NBA Plans to Continue Play-In Tournament Format in 2021-2022 Season
Sorry LeBron, but the NBA’s play-in tournament is here to stay.
At least for the time being.
Despite receiving a fair bit of criticism from The King himself prior to the start of the postseason, the league will reportedly be bringing back the play-in tournament next season.
“It’s my expectation that we’ll continue it for next season,” said commissioner Adam Silver. “We, of course, need agreement from our teams and the Players Association. Know Michele Roberts doesn’t have an easy job — she has 450 players, some maybe have louder voices than others at the table. But again, I think ultimately although there were critics, not just LeBron but others who weren’t in favor of it and maybe some teams who weren’t thrilled with it, I think overall it was very positive for the league and the players. Certainly there’d been some suggestions about some tweaks we should consider, but again, I think once we bring it back to our owners for a vote and the Players Association meets and has an opportunity to consider it, it’s my expectation that it will continue for next season.”
Over the past two seasons, the seventh through tenth seeds in both conference played in the new concept to determine the final two spots in the Western and Eastern conference playoff pictures. This year, the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Memphis Grizzlies, and Washington Wizards all clinched playoff spots via the tournament.
Although some have voiced their disagreements with the tournament idea, the league has been able to create some excitement to close out their regular season and at this point plan to continue to ride the play-in tournament hype train.