Off to a strong start as the NBA commissioner, Adam Silver took some time with reporters in Las Vegas on Tuesday to discuss the future of the association. Among the topics discussed -- replay center, LeBron, etc. -- Silver disclosed that he's considering a soccer-styled change in the NBA:
"There's very few things that you can win in the NBA. I mean, when you think about European soccer, for example, they have the FA Cup and they have other tournaments throughout the season, so I could imagine if we were to look at some sort of midseason tournament I would imagine doing something in Vegas," Silver said. "This would be a terrific neutral-site location."
The basic idea would be to give all teams a chance to play for a title outside of the NBA finals. Silver was understandably vague in explaining the potential tournament, because it's probably just a zygote of a thought at this point, but I'm imagining a 30-team, World Cup styled knockout tournament leading up to All-Star weekend, culminating with the All-Star game itself. Perhaps some of the breakout players from the midseason tournament can also get an invite to the game.
What do you say, DBB? Good idea? How would you format such a thing?