The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association agreed to extend the play-in concept for next season, pending an expected approval of the league’s board of governors at an August meeting, sources said.
The NBA’s current play-in tournament, which includes seeds 7 through 10 competing for the final two playoff spots in both conferences, was met with significant enthusiasm by fans and television audiences this season — albeit amid some discontent from star players adversely impacted because of standings.
“I personally have a big appetite — and it may be bigger than some of our teams and even some of the players,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said when asked on ABC’s NBA Countdown show prior to Game 4 in Milwaukee on Wednesday about his appetite for innovation around the league’s regular-season schedule. “There was some resistance to the play-in tournament. I hope it’s a new element of our game. We hope to go forward with that.
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