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Report: The NBA will propose a 22-team return to the 2019-20 season

The Athletic's Shams Charania details the NBA's latest return proposal which will feature a potential play-in tournament for the eighth seed.

The NBA's Board of Governors are expected to vote on an official return plan in a meeting Thursday, and details regarding that proposal are starting to leak out. While we don't know everything yet, The Athletic's Shams Charania and ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski have revealed quite a bit.

Shams Charania, The Athletic:

The NBA's 22-team format at Orlando's Disney World would bring the 16 teams currently in a playoff spot, six additional teams, and include a play-in tournament for the eighth seed, sources said. The play-in tournament would work as follows, according to sources: If the ninth seed is more than four games behind the eighth seed, the eighth seed earns the playoff spot; if the ninth seed is four or fewer games behind, then the eighth and ninth seed will enter a play-in tournament that is double-elimination for the eighth seed and single-elimination for ninth.

I would expect that the Sacramento Kings would be included in this 22-team return considering they were just 3.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies and the 8-seed when the season was suspended.

Wojnarowski followed up Charania's report and revealed that each of the 22 returning teams would play 8 'regular season' games before the playoffs.

At 28-36, the Kings are currently in a 3-way 9-seed tie with the Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans if you're going strictly off record and disregarding normal regular season tiebreakers.

If Sacramento plans on making a legitimate playoff push, they will have 8 games to finish in the 9th-seed or better. It's not the playoffs, yet, but I'm exciting to watch the Kings play 8 games that really mean something. It's been too long.

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RandyBreuersNeckHair
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June 3, 2020 9:01 am

Looking forward to seeing who calls the games.

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June 3, 2020 9:20 am

The refs. Why would that change?

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June 3, 2020 12:22 pm
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He didnt say who fixes games

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June 3, 2020 12:57 pm

For these next eight games, we all know the right answer: Jerry Reynolds

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June 3, 2020 3:52 pm
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Gary Gerould would also be a good answer.

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June 3, 2020 5:24 pm
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Love Gary and Jerry, but having two old white guys calling the games after Grant shat the bed would not look right IMO. Go Gary and Doug

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June 3, 2020 5:48 pm
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I’m not a big fan of Doug, but he’s gonna be the primary color commentator for the foreseeable future.

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June 4, 2020 6:48 pm
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Agree on both points

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June 3, 2020 7:50 pm
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I’d be down with Gary and Doug. Wonder how much longer Gary will go, maybe he could fill the gap for a few years. Let Deuce and Mo do the radio side then promote them if they do well.

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June 4, 2020 12:25 am
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Would hiring a colored person because he/she is colored look better? That screems rasicsm and I can´t see how being rasist helps against rasism.

Just take the best suited. (That would be Walt Frazier)

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June 4, 2020 7:07 am
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I mean technically Doug is already mixed race for that matter. For me right now you hire the most capable person for the job who doesn’t shout Oh Boy! You grab someone who can play well off of Doug’s missteps in color analysis and who will call a good game. I will admit Grant was a great play by play guy, and him an Jerry were a great 1-2 punch, but i think you can find someone adequate.

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June 3, 2020 9:02 am

2020 NBA Champion: Sacramento Kings !

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June 3, 2020 9:04 am

Seriously, I would prefer the 20 teams format, divide into 4 groups, which would put us into something like Tier 4/5, and we play against the upper tier. While our record against the better team is not bad, and we can be the €œdark horse€

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June 3, 2020 9:08 am

I am impressed with the new site and the participants. Kudo’s to keeping it running.
http://www.realclearscience.com/blog/05a-scotty_low.jpg
 
In my head I hear .. I’ve giving it all I got, We need more power. Admin speak .. thumbs up for keeping it running and everybody’s participation .. Welcome back.

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The site was perfect till there was users. 😉
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June 3, 2020 1:39 pm
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The Kings made the Play-ins!!!
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June 3, 2020 9:11 am

The Wizards??? Man, now would be an awesome time to kick off the John Wall comeback tour.

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June 3, 2020 9:15 am

It’ll be interesting to see how they do the schedules if they only bring 1 extra team from the east and 5 from the west.

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June 3, 2020 9:17 am

Will be interesting to see which Kings team we get…beginning of the year OR end of the year Kings? Hopefully the latter!

