The NBA keeps messing with the season, and not everyone is thrilled.
For instance, the idea of an in-season tournament has some team owners, coaches, players and others who care about baskeball asking one question — why?
It appears you can count Mavericks owner Mark Cuban among that group, as relayed by freelance writer Landon Buford.
“In terms of in season tournament, I’m not a fan,” Cuban said. “I can see the Mavs not participating at all or resting our best players. Until they give me one of those [The Larry O’Brien Trophy] the prize is the prize.”
Shams Charania of The Athletic first reported that the league is moving closer to implementing an in-season tournament, which would apparently be conducted early in the regular season.
Mark Cuban on NBA In Season Tournament:
"In terms of in season tournament, I'm not a fan. I can see the Mavs not participating at all or resting our best players. Until they give me one of those [The Larry O'Brien Trophy] the prize is the prize."#MFFL #NBATwitter #Dallasin pic.twitter.com/lYYEc9OPzV
— Landon Buford (@LandonBuford) September 9, 2022
Per Charania, the league would conduct “Cup” games through November, with eight teams advancing to a single-elimination final a month later. All games would count toward the normal regular-season calendar of 82, Charania noted.
Cuban’s comments about holding out his best players could be universal — though he and others may feel differently if the games do in fact count in the actual standings.
NBA In-Season tournament:
— Sam Amico (@AmicoHoops) September 10, 2022