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The Jump's Rachel Nichols is joined by Zach Lowe and Stephen Jackson to discuss the possible changes the NBA may be considering to its playoff format. ✔ Subscribe to ESPN on YouTube: />✔ Watch Latest Episodes on WatchESPN: />✔ Watch ESPN on YouTube TV: /> Get more ESPN on YouTube: ► First Take: />► SC6 with Michael & Jemele: />► SportsCenter with SVP: /> ESPN on Social Media: ► Follow on Twitter: />► Like on Facebook: />► Follow on Instagram: /> Visit ESPN on YouTube to get up-to-the-minute sports news coverage, scores, highlights and commentary for NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, College Football, NCAA Basketball, soccer and more. More on ESPN.com:



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John John
Bruh, warriors vs thunder finals? Trueeeeeeeeeeeeee 🤑😬😳🤾👌
Austin Gleason
1-16 would be so much better in my opinion. I usually don't like things being changed but that is one that does make sense. It's like rachel said though, no east owners are going to vote for that.
Yurhomi 24
Quiet Rachel, we need this to happen... For the culture
ADAJ3
The travel in the regular season would be ridiculous, but this change is needed. The Eastern owners should man up and agree to this too.
Giant L
it would mean LeBron wouldn't have a cupcake path to the finals every year
Better Call Saul
Rachel got them sexy ass mom arms. Just wanna bang her in front of her husband
Victor Jr Gonzalez
They've been watching some Dom2k videos, finally we listen to them considering and talking about it.
Mike Jack
LeBron not gonna win the NBA Finals again regardless.
Yo Mammas Boo
It would mean no more Finals appearances for LeFraud.
Geraldo S
The WNBA is still trash. Hasn't turn a profit since 1996, if it was a men's league it would be out of business. That's not equality, that's preferential treatment.
vinul g
This has to voted on by ALL THE TEAMS in the nba. so...The east gonna say no
Sam M
Cavs & Warriors still would make the Finals but it would be much more competitive!
Anthony Newton
Lebron ain’t gonna make it to the finals 😂😂
Ry
THIS WOULD BE ABSOLUTELY PERFECT
Central Lifestyle
If they allow this, Lebron and his Cavs will never get to the NBA Finals ever again. It'll always be two Western Conference teams playing in the NBA Finals (Warriors vs another western team).
LeSean Walston
I don't see any LeBron fans agreeing with this,, wonder why.. lol
Devin Nguyen
And yet, memphis is associated in the west. And its far and next to Charlotte
Lebron James
I am huge LBJ fan but I can say that this is the right.Silver>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Stern
John M Flores
Consistently the best, most thoughtful NBA show...
Christen Code
Why do ppl care about this idea so much? It's not going to make that much of a difference lol do we really care that much about which teams are gonna be bounced out the first round of the playoffs?
PioneeryourselfGaming
I love Adam Silver definetly the Best League Manager of All Time idk why people boo this guy at the draft because he is great
Chester Wilson Jr.
TURN THE NBA REGULAR SEASON FROM 82 TO 64 OR 58 GAMES!
NightHwk
This is what they should do. Keep the 82 game system, but each team plays each other 3 times. One home game, one away game, and one game in Vegas/Seattle/Vancouver. Top 16 make playoffs.
Asher Andrew
I hate it when people bring up travel. Nba players don’t fly on normal airplanes like us Americans do. They travel on private jets, being served high quality food, having a bunch of great support on their way there. And if you are worried about travel time just adjust the playoffs according to the match up. Like if a matchup difference is 4000 miles or something then it’s a 2-3-2 matchup. The regular season could or couldn’t be changed. But it would just make teams actually care about the regular season.
Johnathan Clark
If it was this year and CAVS are not in the WARRIORS BRACKET. LeBron will go back to the finals. To lose again to Kevin Durant. #LeBronTop5TalentAllTime
Flex Master Tony
Slowly but surely putting the gay Adam Silver into the Roger Goodell category. Dude is literally trying to change the way the game’s been played since it’s inception and for no real reason either. What is he trying to prove?
Russell Westbrook Fan since 2010
Who wants to see Celtics-Lakers in the first round? Stupid.
Riot Or diet
now that bron is gonna be gone soon lets make it so nobody makes 7 straight finals again in a cake walk conference!!nba 10 years to late west been way better since 1999
Mikey
conferences had been the difference between LeBron n Melo's careers. So much finals praise. Bruh, If Lebron had to face off Western teams right from the jump instead of strolling to the finals, I'd say his career would look Melo esque, first round and second round exits with no rings. Maybe 1 ring. That Heat team was pretty good.
Emerson Herndon
Travel is not travel. Don’t play or insult our intelligence. Those guys don’t fly commercial planes they have beds and reclining seats. Massage chairs and they rest literally all day.
