The NBA has expressed fairly a little bit of curiosity in replicating components of worldwide soccer as a enterprise mannequin. The inspiration for a mid-season match, anticipated to come back within the subsequent few years, comes from the world of soccer as groups compete for a number of completely different trophies over the course of a yr. In that vein, the NBA has launched quite a lot of new trophies not too long ago, together with Jap and Western Convention Finals MVP awards named for Larry Fowl and Magic Johnson, respectively.

Effectively, now, the league is introducing yet one more 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 one of the best 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 likely to focus totally on the championship awarded on the finish of the season. Gamers method accidents cautiously. Groups tank for higher draft positions within the hopes that it's going to get them into the title combine sooner or later. It creates an thrilling postseason, however a daily season that's typically devoid of stakes.

That is simply the newest step the league has taken in direction of making an attempt to treatment that. In most worldwide soccer leagues, there aren't even playoffs. Championships are primarily based on the end-of-the-season standings. The NBA will not go that far, however it's making an attempt to reward groups for regular-season excellence to create a extra balanced season.