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Ex-Warriors coach Mark Jackson not in favor of single-elimination tournament idea for NBA

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Former Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson isn’t in favor of a single-elimination tournament to decide a champion if the 2019-20 NBA season resumes.

Jackson says an NCAA-style tournament in the NBA just wouldn’t be right.

“I’m not with that at all. Not a single-elimination tournament,” the current ESPN NBA analyst told Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News. “Because this is a league of great, great talent. And the worst team can beat the best team one night. So that doesn’t make you the champion.

“I don’t think that would be fair at all. And as a fan of the game, I just wouldn’t co-sign them at all. I think the best thing to do is if we can get them in one location that sounds great where we can minimize the danger or the concerns and crown a champion at the end.”

NBA owners are hopeful of resuming the season in the summer if the coronavirus dies down and the CDC approves games to be played again.

Prior to play getting suspended, the Milwaukee Bucks had the best record in the league. The Warriors, meanwhile, had the worst record in the league. Jackson’s old team was humbled this season by injuries following five trips to the Finals and three rings.

Mark Jackson, who hasn’t gotten a job in the NBA since getting fired by the Warriors after the 2013-14 season, is expected to be linked with the New York Knicks’ head coaching vacancy moving forward.