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Adam Silver Thinks Changing The Playoffs Is Worth Investigating

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The NBA playoffs have been one-sided in past four years. The Western conference has been dominating the East thanks to Golden State and there does not seem to be an end in sight.

Speculations of the NBA changing the playoff structure to the best of 16 have been floating around for years. NBA commissioner spoke with ESPN saying that change has some appeal.

“The most significant obstacle to seeding 1-through-16, as appealing as that would be to me and I think a lot of fans, would be the dramatic increase in travel that would follow,” Silver said. “In our estimate, we could be looking at roughly 40-50 percent more travel. … It doesn’t mean we can’t, but it is not something we can do quickly. It would require really a wholesale re-examination of how we do the schedule, how our television deal works. … We are going to look at it. I think it has a real appeal to ownership and I know it does to fans. It’s just not such an easy thing to do.”

If the playoffs changes were implanted last year the Finals could have been a Golden State vs Houston. Instead, the Warriors sweep the Cavs.

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Klay Thompson: We Want To Three Peat

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The Golden State Warriors are spending their last year in Oakland before moving to San Franciso.

The Dubs have won 3 of the last 4 championships. Warriors guard Klay Thompson wants the Warriors to win a three peat before the team leaves the Bay.

“We want to do it for the fans of Oakland. Been so loyal to us for 40-plus years, whatever it’s been since they’ve been in Oracle. So that definitely helps with this season.” said Thompson “It’s leaving a big legacy behind in Oakland because people might not get to see us as much in San Francisco. And just enjoying this every night.”

“We have such a special group. We play in front of such amazing fans. And every game is so much fun because it’s such an amazing atmosphere. It’s not like we’re playing in front of six or seven thousand people a night. It’s sold out. It doesn’t matter who we play, preseason, Finals. It’s easy to come to work when you’ve got a fan base like we have.”

History also figures to be a motivating factor since the 2000-02 Los Angeles Lakers with Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant was the only team to accomplish the feat since Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls did so twice in the 1990s.

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Anthony Davis: I’m The Best Player In The League

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Anthony Davis ended the 2017-2018 season third in the MVP race.

This year AD has the clear goal in mind to win his first ever MVP trophy. In an interview with The Jump‘s Rachel Nichols, Davis explained why he considers himself the best player in the NBA today.

“Honestly, I see myself as the best player in the league, the most dominant player in the league,” Davis said. “I just think it’s time for that step. You only get a short window, and I don’t want that window to close, so I think my time is now.”

When Nicholas brought up Kevin Durant and Lebron James, AD gave props to both players.

“Don’t get me wrong, those two are great players. But, I don’t think—um—I bring something unique to the table. My game is different than both of those guys. Both ends of the floor. Both MVP candidate and Defensive Player of the Year candidate. So that’s why I feel like my name should be at the top of that list.”

Davis ended last season with  28.1 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks.

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Watch: Lebron James Draining A Half Court Buzzer Beater

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Lakers superstar LeBron James showed off his range during the preseason match-up against the Warriors on Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

James pulled up from half-court sinking three-pointer to end the 2nd quarter. The shot gave the Lakers a 61-57 lead over the Warriors at the half.

James new teammate also spoke about the halfcourt shot. “I thought it was going in,” Ball said. “He set his feet. Obviously that is his range. He shot it like it was a free throw. LeBron James.”

James also found Lonzo Ball on an alley-oop in Ball’s first game action with LeBron on a gorgeous lob pass.

“When you play with LeBron, you got to keep playing, because he’s easy to watch, as much stuff as he does,” Ball said. “He had a monster first half. Best player in the world, that is what he does.”

James finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and a steal before sitting out the second half.

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