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Heat Looking to Add Carmelo Anthony: Does a Playoff Change Need to be Made?

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports


Sources say the Heat are trying to pursue the possibility of a Big Four by adding Carmelo Anthony. Here's the link. It's getting ridiculous isn't it? Yet, I'm totally okay with it. If they decide to take pay cuts to make it happen then I can't be upset with them, and that's the only way it could happen. The NBA shouldn't do anything to stop nor prevent it. However, a change still needs to be made. That change being the playoff format. Yes, this idea is nothing new and has been proposed before. However, the possibility of the Heat adding Carmelo Anthony to their core gives more motive to make this change.

It would be upsetting if a team consisting of Lebron, Melo, Wade and Bosh only manage to win 50-59 games in a weak Eastern Conference. The only way that could happen is if they coast and that is not only unfair, but bad for the league. In fact, that's what the Heat did this season. The injury excuse doesn't work. The Bulls lost Scottie Pippen for half the season in 97-98 and still finished with the best record in the league because Michael Jordan didn't coast. Yeah, the Spurs will rest their stars from time to time, but they also made sure to finish with the best record in the league.

Now this isn't just about integrity here. It is no fair to the Western Conference that a team as loaded as the Heat can coast throughout the entire regular season and two rounds of the playoffs while the West has to scrap and claw their way to every victory because that's just what it takes.

The way to fix this is to change the playoff format by making it a sweet sixteen by order of record. That doesn't mean getting rid of conferences, but just ignoring them come playoffs. This way if the Heat want the #1 seed, then they'll have to win more than the Spurs and Thunder to earn it. This system also rewards the western teams too as they don't have to fight championship contenders in the first round while the Heat face a borderline playoff team. Yeah, the first round will probably get more boring if it's done this way, but that will also make upsets more impressive when they do happen. It's just better this way because everybody has the same path to the Finals as far as the level of competition goes.

Also, in due time it may even help balance out the conferences as teams like the 9th seeded, 48-34 Suns will no longer finish with a better draft pick than teams like the 8th seeded, 38-44 Hawks.

This is a necessary change that should happen and make for a better and more rewarding NBA experience for both teams and fans.

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