With the news that the NBA has cancelled the first 2 weeks of the season, it appears that the league is one step closer to realizing it’s dream– to consist of nothing but playoffs.
Within the current format, the NBA playoffs, which run from April until seemingly forever, are preceded by the regular season (also known as the “playoff preview showcase.”) The highlight of the regular season comes on Christmas day, when teams that are certain to meet during the playoffs are put on national television. Aside from the thrill of watching basketball in the new pajama pants and sneakers you received for Christmas, there’s actually not much more to the regular season.
“The regular season originally began as free-throw practice for Shaquille O’Neal,” notes league commissioner David Stern, who took great pride in announcing that 2 weeks had been dashed from the schedule. “The man is simply so large that his gravity attracted enough players and fans for a regular season to break out.”
“It serves no purpose. We already know who’s going to be in the playoffs,” he added.
With the season shortened and more of the schedule likely to go, the NBA is closer to being nothing but one long playoff. The league will revert to a jersey-based system, where playoff teams will be decided by how well their jerseys are selling, or if the NBA wants a specific team to sell more jerseys.
With the regular season almost certainly to be extinct, we bid adieu to the following niceties we will have enjoyed for the last time:
The discussion of whether or not a team will win 70 games
The LA Clippers
Jeff Van Gundy upset over a meaningless play
The notion that the Knicks could be good this season
30-Win-Teams striving adorably for the #8 seed
Please comment below on what you will miss about the NBA regular season.