Channeling a bit of Gregg Popovich’s pretend surliness, assistant coach Becky Hammon shifted side to side Sunday in grey high heels, ready to slip away after the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Denver Nuggets 122-100.
“You’d never see me out here talking to you guys,” Hammon joked.
But this time, she had no choice, as Hammon took over for Popovich as coach of the Spurs against the Nuggets and handled the coaching duties in the postgame news conference.
“Let me add to that I said the other day [to USA Today] that there’s no magic in an 82-game season,” Silver said. “It’s not a change you’re going to see in the short term, but I think when we step back and look holistically at our schedule and how playoffs are seeded we should look at the entire format. Counter-balancing seeding playoff teams 1-16 is also the desire to create more rest for our players and when possible reduce the amount of travel.
“In adding the extra week to the regular season this year, we will be able to eliminate completely four games in five nights. I think it’s the first time in the history of the league we were able to do that. Plus we have back to backs at an all-time low. If we took the existing format, the existing schedule and then we seeded playoffs 1-16, we’d be adding additional travel; you would have teams criss-crossing the country in the first round.”
Warriors guard Stephen Curry echoed the feelings of many players earlier in the week when he said he’d enjoy playing in a postseason that included the 16 best teams in the league, regardless of their conference.