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June 3, 2020 9:17 am

Probably not a popular opinion, but I oppose any continuation of the season which will give this FO and ownership a false sense of accomplishment and validation, like a play-in tournament which they will spin as a postseason.

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June 3, 2020 9:44 am
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What’s nice about this proposed system is that it eliminates some of that ambiguity. They’ll have 8 games to earn a playoff spot. There’s only even a play-in if they’re the 9th seed is barely behind the 8th. Even then they have to beat the 8 seed to get in. I don’t think anyone will consider the playoff streak broken by making the play-in game in this scenario. They’ll either make the playoffs or they’ll fall short.
 

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June 3, 2020 9:50 am
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I get that, but I expect the FO to try and spin it differently; they are very good at deluding themselves.

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June 3, 2020 5:50 pm
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They can delude themselves. I don’t think they’d delude others.

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June 3, 2020 9:51 am
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I will bet $1 the Kings are the 9th seed, technically making the playoffs, then lose in the play-in game(s). That seems like the most Kangzy outcome.

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June 3, 2020 10:08 am
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You’re on, bucko!
 
You’ve got Venmo?
 
I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO GIVING YOU MY DOLLAR, SUCKER!!!!!!
 

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June 3, 2020 1:53 pm
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whoops just saw this. Just spent that $1 on a scratcher.

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June 3, 2020 7:07 pm
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Is that good for cleaning your cache hole?

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June 3, 2020 7:51 pm
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June 3, 2020 10:11 am
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“earn.” They are 8 games below .500 after 64 games!
 
They haven’t earned shit!
 

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June 3, 2020 10:24 am
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Oh, I’d say that shit they have earned. Derision too.
Not much more than that.

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June 3, 2020 10:26 am
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If anyone needs to clean their cache, it’s the Kings!

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June 3, 2020 11:00 am
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CACHE CONSIDERATIONS!

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June 3, 2020 12:59 pm
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And each of those 8 games will be against top 22 teams. So probably few or no games which kings will be favored to win.

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June 3, 2020 10:09 am
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100% agree.
 
BTW – they can’t even end with a winning season. Win all 8 games and that merely gets them back to .500.
 
This was NOT a successful season. It was yet another Kangz season marred by baffling FO and coaching decisions.

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June 3, 2020 5:50 pm
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The play-in tourney is clearly different from the playoffs. I’d think & hope that any attempt to try that type of spin would fail miserably.

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June 3, 2020 8:31 pm
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I could see the FO spinning it as “we made the post season” regardless of how the team finishes.

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June 3, 2020 10:28 pm
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They could try to spin it that way. I don’t think many people would fall for it.

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June 3, 2020 9:19 am

I’ll be honest, at this point I’m over the NBA and MLB seasons. I’d prefer they just focus their efforts on figuring out how to carry on next season, vs trying to cobble this one back together.

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June 3, 2020 9:21 am

Kings FO that read this site…please share the following with Vivek
 
“PLAY IN GAME(S)” != “PLAYOFFS”

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June 3, 2020 1:52 pm
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The official NBA logo for the Play-ins is in!
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June 3, 2020 2:03 pm
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Vivek, upon getting the message that the Kings are invited to the join the other teams in Orlando:
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Vlade and Walton, hearing Vivek read the line about the Kings’ infamous streak:
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June 3, 2020 2:06 pm
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After arriving in Orlando, the Kings find out what’s really going down:
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 “Wait a second….”comment image
 
 
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“they’re going to kill us.”comment image
 
 
 
 

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June 3, 2020 9:22 am

I didn’t see a timeframe for when this would start, but I hope the team has kept themselves in BB shape, and have at least a few weeks of training to get rid of the rust. I can’t see them suddenly being told to play next week and not being prepared/in shape

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June 3, 2020 9:24 am
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Shams’ article said July 31st is the targeted resumption date.

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June 3, 2020 10:00 am
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I’m hopeful that Richaun Holmes would be healed by now and ready to give us that much needed toughness.
 
Maybe Bagley can help us too? Or is he still recovering?
 
Please no more “injuries” excuses from Coach L and the front office.

