For the past few years, NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been working towards implementing an in-season tournament that would award teams and players financially for winning. After years of planning, a framework for the proposed tournament is taking shape.
Mark Cuban is not a fan of the NBA's in-season tournament
The framework for the proposed in-season tournament, which the NBA wouldn't implement until the 2023-24 season at the earliest, would see teams play "cup games" throughout November before the top eight teams advance to a final elimination round in December. This wouldn't result in any additional games being played in the 82-game NBA season, aside from the two teams who make it to the tournament's final match.
Many folks have been confused by the NBA's decision to try to implement this tournament, including Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Cuban recently stated that he isn't a fan of the NBA's in-season tournament idea and said he would consider either not participating in the tournament or resting his best players so that his team could focus solely on winning the NBA Finals. It was certainly a blunt take from Cuban as the discussions for the tournament continue to progress forward.
Will other team owners take a similar stance as Mark Cuban has here?
Cuban's stance is somewhat similar to the stance that many NBA fans have had since Silver's initial revelation of these plans. Why implement this? Most players in the NBA already make a decent amount of money and are wired to focus solely on winning a championship. What would be the purpose of throwing in this distraction early in the season?
Cuban doesn't hold any punches back here and has already sounded uninterested in the tournament before it has even fully been revealed. The big question now is will other owners share similar sentiments as Cuban, and if they do, what will the NBA do to change their minds? Would they force players to participate if owners continue to openly say they don't plan on taking the tournament seriously?
While the NBA was proud to release the initial framework of this in-season tournament, it doesn't seem like Cuban, and potentially others, are excited about its prospects. There are certainly some things that still have to be worked out with this tournament, and while the framework is in place, it still looks like it has aways to go before it becomes a part of the NBA season.