Five for Friday

May, 11, 2012
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Mason By Beckley Mason
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Welcome to Five for Friday, where every week we post some of the best HoopIdeas we get from readers through comments, e-mail and Twitter. In honor the recently departed regular season, some ideas that call for its restructuring.

I particularly like the seed planted by this first HoopIdea: What if we broke up the season into multiple parts, each ending in a single-elimination tournament, then used the results of those seasons for a traditional NBA playoffs to crown an overall champion?

THREE TOURNAMENT SEASONS AND THEN THE PLAYOFFS

Divide the regular season into three tournaments: Fall, Winter and Spring. Each tournament consists of two phases, home and away games to determine seeding, then a single elimination tournament ending in a final four. The results of the tournament give each team a certain number of points. After all three tournaments, the team with the most points gets the No. 1 seed for the end of season playoffs, and so on. After each tournament all standings are reset and trade period is in effect. We get three final fours and three trade period per season AND playoffs! -- Louis from Switzerland

CHANGE KICK BALL RULES

A kick ball should be treated the same way as handball for soccer. Dead ball foul free set shot from spot of violation. #HoopIdea -- Steven Lepre (@NashtySteve) via Twitter

TECHNICAL FOULS ACCUMULATE MORE QUICKLY

Technical fouls should be like yellow cards in soccer. You get one in two consecutive games you miss the 3rd game. -- WM Kootenay (@k00tenay) via Twitter

END BACK-TO-BACK TIMEOUTS

A pet peeve of mine is when teams call a time out because they can't get the ball in bounds. I don't mind that they can burn a time out to save the possession, but it makes everyone sit through another timeout. Instead, make it so that if a team calls timeout after the player's been handed the ball to inbound, they simply hand the ball to the ref and the ref hands it back to reset the 5-second timer. Let 'em improvise a little. -- Nathan Sitaraman

DO AWAY WITH DIVISIONS

The NBA should just be one league and each team should play everyone twice. That would be 58 games. Then you match up the best teams in the playoffs, regardless of location. With everyone having chartered planes the travel isn’t bad anymore. Back when the East was so terrible the Finals would have been the Lakers and Kings or Spurs and Lakers a couple of years and the ratings would have been much better. -- Rick P. Macke

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Beckley Mason is an NBA contributor for ESPN.com.

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