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Time to shuffle the playoff deck, Mr. Stern

A failure of geography shouldn't keep the best 16 teams from making the NBA playoffs.
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Updated: March 5, 2008, 1:18 PM ET
By Tim Keown | Page 2

If you turned the NBA playoffs into a true showcase of the league's best teams, and if you based it on today's standings, you'd put together a 16-team tournament with 10 teams from the West and six from the East.

And it would be more fun than the tournament we're going to get.

Radical realignment in the NBA -- or radical unalignment -- is not going to happen anytime soon, but it seems like an idea worth pursuing. The league is on such an upswing, and the product is so far superior ...

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