LeBron James wants the creator of the NBA play-in tournament to be fired. Following Sunday’s 121-114 loss to the Toronto Raptors, James went to Twitter to share his thoughts.
“Whoever came up with that shit needs to be fired,” the basketball star tweeted. “Whatever.”
The Los Angeles Lakers ball player used to be in favor of the NBA having a play-in tournament. Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, who voted for the play-in tournament, says he made an enormous mistake.
“I get why the NBA is doing it. But if we are going to be creative because of COVID, we should go straight up 1-20 and let the bottom four play in. This is the year particularly to do it since the 10 games cut [from the normal 82-game schedule] were in conference,” Cuban told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
“The worst part of this approach is that it doubles the stress of the compressed schedule. Rather than playing for a playoff spot and being able to rest players as the standings become clearer, teams have to approach every game as a playoff game to either get into or stay in the top six since the consequences, as Luka said, are enormous. So players are playing more games and more minutes in fewer days.”
With fewer than ten games left, twenty-five of the league’s teams are eligible for postseason contention.
James recently returned to the court after suffering from an ankle injury.