The NBA has expressed fairly just a bit little little bit of curiosity in replicating components of worldwide soccer as a enterprise mannequin. The inspiration for a mid-season match, anticipated to return once more all through the following few years, comes from the world of soccer as groups compete for numerous totally utterly completely different trophies over the course of a yr. In that vein, the NBA has launched quite a few new trophies not too approach again, together with Jap and Western Convention Finals MVP awards named for Larry Fowl and Magic Johnson, respectively.

Effectively, now, the league is introducing however one other trophy. On Tuesday, it unveiled the Maurice Podoloff trophy, named for the NBA's first commissioner. It would go to the staff every season that has the simplest regular-season report. Final season, that may have been the Phoenix Suns. The NBA describes the trophy by saying that it "incorporates a crystal ball reduce into 82 panels, sitting on a pedestal that mixes the constructions of the Jap Convention posts and Western convention rings."


NBA teams are susceptible to focus utterly on the championship awarded on the tip of the season. Gamers methodology accidents cautiously. Groups tank for higher draft positions all through the hopes that it'll get them into the title combine finally. It creates an thrilling postseason, nonetheless a every day season that's normally devoid of stakes.

That is solely the newest step the league has taken in course of making an attempt to treatment that. In most worldwide soccer leagues, there aren't even playoffs. Championships are based mostly completely on the end-of-the-season standings. The NBA is just not going to go that far, nonetheless it's making an attempt to reward groups for regular-season excellence to create a further balanced season.