BlackHippy27 BlackHippy27
Kobe Bryant - Purpose of Hard Work https://youtu.be/Cxe00pI5WRc
Matt Mckissic
The Warriors are a joke. The Big 4 won't last long. Durant joining the Warriors would be like Ewing joining the Bulls or Pg13 joining Miami in 2013. When the Cavs win this year the Warriors will split up.
Emerson Herndon
As far as voting and revenue that’s all this segment should be about.
your breath smell like shit comments people
Bad idea.
ya mom said I could
Damn she's sexy
Coach JG
Rachel needs to hit the gym. Them arms getting flabby
Kobe The Gloat
No more finals fa lebron that's all I know
John Carter
We don't need playoffs changes
Andrew Bullard
Please do best 16 teams
Russell Westbrook Fan since 2010
So instead of Lebron sweeping the Hornets or Hawks, he'll sweep the Grizzlies, or Jazz? 1-16 is pointless.
Tank Coffee
if they did this they should at least add 2 more
jason L
It should happen, the 9th 10th 11th western teams are more of a playoff team Than the 6th-8th teams od the east....If this happens, we may see gsw vs cavs in the semis...
Uros Djikanovic
The best nba playoffs would be when first from the west plays the 8th seed from the east and reverse first team from the east playing against 8th seed from the west and the 8 teams that pass the first round be placed by records. And because of traveling first round should be played best of five
Leburn Jemz
I love lebron he is my favorite player. Therefore I am a "Bandwagon" according to Warriors fans. I did hope the Cavs would do good for the postseason for the last two years but I never really liked those heat. I loved seeing LeBron keep flying to the finals making history but this is a good change to the NBA. LeBron you are the best player in the league and 2nd best player of all time but last year might be your last finals appearence. However if you do make it to the finals against this competition you MIGHT just be the best of all time.
dinani lee ndor
well if the west is as competitive as everyone claims then west teams wont have a better record over east since they'll beat each other around while the cavs, celtic or wizards are cruising against the other east teams. just like in football the english premier league top team often have few overall wins against others since they are too competitive, whereas in germany there is no competition so clubs like bayern munich get more wins and a good record
riedstep
East? I thought you said weast!
Mike Jack
This would be cool, but she makes good points. Such a change could be more harmful than helpful.
WarMarchine 11
This would change careers cause Melo squad that kobe beat should of already seen one finals if placed in the east melo ran into kobe when he had that squad in Denver in the western conf finals that def would of made it in the east Melo Billups K. Mart JR Smith(when he was crazy good) Birdman( when he was young & good) Dahntay jones
James Mitchell
How is a 1 vs 16 matchup less lopsided??
calbastian
The East is garbage juice.
DanHealsYou XSilvaX
Lebron talking to Steve Keer as i write telling him to open a spot on the team in the off-season after hearing these news
Random stuff
WNBA is trash
The Gangster Goat
#FuckDavidStern
lil dyce
Praying that this happens. .
Adam Prince
NFL and MLB don't have east/west conferences and both have to go on cross country trips for regular season and playoff games but they deal with it. With NBA players now making 40 mil per year not even including endorsements I think they can handle it.
Socially Awkward96
This is a brilliant idea I hope it pulls through this will stop lebitch from coasting to the finals so easily unless of course he switches and join a stacked West Team if he does that next summer they should consider changing the playoff format to shake things up.
Robert Gray
They should have done this years ago........................and Lebron would actually have to play real competition to get to the championship that hasn't existed in the East for the past 10 years!
Flip Flops
No less games please 🙏
DeadHead 101
Just have the better seeded team keep home court the entire series so no one has to fly every other game in the playoffs and this makes seeding more important and the regular season will be more competitive
Your Likes Make Me Moist
cut the games to 56 so every team gets to play each team only twice, nobody watches all 82 games of their favourite team anyways so nobodies going to mind the cut.
Lil Dagga
Rachel you act like they can't have a neutral site like they do in the NCAA
Staymelo7
Guess what Rachel NO ONE GIVES TWO SHITS IF THE WNBA DID THIS ALREADY HELL I DIDNT EVEN KNOW THE WNBA SEASON STARTED UNTIL I WENT TO THE NBA WEBSITE A WEEK AGO TO SEE THE HEADLINE OF WNBA FINALS GAME 3
Lil Dagga
It would mean no more cakewalks for Lebron lmao why is this even a video at this point if Adam silver does this he is the GOAT
CornRow Kenny
If this doesn’t happen im not watching nba this year. Its complete bullshit watching lebron make it to the finals because of how stacked his team always is. Not to mention the bitch move KD made to make this league that much more unfair
I Feel Like Yeezus
It would mean lebruns pointless consecutive finals appearances wouldn't be happening
Jermaine Tyrese Harris
So it's possible for every team in the western conference to make the playoffs
OKC thunder fan since 9/23/17 2018 champs
Im i the only one who thought they were saying it wont be easy for warriors to go 16-1 again
New Jersey Dre Vlogs
Warriors, Spurs, Rockets, and Cavs. ok. So...now, we divide how many times one team plays another (like .. 3x a piece?). And ... yeah, we do 1 thru 16. Cavs, even re loaded CAN NOT beat GS. so, let's shake it up a little. Too many 38 and 44 teams in the "playoffs"
Haywood Jablomy
Its a bad idea too much trouble with schedule bullshit. And its only a matter of time before the wesr becomes weaker than the east. Eventually players and coaches will retire and the wesr will be weaker so the whole purpose of doing this will eventually be the exact opposite. Franchises will all eventually fall.
