Addressing the NBA's weak Eastern Conference on Sirius XM Radio's new NBA channel, deputy commissioner Adam Silver said Monday the league's competition committee will examine if divisions have outlived their usefulness.

"One thing I have learned from David (Stern) over all those years ... is every day we should wake up and take a fresh look at everything we do. Divisions fall into that category," said Silver, who will take over for Stern as NBA commissioner in February. "Historically, based on geography in terms of ways to schedule and convenience of travel, the goal was to enhance rivalries and I'm not sure if that's still what's happening.

"That's something I'm sure I'm sure the competition committee, when they next meet, will be taking a fresh look at."

USA TODAY Sports last week took a look at the troubles of the Eastern Conference — at the time, only two of 15 teams had a winning record and the Western Conference dominated head-to-head games against the East — and a person familiar with situation said the competition committee had not yet discussed the value of divisions in today's NBA.

Right now, the Boston Celtics are in first place in the Atlantic Division with a 10-12 record, and the winner of the division is guaranteed at least the No. 4 seed even if multiple teams from other Eastern divisions have better records.

The East's struggles have prompted a closer examination of the way playoff seeds are determined, starting with the idea that divisions should be eliminated and records should determine playoff seeds within each conference.

That sentiment was echoed by Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni in a separate interview on Sirius XM. "I don't check the divisions," he said. "Who cares? ... It really doesn't matter. I just check conferences."

Stern, who also was in the interview conducted by Ian Eagle and Stern Kerr, isn't as bothered as some by divisions.