and star big-man Joel Embiid quickly made headlines with his bubble attire. 

This get-up needs no intro, take a look for yourself.

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On top of the hazmat suit (which we're not quite sure how he got his hands on one so large) Embiid was decked out with his facemask and gloves as well.

Embiid commented on the Walt Disney World Resort bubble earlier this week during a Zoom press conference when he stated he doesn't believe in the restart plan.

“I’m not a big fan of the idea," Embiid said. "But then again, I’m going to do my job. I’m not going to let the city down. I’m going to represent my city, my family, my teammates - that’s what I’ve always done.” 

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“I know I’m going to do the right things,” Embiid said. "I don’t ever do anything. I only play video games. I’m always home. I don’t do anything. But then again, I don’t trust those other guys to do the same. But like I said, I got to do my job."

Being too careful during this pandemic isn't a thing, so kudos to Embiid for breaking out all the stops. 

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WATCH: Dallas Mavericks throw balcony dance party in Orlando NBA restart bubble

WATCH: Dallas Mavericks throw balcony dance party in Orlando NBA restart bubble

True fans of basketball all know how exciting this season's Dallas Mavericks team is to watch on the hardwood, but after watching this video you'll learn that the fun doesn't stop there.  

The Mavericks arrived to the World Disney Resort in Orlando on July 8 and it seems as though it didn't take them long to get acclimated to the new living arrangements. 

Take a look.

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"48 hours of self-isolation can‘t stop DJ Ice-o and DJ Q from turning up 🎧🎧!" Mavericks center Max Kleber said in the caption.

As you can see, Mavericks centers Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber are hosting a full-on block party from the confines of their quarantined balconies. 

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In the video, you can see other players showing off their dance moves like MVP candidate Luka Doncic, sharpshooter J.J. Barea, and forward Dorian Finney Smith. 

Not sure if the Wizards can top this performance, but we'd all love to see an attempt. 

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