- 06/22/2012, 10:52PM ET
7#bag _ Com said 06/22, 10:52 PM
The NBA should change the format of the NBA finals from its current 2-3-2 format.
They put this in place due to the cross country travel, but now with the much more comfortable travel, as well as there being more teams in the middle of the country, this is outdated.
Getting the middle 3 at home just allows too much of an advantage to the team with the lesser record.
Rudedog: Believe The Hype said 06/22, 11:09 PM
Teams may be used to traveling, but that doesn't make the physical adjustments that much better.
For example, a couple years ago, the Celtics and Lakers squared off, literally on opposite ends of the country. Even at just a 5-hour flight, the time difference makes for a hell of a trip.
What you're proposing (presumably) is a 2-2-1-1-1 format. That means, if the two teams play on Tuesday night in LA for Game 4, they'd be done around 1030 or 11 LA time. At best, they'd be on the plan to Boston by 2 in the morning. A 5-hour flight to Boston gets the team there at 10 in the morning, where they'll have only about 30 hours to adjust and play Game 5.
If they play a Game 6, they have to go back to LA. Again, assuming they get onto the plan by 2, they'll be in LA at 4 AM local time, having to readjust to that time zone.
Essentially, you're asking for far too much physically out of these guys. With players already suffering through all sorts of injuries this late in the season, forcing them to fly across the county 4 times at most is way too much
7#bag _ Com said 06/23, 01:12 AM
How long a flight is Portland to New Orleans?
Or Toronto to Miami?
Those series are just fine going the 2-2-1-1-1 series.
How long a flight from OKC to Miami? Longer than the flights to Chicago and Boston?
Let's keep in mind these guys aint flying coach on Delta. NBA teams fly on custom seats on charter aircraft. A four hour wait at the airport waiting on a lane is a thing of the past. Unless there is safety issue, that plane's in the air (or LeBron is waiting on his dinner to be delivered)
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