Tuesday , May , 16 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

David Stern: Seeding System Will Change

Having recognised the error that led to the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks meeting in the second round, the league has decided to make a few adjustments to the seeding system that the rest of us knew would be a disaster the second it was announced. Yesterday, big boss man David Stern (D-Steezy to his boys) revealed the nature of the alterations which will take effect next season.

Under the new proposal, the top four seeds would be slotted by record among the three division winners and the team with the next-best record. Had that been in place this season, the Spurs still would have been No. 1, but the Mavericks would have been No. 2. And they couldn’t have met until the conference finals.

It’s still not as sensible as, say, the seeding method in place the year before last, but Stern has explained why things won’t return to how they were in the past.

“I think if you’re going to have a division structure, then give some credibility to that fact.”

Whatever you say, Dave. The changes may be a step in the right direction, but it still won’t do enough to counter the sort of foolishness that made it favourable for the Clippers to drop a few games at the end of the season. What’s more, it’ll still allow for the possibility of a lower seed having home-court advantage, an idea which is as clumsy as it looks.

He may not have solved the seeding issue, but Stern did at least drop one of the quotes of the day when asked about the upcoming ban on the tights certain players have taken to wearing this season.

David Stern: Seeding System Will Change

"I think it’s good that they look goofy."

That’s my commissioner.