lol the same thing they were trying to avoid, right? This happens every time someone thinks they've come up with some brilliant change to "fix" a playoff system: there's always some scenario that throws it out of whack.So the 2 seed ends up playing the 3 seed...and its possible the 4 seed ends up playing an 8 seed. Funny.
Overall, this top-4 seeding change wasn't a bad change to make though.
What is stupid is this:
David Stern is still talking about using international rules on goaltending:
"Well I'm going to urge the owners -- and it's not very radical but we were talking about it for awhile -- to adopt the international rule on basket interference. That is to say, once the ball hits the rim it's in play. Because I think that it's too hard to call. I think that we don't want to stop the game every time to see if it's the right call,
Allow me to point out just what a dumb ass David Stern is here.
How many times do you see an iffy goaltending call on a ball on the rim? Once a game? Once a week? How is this such a big deal?
Now, how many shots end up bouncing on the rim, rolling around it, going to the backboard, etc? Probably a good half-dozen or more per game, right?
This fool wants to put 10 extra shots per game into play because of the 1 or 2 per week that officials might get wrong? How is this a logical tradeoff?
Furthermore -- and an even bigger issue -- how does this correct all the iffy goaltending calls? Isn't it more common for officials to have trouble deciding if a shot was on it's way down? And more common when deciding if a shot hit the backboard before it was blocked?
How is adopting the international rule gonna fix those close, much more common, calls?
Stern's either an idiot, or he thinks we are. Either he hasn't thought this situation thru, or he's trying to hide the fact that he wants to align the NBA with FIBA.