Here are some of the replacement advantages that are being discussed:
- The higher-seeded team being awarded the first possession of the second, third and fourth quarters, following the traditional jump ball to begin the game.
- The higher-seeded team being allowed to designate one player to be able to be whistled for seven fouls instead of six before fouling out.
- The higher-seeded team receiving an extra coach’s challenge.
- The higher-seeded teams being able to transport their actual hardwood home court from their arenas to Orlando to try to preserve the feel of their home playing experience.
- An off-court feature in which playoff teams, in order of seeding 1-16, receive first choice on picking which hotel they will stay at in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and Disney World Resort. ESPN is owned by the Walt Disney Co.
One anonymous Eastern conference executive expressed his concerns:
“I do think the NBA cares about it. I do not think it’s a top priority for them.”
The NBA has a competition committee that is directly dealing with this issue. The committee is comprised of NBA owners, GM’s, coaches, and players as well. The committee has the responsibility of analyzing and discussing the worthiness of any rule changes to the game.