The NBA is planning to tip off July 31st with 22 teams involved.  

All 22 will finish out their respective regular season slates with eight games each, followed by potential play-in series for each conference’s eighth seed, followed by a traditional 16-team playoff.

That plan came after months of deliberation between commissioner Adam Silver and a bunch of other higher ups.

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But Silver said in an appearance on Inside the NBA on TNT Thursday night that Michael Jordan, owner of the Charlotte Hornets, was one of the swing voices that pushed the league to pursue a traditional postseason format after the 16 playoff teams were established. Jordan’s voice evidently carries a lot of weight in such discussions.

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