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June 3, 2020 10:06 am
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Bagley is the new Caboclo….2 years away from being 2 years away

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June 3, 2020 10:08 am
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“Hey Bagley, how’s the injury going?”
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June 3, 2020 3:36 pm
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In all seriousness, if Bagley is not healthy enough to play by now, he is officially an injury bug bust.

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June 3, 2020 7:06 pm
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What if he was healthy enough to play when you started typing that comment, but injured by the time you stopped? 😉

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June 4, 2020 7:09 am
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Then we all blame Adam. Obviously his take was so hot that Bagley tried to raise the hot hand and injured himself. Now he has to go chill in that the cold world.

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June 4, 2020 7:21 am
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Well, he definitely didn’t raise his right hand.

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June 3, 2020 9:28 am

With the amount of time coach L has had to watch tape I expect nothing less than the 95 Bulls when the season resumes.

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June 3, 2020 9:49 am
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So that’s 36 L’s we have to put before “uke,” right?

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June 3, 2020 9:50 am

8 games? Kings 8 games under .500, hmm. The most Kangz scenario would be Kings go 8-0, finish in 8th, and then losing to the 9th place seed and miss the playoffs. That would still be a lot of fun.

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June 3, 2020 9:51 am

We are inching towards a reality where the Kings break their playoff drought with games no Kings fans can watch in person.

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June 3, 2020 10:07 am
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That is so Kangz

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June 3, 2020 10:11 am
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Even if there were no pandemic, Grant would be watching the games at home like most of us.

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June 3, 2020 10:13 am
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It only took a pandemic, a new format, and peaches getting fired to break the streak.

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June 3, 2020 5:53 pm
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& Vox destroying StR.

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June 3, 2020 9:56 am

YES! SO EXCITED WE MADE THE PLAY-INS!!!!
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Is that Norma Desmond?

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June 3, 2020 11:50 am
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Excerpts from Billy Wilder’s classic film “DAVID J STERN WALK”
 
………………………………………………………………………………………..
 
NBA world: “I didn’t know you were planning a comeback.”
 
Kings: “I hate that word. It’s a return! A return to the millions of fans who have never forgiven me for deserting the postseason.”
 
………………………………………………………………………………………..
 
Adam Silver: “The Kings will participate in the “Play-ins.”
 
Kings: “You heard him. I’m a star.”
 
NBA world: “Kings, you’re a sub-500 team. Now grow up! There’s nothing tragic about being a sub-500 team, not unless you try validating yourselves with the “Play-ins.”
 
Kings: “The greatest star of them all.”
 
………………………………………………………………………………………..
 
NBA world: “Oh wake up, Kings! You’d be killing yourself to an empty house. The audience left twenty years ago. Now face it!”
 
Kings: That’s a lie! They still want me!”
 
………………………………………………………………………………………..
 
Kings: “And I promise you, I’ll never desert you again, because after these Play-ins we’ll make next season’s Play-ins, and the next season’s Play-ins. You see, this is my life! It will always be! Nothing else! Just us and the cameras, and those wonderful fans out there in the dark!
 
Kings: “……..Alright, Mr. Silver. I’M READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP!”
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June 3, 2020 11:57 am
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I realize it’s super old and probably not hip to say so, but Sunset Boulevard is an absolutely PHENOMENAL movie. It really is a must-see.

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June 3, 2020 12:03 pm
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I knew the quotes, but never knew the movie. Had heard of it and it’s prestigious ranking in film history, but only finally watched it last week for the first time.
 
I totally agree. It is phenomenal as you say, Marty.
 
Also, as a David Lynch fan, viewing this film (which had a big influence on Lynch’s career as a filmmaker) gave me some insights/revelations to Mulholland Drive that I never knew before, and have helped me understand and enjoy that film even more.

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It’s a stunner. One of the great hollywood backstories, and it leaves you shaken at the end. One of my favorite quotes of all time….
 
“I am big. It’s the pictures, that got small.”
 
I think I’m going to watch it tonight now.
 
 
 

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Keep your eyes peeled for the scene featuring Grant Napear’s career!
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June 3, 2020 9:57 am

I don’t get it. Using GB based on regular season records + 8 games doesn’t make any sense since you would end up with teams playing different numbers of games. For example, after 8 games, the Blazers will have played 74 games. The Kings will have played 72 games. Which means, the Kings could very well miss out on the playoffs only because they’ve played fewer games.

