This has already been an NBA season unlike any in history. It has been such a weird year that when professional basketball players come back to work, they might feel as if they’re playing another sport altogether.

In one way, they may be. As the league figures out how to restart the season in a pandemic, the hottest idea for the playoffs is a radical proposal that would make the NBA a lot more like the Champions League and the World Cup. It would also make a surprising amount of sense.

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