NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is understood to be averse to a shortened playoffs if the league resumes play this season as he wants to legitimize the NBA title as much as he can.
With voices such as Shaquille O’Neal’s claiming whoever wins the championship this year wouldn’t be viewed as a real champion due to the circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Silver wants to keep things as competitive as possible and isn’t looking to have the playoffs truncated in any way.
That is according to NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, who said the following on ESPN’s Get Up this week.
“Adam Silver wants to have seven-game series in the playoffs. He doesn’t want to have shortened series early on. He wants to try to legitimize the champion as much as he can.”
Meanwhile, teams expect the NBA to allow them to recall players around June 1, with the league said to be discussing a 1-2 week recall period, as well as a schedule for individual workouts and training camps.