This article has a serious point. The NBA needs to scrap the East/West thing and
simply take the Top 16 records in the league regardless of conference. Travel is
NOT A PROBLEM!!!! This is the 21st Century for crying out loud! We do have
airplanes! All you would have to do is adopt the 2-3-2 format for every Playoff
Series. This would mean AT max one round-trip across the country. You play two
games on the West/East Coast, then fly to the East/West Coast, where you play
three games. You then fly back to the West/East Coast for two games. That is NOT
a lot of travel. Teams travel farther and more often during the regular season
than that. It is absolutely ridiculous that the Milwaukee Bucks are going to the
playoffs with a 37-44 record currently when there are TWO teams in the West that
WON'T be going with better records (the Jazz if they lose or if the Lakers
win AND Dallas). It's not like they travel by train or something. Sometimes
teams play one game in Dallas one night and another in Minnesota the next night.
What a mediocre title! they (Utah Jazz) should have played better before than
making the playoff show at the last minute!I'm a fan of this team but
not being a mediocre team!
What else is new? Most years the Jazz barely miss the playoffs or get in as a 7
or 8 seed, yet in the East they would normally have homecourt advantage. The
power shift hasn't happened for over a decade. The Heat may be the best
team but the road to the finals is less draining in the East most years. Often
the Western powers beat up on each other until they (OKC last year) have little
left in the finals.When we say the Jazz, with their record, would be
in this position in the East, we forget that the Jazz schedule would be even
easier in the East, playing more teams with worse records. Thus common sense,
minus relative match up issues night to night suggests that the Jazz record
would also be better, moving then up the Eastern standings all the more.But in the end, it doesn't mean that much as the Jazz aren't
good enough to challenge for a title. Although the Millers would disagree
because of the increased ticket sales that would come with more wins and higher
Also, as the Association has added teams, they have diluted the standings within
each conference. I remember when the Jazz first came here, they'd play
each team in the east twice (home and home) and then play teams in the west 5
(and it seems like some times 6 times). Now they still play teams in the east
twice, but only play some of the western teams 3 times (e.g. the Lakers this
year). Since the number of games has become so diluted against teams in the
west, seems like they sould have no divisions or conferences and just have one
set of standings with the top 16 making the playoffs. Of course
having over half the teams make the playoffs really devalues the playoffs. But
since that is where they've gone, why not add 2 teams, break into 4
meaningless divisions in each conference, and just put everyone in the playoffs?
The author assumes that if the Jazz played in the Eastern Conference that they
would have won the same number of games while playing more games against Eastern
teams than Western teams. While the results indicate this is likely,
there's no way to know if the Jazz would actually have a good enough record
to be in the playoffs as a member of the Eastern Conference.
If the jazz played in the NBA development league they might have made the
finals. The reality is the Jazz play in the West and have to beat the teams in
the West. Regional rivalries are good for the sport. It might be interesting to
put more weight in the divisions - top 2 teams and then have 4 Wild Cards -
teams with the best winning percentage regardless of location.
They Jazz would also be in the playoffs if they played better. Have you looked
at their road record?
This article is not signed! No one wants to own up to it. It makes no sense.
Excuse me Jody, it still makes no sense. The NFL is what it is.
The only problem is, they are not in the East.
I see the Propagand Media Ministry is in full force to protect the status quo.
Coulda, woulda, shoulda is not reality in this situation.
I love headlines like this. It reminds me of one of the all-time best press
conference moments I've ever seen. A World Cup ski race was won by Daron
Rahlves of the U.S., second was an Austrian named Fritz Strobl, third was the
famous Austrian skier Hermann Maier. At the conference, Strobl said "if the
course had been 100 meters longer, I would have beat Rahlves...." at which
point Hermann Maier interrupted him and said "but it wasn't,
Fritz....and you didn't."That's all I can say to the
Deseret News at this point: It wasn't...and they (the Jazz) didn't.