That's because, unlike years past, the NBA has decided to transition away from mid-postseason announcements and formulate an awards show—one that commissioner Adam Silver told Bleacher Report's The Full 48 podcast with Howard Beck and Jordan Brenner will take after the Golden Globes—that will air June 26.
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But before honors are doled out, all of the results need to be tabulated. And for the 2016-17 season, things are slated to proceed a bit differently.
Although team radio and television broadcasters used to be eligible voters, the rules have changed this year to exclude them. According to Pacers radio broadcaster Mark Joseph Boyle, the league cited a conflict of interest for revoking voting privileges from team employees:
Mark Joseph Boyle @Mark_J_Boyle
@NBA tells team broadcasters they will no longer vote for league awards. Conflict of interest now greater than ever. It's the right call.2017-4-3 21:34:33
Under the revised rules, the voting panel will now be made up of 100 independent media members who are not affiliated with teams, according to Yahoo Sports' Ben Rohrbach.
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The league's inaugural awards show will be broadcast on TNT from Pier 36 in New York City. Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and Most Improved Player, among other honors, will also be handed out.