Brace yourselves NBA fans. The league could be in for some MAJOR changes in the future.
In a recent press conference, commissioner Adam Silver told reporters he is open to the idea of reducing games from 48 to 40 minutes and adding an in-season tournament as a means to rebuttal the "load management" excuse that sees countless players sit-out games throughout the season.
Adam Silver says NBA is “looking at” various new formats including reducing games to 40 mins, in-season tournaments, etc. with a view to load management that’s closer to football’s rotation of line-ups depending on each game.— Mark Woods (@markbritball) April 12, 2019
"I'm particularly interested in looking at different kinds of formats - at midseason tournaments, for example, play-in tournaments - because even accepting that players have so many miles on their bodies, there may be better ways to present it," said the commish.
"Assuming guys are going to play 82 games, maybe there should be a certain number of games in the regular season, and then there should be two tournaments throughout the season," Silver continued.
He proceeded to acknowledge that a "long-term cultural shift" must take place before the Association can even consider these mid-season tourney's.
Silver says there would need to be a long-term cultural shift in the US to introduce NBA mid-season tournament (like a FA Cup) but open to look at “best way to put the season together” even if current format has been around for 50 years. “Will require a great deal more research"— Mark Woods (@markbritball) April 12, 2019
The NBA has made significant alterations since Silver assumed the office in Feb. 2014, the most notable being the refurbished draft-lottery formats and All-Star game.
Silver prioritizing the physical well-being of his players shouldn't surprise anybody as he's previously decreased the number of back-to-backs in a season and has prolonged the duration of the All-Star break.
Nevertheless, it will still be some time before the commissioner's idea is even introduced.