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June 3, 2020 10:05 am

It’s an interesting conundrum. I will say that GB probably makes more sense than overall record though. For example, the Blazers currently have one more win than the Kings but they also have one more loss, meaning in terms of GB they are still even. I’m assuming if this scenario happened at the end of this resumed season, we’d get a tie breaker as if they had the same record
 

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But if, for example, the Blazers end up with two more wins than the Kings but tied in the loss column, the Kings would be 1 GB.
 
If they’re going to use records/GB continued from the regular season, they clearly need to have the teams play the same number of total games. And I can’t see why they couldn’t/wouldn’t. Or at least as close as possible to the same number. The Kings should play 8 games, while the Blazers play 6. Obviously, I’d have to look and see it it’s all mathematically possible, but there isn’t any reason they can’t get the game total at least within 1 of each other.

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June 3, 2020 3:41 pm

I’m think thinking they just toss the regular season records and games played out the window and only list the teams below the 8th seed in terms of how many games back they are.

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June 3, 2020 10:12 am

Another excuse the Kings FO can use!

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June 3, 2020 10:14 am

Well, the NBA receives the full value of the TV contracts if you play those extra 8 games, so …

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June 3, 2020 10:19 am
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If 22 teams play 8 more regular season games?

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June 3, 2020 10:22 am

That’s my understanding. There is some threshold number of games the NBA is trying to reach.
 
This “earn” a chance play in crap is just a concession to get bad teams to play some more games in order for everyone to make some money.
 
Players were rightfully reluctant to play in games that had no impact on the post season and this was the result.

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June 3, 2020 10:34 am
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I questioned what the level of effort will be for these play ins and possibly the playoffs will be if most are just playing to get a paycheck.
 
Throw in all the uncertainty surrounding the 2020/21 season and the impact an injury could have on a player that will be entering free agency.
 
 

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June 3, 2020 5:57 pm
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BB8 will probably view this as a great chance to earn as much $ as possible as a FA. I’d expect him to give at least a normal amount of effort.

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June 3, 2020 10:08 am

Will this be a top 16 regardless of conference?

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June 3, 2020 10:15 am

OT: is anyone else having issues opening the “Grant Napear fired by KHTK” story?
 
I click on it and it spins this article and other ones open without issue.
 
Again…I havent cleansed the cache in a while
 

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June 3, 2020 10:17 am
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It could be just because there are so many comments the article has to load. I noticed it takes more time than usual to load it when I click on it.

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June 3, 2020 10:29 am
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Wait, never mind, I can’t seem to load it at all.
 
Grant is causing our servers to crash again!

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June 3, 2020 10:33 am
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Like Grant, our servers are not working!

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June 3, 2020 6:04 pm
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I think some of the changes have been added to the big number of responses. Adding smaller result sets and putting a pager, to divide between new page refreshes.

Also, it looks like some of the letters used in editing behave differently with different versions of browsers. The “H” problem. It appears there is a longer start of the first page reviewing, getting your browser information and working around some browser version problems.

Those are just observations. If there is a errata page, each version update could talk about what problems are being fixed? Perhaps on a about page?

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June 3, 2020 7:59 pm
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June 3, 2020 9:17 pm
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I speak Jive 🙂

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June 3, 2020 10:26 am
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Yes, I can’t get it to open either.
 
Also, can someone please remind me how to wipe my cache? I can’t get to where new comments are yellow, so I’m having to read hundreds of comments all over again.
 
 

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June 3, 2020 10:28 am
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If you are using Chrome, click on “History,” then “Clear browsing data” and then checkmark “Cached images and files.”

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June 3, 2020 10:36 am
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Thanks–I have tried that a few times but still can’t see yellow comments. 🙁

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June 3, 2020 10:38 am
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same here

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June 3, 2020 11:58 am
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Same.

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June 3, 2020 10:30 am
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June 3, 2020 11:09 am
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I WILL MAKE A FOLDER TITLED RikSmits AND DRAG IT TO THE TRASH!!!!!!!!
 
😛

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June 3, 2020 8:00 pm
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I live on the edge, I go side to side.

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