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04-11-2006, 07:49 PM
(If we do make the playoffs, of course.)


Teams permitted to carry 13 players for playoffs

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ESPN Insider
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<!-- begin text11 div --><!-- begin leftcol --><!-- template inline --> The long-awaited pronouncement from NBA headquarters regarding playoff rosters finally came down Tuesday, and owners unanimously decided that teams will have one extra body to work with in the playoffs.

Teams will be permitted to carry 13 players on their playoff rosters, designating one player as inactive an hour before tipoff -- the regular-season roster limit is 15, with three inactive players.

Some teams argued in favor of 14- and even 15-man rosters, but the Board of Governors rubber-stamped what was recommended by the league office: 13.

"Everybody always has a different view on different issues, and this was no different," NBA vice president Stu Jackson said. "This was an issue where we looked at all the factors and a 13-man roster was in the best interest of everyone."

The issue had been festering all season after the league and the union agreed during collective bargaining talks last summer to do away with the old injured list in favor of an inactive list that can change from game to game. No rules were put in place regarding the postseason, and the issue was the subject of steady debate behind closed doors.

The league's competition committee discussed the matter at the All-Star Game in mid-February.

"We told the committee we'd kick it around and then put it to a vote," Jackson said. "At the GM level, people wanted to know what the rule will be.

"Because we had provided teams with roster flexibility during the regular season, it made sense to give some of that same flexibility during the playoffs. Thirteen was the number that made logical sense, but we might look at it again in the future as we move forward."

It remains to be seen exactly how the 13-man rule will impact different teams. In the Eastern Conference, it will allow the Detroit Pistons (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/clubhouse?team=det) the flexibility to carry perhaps both an extra point guard, rookie Alex Acker (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3986), and an extra big man, Kelvin Cato (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3185), who was acquired from Orlando in February but did not appear for Detroit until logging five minutes against Indiana on Sunday in the Pistons' 25-point victory.

In the West, Phoenix will be able to put Kurt Thomas (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3012) on its postseason roster even though there's little chance of his recovering from a stress fracture in his foot until the conference finals, and San Antonio could keep Sean Marks (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3287) as an emergency replacement in case Tim Duncan (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3173) or any of San Antonio's other big men are injured.

"Thirteen is fine. It's better [than 12]," said Clippers vice president Elgin Baylor, whose franchise will be making its first postseason appearance since 1997 and will be seeking its first win in a playoff game since 1993.

Among all the playoff-bound teams and the teams fighting for postseason spots, only the Nets and 76ers are currently carrying only 13 players on their rosters. Indiana, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Antonio and Washington have 14 (uh, no we don't. Stupid ESPN. :rolleyes:), and the Bulls, Cavs, Mavericks, Nuggets, Pistons, Clippers, Lakers, Grizzlies, Heat, Bucks, Hornets, Jazz and Magic are at 15.

04-11-2006, 08:15 PM

04-11-2006, 08:17 PM

Now, just to make sure he starts, Stu will have to find ways to suspend AJ, and Tinsley, and Cabbage, and Freddie, and Danny, and JO, and probably Jeff too (he played PG in HS, ya know.)


04-11-2006, 08:18 PM
I think this is a smart move, tho it doesn't mean much for the Pacers this year. It does allow you some flexibility if you have a player coming off injury or still mending heading into the playoffs.

Or maybe you can utilize that spot for some type of matchup situation for one of the rounds.


04-11-2006, 09:55 PM
Isn't Bender still "Officially" on the team and wouldn't he be the 14th player?

04-11-2006, 10:03 PM
He's not on our roster:


04-11-2006, 10:06 PM
Isn't Bender still "Officially" on the team and wouldn't he be the 14th player?

Hey Geez, good to see you're still alive! ;)

What happened to Elmer? I think the real-life Elmer is in my av... :devil:

04-11-2006, 10:19 PM


04-11-2006, 10:24 PM


If I have to suffer with my diet, you're all going to suffer with me. :tongue:

04-11-2006, 11:37 PM
If I have to suffer with my diet, you're all going to suffer with me. :tongue:

Dude, the rabbit is heavier than you are!

Frank Slade
04-12-2006, 11:44 AM
13th player added.. sweet... that must explain the recent
Michael Curry sightings :yes: !

04-12-2006, 11:51 AM
Dude, the rabbit is heavier than you are!

That explains why it gave me such a difficult time when I tried to wrestle it to the ground. :idea:

And I think it bit me. :cry:

04-12-2006, 02:10 PM
The easter bunny has been taking steroids!

Oh the scandal!

I'm sure he just packed on the extra weight and muscle from carrying all those eggs around.....nothing to do with 'roids at all.....

I can't wait to see the pictures that batboy or M.S. can come up with showing the easter bunny throughout the years and the increased muscle mass and size.......We need proof of this scandal!