Cavaliers star LeBron James hasn't missed the playoffs since his second season in the NBA. He hasn't fallen short of the NBA Finals since 2010. He understands what is necessary to make the playoffs and then what is needed to advance in them. He's also never lost in the first round. For someone that's had as much playoff success as LeBron, it's no surprise he doesn't want to make it easier for inferior teams to get into the postseason. The NBA has reportedly explored the idea of a play-in tournament to decide the last couple seeds in the playoffs. James isn't a fan of that idea. via ESPN "No, no, no," James said Wednesday. "That's wack. That's wack. Why? You got to earn your spot to be in the postseason. No consolation for finishing last. That's corny. That's corny. That's wack. To play for what? What are they playing for?" James is definitely a purist when it comes to the playoffs. He wants the eight best teams from each conference and doesn't want to make it any more difficult than that.
LeBron James calls play-in tourney idea 'corny'
CBS Sports | Mar 21