Postseason Format Will Remain Same
Saturday, March 29, 2008
SACRAMENTO, March 28 -- The disparity between the Eastern and Western conferences this season has led some to suggest that the NBA should re-seed after the regular season in order to ensure that the playoffs include teams with the top 16 records.
As an example, the Wizards entered Friday's game at Sacramento in fifth place in the East. In the West, their 37-34 record would place them 10th, well out of the playoff picture.
However, Commissioner David Stern dismissed the idea of changing the playoff format during a conference call with reporters on Thursday.
"No one asks [Major League Baseball Commissioner] Bud Selig to change the playoff alignment because the National League is stronger than the American League in a given year," Stern said. "And they don't ask the NFL to change because a team in either conference makes the playoffs with an 8-8 or 9-7 record in a given year. So, it's not something you respond to in a 60-year old league on a five-year cycle." . . .
Entering Friday's game, forward Antawn Jamison was averaging 21.5 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. If he maintains that pace through the end of the regular season, Jamison will become the eighth player in franchise history to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in a season.