After 29 years of the same format for the NBA Finals, the Competition Competition voted unanimously to change the format from 2-3-2 to 2-2-1-1-1.
Red Auerbach and the NBA’s commissioner, David Stern, decided to changed the format in 1985 due to the extreme traveling during the Finals in the 1980′s. Basically the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers owned the Finals competitions. It made the travel for the media and the teams much easier. It allowed the teams to stay in a city for up to 5 nights, instead of trying to hop on a plane and return home every night.
The NBA sounded very excited about the format change. League spokesperson Tim Frank said, “The idea was raised at the competition committee and was well-received and the committee ultimately unanimously voted to recommend the change in format.”
“The idea was raised at the competition committee and was well-received and the committee ultimately unanimously voted to recommend the change in format,” Tim Frank said Sunday.
This could be implemented as early as the 2014 NBA Finals. All of this is waiting on approval on the owners’ approval, which they’ll meet at the end of October. It’s expected to be unanimous as well.
The Oklahoma City Thunder lost to the Miami Heat in the 2012 NBA Finals. Oklahoma City lost Game 2 and faced the chance of not returning home. They would fall to the Heat in five games after the Heat won all their home games.
With the series going to the 2-2-1-1-1 format, it could make it better for television, and other business. This gives a chance of going to seven games more often. Other backers of the 2-2-1-1-1 format, believes the 2-3-2 format makes the Finals a bit boring. The Miami Heat won Games 6 and 7, making it only the fourth time in the history of the format that it happened.