The NBA Midseason Championship has “a lot of momentum” ahead of the upcoming TV deal; How is the All-Star vote formed?


NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum described potential midseason championship commissioner Adam Silver’s “legacy”. (Tasos Katopodis / Getty Images for Prosper Africa)

It sounds like a broken record, but it feels even more real today: A mid-season championship seems more likely than ever.


“We’re making progress,” NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum told Yahoo Sports last week. All of these discussions are positive. There are a lot of stakeholders, logistics to take care of, but I feel like we’re taking all the right steps, all the right feedback.”

Tatum added, perhaps poignantly, that there is “a lot of momentum” toward adding a mid-season championship β€” which will likely happen before Christmas, the current unofficial start to the NBA season.

Logistical Tatum indicates – shortening the season from 82 games, and the agreement on it with the players’ union – is not decided. But it has been a frequent enough topic about the calls general managers have with the league office.

“There are a few old schoolers who might fight against it, but it looks like it will be in place by the next TV deal,” said a general manager of Yahoo Sports.

Getting to some level of the Intermediate Championship is a carrot the league will hold in its current TV negotiations. The current deal expires after the 2023-24 season, with traditional rights holders and broadcast networks all expected to bid to move coverage to the next wave.

Like most recent seasons, NBA players have missed parts of games due to injury and injury management. It’s become more of a focus in recent years, and adding a mid-season tournament to it seems a bit counterintuitive for the goals of making the regular season as eventful and having the top players on the ground as possible.

Tatum doesn’t believe his ideals conflict.

“One of the reasons we want to create the championship in the season is for the fans and the players, thus creating more opportunities for the players to compete in the middle of the season to win something,” he said. β€œIn addition to the Larry O’Brien Trophy, our players want to compete, they want to win. I mean, they grew up competing, and they grew up playing, you know, for the love of the game and to be the best at the highest level.”

Tatum believes the NCAA tournament format will appeal to fans and that the potential financial incentive will appeal to players. As far as upper-tier salaries, about a third of their players earn more than $10 million, according to an ESPN database.

“I hope, and I’m optimistic, that by creating the right competition by creating the right incentives that our players will be in, they want to be out there and they want to compete,” said Tatum.

So if there is, say, a $1 million bonus for every player on the line, that means a lot more than the average fan would think.

Adam [Silver] “He had a great relationship with the players, and this could be his legacy in a different way than David Stern,” said a general manager of Yahoo Sports. “Taking advantage of that relationship with the players in this tournament, especially knowing that the PA has to be responsible for more than just the stars, but the average player, too, will get ahead of those things.”

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is leading every fan vote for the 2023 NBA All-Star Game next month.  (AP/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is leading every fan vote for the 2023 NBA All-Star Game next month.  (AP/Jae C. Hong)

Goodwill’s NBA All-Star Game starters

The All-Star ballot is scheduled for midnight on Saturday, with the media making up 25% of the equation. The fans have the biggest share, of course, with 50%, and the players’ votes account for the remaining 25%.

This is the poll for this media member:

Eastern anterior region: Giannis Antitekounmo, Milwaukee; Jason TatumBoston; Kevin DurantBrooklyn

Someone had to be dropped and it would be a really great person to be the second-best player in the position twice Joel Embiid. And it’s not about his performance (because 76ers quietly rise) from what is available. Durant is now out with a knee injury, but he was a work horse until that, and he carries networks From the cliff to the eastern penthouse doorstep, playing his most complete basketball since his first two years at the NYC Golden State. Antetokounmpo is still the most irresistible force in the game, even like dollars Struggle a little without Chris Middleton. And Tatum is a lock. He finds ways to grind the good games out of the bad nights in ways he hasn’t yet, as evidenced by Celtics Leading the East and their comeback win over the champion Warriors Thursday night.

Eastern backyard: Donovan MitchellCleveland Jaylen BrownBoston

Kyrie Irving He deserves a lot of attention, especially after the way he plays in the second leg Exile imposed on him by his team earlier in the season. He’s averaged about 25-5-5 since November 20, a minor key to the Networks resurgence behind Durant’s greatness. But the nods go to Mitchell and Brown. Mitchell gave Cavs Veteran stability and make them a legitimate threat to be more than a spring break party. He’s more of a scorer, but he plays as efficiently as anyone in his position, with a 48-40-87 split while averaging 28.4 points a night – buoyed by that. Masterpiece of 71 points against Chicago on January 2nd. Brown has nicely entered the role of a dangerous two-way finisher behind Tatum, and is no longer fighting for the top spot. The Celtics are the best in the league because of Tatum, sure, but the Browns’ 27 points and seven rebounds aren’t too far behind.

Western frontal area: LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers; Nikola JokicDenver Laurie MarkkanenUtah

Do we really need an explanation? It might have been more difficult if Zion Williamson He played over 26 games, or if Anthony Davis didn’t sprain his ankle terribly in the air, but it’s pretty simple. James is performing statistically at his usual levels, chasing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time scoring mark. The Lakers aren’t going anywhere, but that’s just so much playing here. Jokic is the MVP twice finally performance over the competitor, aiming for Larry Bird and Wilt Chamberlain territory for three consecutive touchdowns. He might be averaging three-pointers for the season (9.9 assists) and that would actually mean something! Markkanen is the surprise hit, shying away from early disappointment from Chicago, finding herself in Cleveland and now turning into a real menace in Salt Lake City. He’s a 50-40-90 grounds away and does labels to anyone waiting for him at the edge. Just a lock for MVP, right?

West backyard: Luka DoncicDallas; I’m MorantMemphis

Stephen Curry He is the ruling monarch, and respect must be paid. Even with the Warriors’ track record, he performs as the man who carries a team to the playoffs, kicking and screaming. He played fewer games than Morant, who led Memphis within sight of the best record in the West. Who should count on something. Little by little, Morant learns the delicate balance of using his power in the game and being a willing facilitator: pushing the pace or managing the offense. It is a sight to behold. Doncic has more responsibility than anyone else in the league. And he delivers. It’s impossible to keep using this, but he’s in great shape and averages (approximately) 34-9-9. It should be noted that this seems like the age of high-end stats, but this production is still very impressive. It’s gotta be watching TV every night, and if you blink with a fake pump or blink by switching to another channel on NBA League Pass, you’ll miss out on something special β€” or end up on your next mixtape. Leaving Carrie away doesn’t feel good, and minds can change in the next 36 hours.

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