Silver explained how it went down:

“(Jordan’s) clearly the most respected voice in the room when it comes to basketball. He felt that it was very important that after we established the 16 teams we not be gimmicky. Because there were a lot of proposals on the table to do unique tournaments and pool play like you see in international competitions – and we took many of those proposals very seriously. But I think ultimately, and I agreed with Michael, that there’s so much chaos in the world right now – I mean, even before the racial unrest that we’re experiencing now – that let’s come as close to normal as we can and as close to normal as we can is the top eight in the West and the eight in the East playing four rounds of seven games so that’s what we intend to do and our goal is to crown a champion.”

Reason number one million why Michael Jordan is the GOAT. 

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