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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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Yurhomi 24
Quiet Rachel, we need this to happen... For the culture
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.
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.
LeSean Walston
I don't see any LeBron fans agreeing with this,, wonder why.. lol
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.
Giant L
it would mean LeBron wouldn't have a cupcake path to the finals every year
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
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.
Kobe The Gloat
No more finals fa lebron that's all I know
vinul g
This has to voted on by ALL THE TEAMS in the nba. so...The east gonna say no
ya mom said I could
Damn she's sexy
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.
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.
John John
Bruh, warriors vs thunder finals? Trueeeeeeeeeeeeee 🤑😬😳🤾👌
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).
Random stuff
WNBA is trash
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.
Sam M
Cavs & Warriors still would make the Finals but it would be much more competitive!
John M Flores
Consistently the best, most thoughtful NBA show...
Devin Nguyen
And yet, memphis is associated in the west. And its far and next to Charlotte
Yo Mammas Boo
It would mean no more Finals appearances for LeFraud.
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.
Anthony Newton
Lebron ain’t gonna make it to the finals 😂😂
Lebron James
I am huge LBJ fan but I can say that this is the right.Silver>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Stern
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?
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.
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
Chester Wilson Jr.
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
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.
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?
allan cruz
Adam Silver is aware that most NBA talents are now in the western teams and is concerned about the imbalance between the western and eastern conference. The Cavs and Celtics will definitely have a cakewalk going to the ECF while GSW, Spurs, OKC, Rockets will have to battle it out to reach the WCF. This is why they changed the All-star game format.
East? I thought you said weast!
your breath smell like shit comments people
Bad idea.
Coach JG
Rachel needs to hit the gym. Them arms getting flabby
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...
Johnny Basketball
Call this if it happends the LEBRON JAMES RULE..
Emerson Herndon
As far as voting and revenue that’s all this segment should be about.
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.
I agree they should reduce first round games to 5
John Carter
We don't need playoffs changes
Andrew Bullard
Please do best 16 teams
Tank Coffee
if they did this they should at least add 2 more
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
If it ain't broke don't fix it...
just remove preseason and spread out the schedules. theres 82 games anyway.
Damian Washington
Rachel is so hot
Roland Asuncion
Rachel looks stunning
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
Lebrun 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
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
Max Kellerman
How is a 1 vs 16 matchup less lopsided??
The East is garbage juice.
Widow PT
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
Donald Trump
Look at the stats the East isn’t much worse than the West this year because there are so many new West teams tanking
The Gangster Goat
lil dyce
Praying that this happens. .
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!
... Rachel would get it 👌👈💯💯
Vickram Singh
no wonder lebron is against this he don't wanna face warriors, rockets, okc or the celtics. no more finals for lebron and if people believe lebron making the finals then they are just drunk.
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.
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
Well Slap My Ass And Call Me Sally
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.
Flip Flops
No less games please 🙏
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
Lil Dagga
Rachel you act like they can't have a neutral site like they do in the NCAA
I Feel Like Yeezus
It would mean lebruns pointless consecutive finals appearances wouldn't be happening
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
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.
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.
Brian Cheng
Only Bronsexuals are against this. 😂
Brian Cheng
Eastern Conference teams and owners are pussies so of course they'd vote no.
Brian Cheng
This would mean. Like 2-3 teams from the East would make the postseason.
Brother John's
been needed changing
Christian Whitmire
I'm not sure about it. It sounds cool but I don't really like change
Whats up with the New Set?
Seed 1 -16
Ash Maindonald
so what you're saying is that owners don't give a shit about the best interests of the league, fans and players, and that cash rules everything around me? cream..
King Wani
i wonder if racheal like bbc
CBD Will Change Your Life
Travel is NOT bad anymore for Players. It sucks for the average person but for Basketball Players it is NOT a big deal. Bring the BEST 16 teams into the Playoffs!
Change it!
Well this will never happen but if it did, I bet Lebron will make every fan who wants this regret it. IF this reseeding happens, Lebron will join GoldenState with Durant and turn every single team in the NBA into a after thought. Ban super teams is the only solution.
Will never happen. The east Owners will vote to fire Adam before they allow that to happen. LOL If they want to make real changes BAN SUPERSTEAMS. Make it harder for Players like Durant to join the Western or Eastern Conf Champs and make it harder for players like Lebron to join 2 other superstars. Problem is resolved.
Drew Seventyfour
It's a damn joke how one sided the conferences are!!! 1-16!!!
It should be the last 2 best teams to play against eachother for the championship. It would be way more entertaining. But it doesn't really matter in the end because the best team in that year will always get the championship.
They tryna make excuses travel is not a issue just let the teams that are far apart from each other as it pertains to distance play each other 2 or 3 times in a row in the same city so there can't be an excuse about flying and balance that out it can definitely be done
Man Jalen been sayin this for years
Mush Rush
I really wish they do it. the current schedule hurts lots of great players and teams.
Trevor Allen
1:30 lmfao the regular Skeason
PePe Hearthstone
WNBA wtf what is that ??
lol Memphis already in central time zone and the Bulls are also Central time aswell so travel is a load of crap
Ronie Altamirano
4 eastern teams in the playoffs? Cavs Celtics Wizards Toronto Lmao