Brian Cheng
This would mean. Like 2-3 teams from the East would make the postseason.
Brian Cheng
Only Bronsexuals are against this. 😂
The Lake Show
Since Regular Season doesn't necessarily matter, why not just do a single elimination format? Why not all teams even the crappy teams, still make it like college etc.. Think their could be upsets with all on the line, less travel, less in terms of series best out of 7 etc. I think it be a good experiment imo.
Roofdogs
If I got 20-30 M per year, I'd fly about no problem! No sheading a tear for these guys at all.
JI400_RED_TOP JI400_RED_TOP
Don't change it it wouldn't be right
Roland Asuncion
Rachel looks stunning
melvin mcclain
i said this years ago. west vs east. the top 16 make the playoffs. stop having these sorry eastern teams make the playoffs. the west will kill the east
Jackie Robinson
Man BS they only doing that because Lebron is the only reason the East is still relevant And Boston if Bron come to the west The East do not stand a chance to beat a Western team in no Finals!!
Neal Rafferty
if this happens - then you need to remove 6-8 teams from the league
Stephen Markelov
THANK YOU! This would be great.
Larry Paul Burnett
Knicks vs Heat in the Finals
joe travieso
wrong...all of it.....just keep the regular season as is...and the top 16 go in.... and cross country travel??...please...this one wasn't as issue with show time lakers flying across the country vs birds celtics...which saved the league...
TANK GAWD
Dont change it once the nba changes shit everything goes to hell do we need to bring up when they change the basketball
TheNamesDitto
Lmao just imagine the Bulls going against the Warriors.
phillo phil
You can’t blame the east coast man player just don’t want to come to the east coast CAUSE ITS THE EAST COAST like I’m on the east coast and why would I want to play where there are high taxes and bad Weather during the main months of the basketball season ???? Most of the east get players by trade not by signing
P.S. DaGreat
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Carlos Aguilar
nah nah nah do that when warriors are ass im trynna see celtics vs warriors for the next few finals .
chris cross
All star playground style and 1-16 playoffs that's better
chris cross
This is just getting better
George Karram
To be honest, it won't make that much of a difference in terms of which teams make it in. You might occasionally have a few more west teams making it than east teams. But if u look at last year's playoffs, using the 1-16 format as shown at 3:15 you will notice that all top eight teams from both conferences would have made it in. So not much difference, only different matchups
Duham
Anyone else disturbed by those plane animations going nose dive? Chills
Quentin Miles
Okay so if we make this rule the current 9-11th seeds in the West would make the playoffs. They ain’t gonna win shit. They will get worked in a series against anyone. Too bad the West is a stronger conference teams just have to live with that. It’s not like it would change who’s winning the title so what is the point?
CityofLos
This is just beyond dumb, there is nothing broken with the NBA playoffs.
Andrew Holt
the nba is likely to wait until after lebron retires to do this....they can't take any chances of him not making it
Mr. Flinstone
To make the playoffs better by getting rid of conferences they would need to make a season schedule where every team plays each other the same amount of times, 3 would be the number for that and makes for a tie breaker game between them but then one team gets an extra home game, also the playoffs don't need to be win 4 games just 3 the finals you can keep 4 tho. None of these issues would occur if the super team stuff wasn't occuring which has really hurt the east and will continue to hurt it even more in the future
Gowtham Singavarapu
this should have been done before Lebron made 5000 consecutive finals in no competition East
D JS
Hold up... the Sixers of all teams have beat every top 8 team in the west except for the Warriors and OKC who won in a come back buzzer beater. #Westoverrated
Larry Hollingsworth
Lebron wouldn’t have made it to the finals so many years if he played western teams in the past years.
ermocrate
I wouldn't bet on the west having more than 9, max 10 playoffs spots, at the end the change would be very marginal. I can see the PO brackets done like that, not the regular seasonqualification. I would abolish the fact that is you do the PO you are out from the lottery, I would leave that to records, that's why Western teams got better over time, being a 50% team and still have chance to pick first.
Republika Dugave
58 regular season games... Done...
Norris Bennett
keep up the great work....