Welcome to the trial league! The purpose of this league is to explore all of the functionality of NBA.Com's new fantasy basketball league while having the most fun possible. Members of this league are in for something special as we introduce the following new features: (1)Commissioner editable player position eligibility Now, if a player that plays center regularly during the season is listed as a Power Forward we no longer need to wait for Yahoo to update its roster. Your commissioners will be on the ball updating the players regularly as fantasy basketball sources acknowledge the players eligibility. (2)Configurable Playoffs Sick of spending the entire season building a champion just to see your scrubs play for the final two weeks and cost you the season? We’ve softened the pain by abbreviating the playoffs to include only the top 4 teams. This way, regular season play is truly rewarded in the postseason allowing the teams with elite fantasy players to cope with the same type of circumstances (rested starters for playoffs, increased rate of season ending injuries, and youth/lineup development) (3)Divisions / Editable Schedule There will be two Divisions: Bad Boys and Goin' To Work. The Head and Assistant Commissioner will conduct an offline draft to determine which teams play in the respective divisions. The schedule will then be designed (by the Head Commissioner) to allow GMs to play opposing teams in their division 3 times. The remaining 4 weeks will be inter-divisional rivalry weeks. Let me explain how this will work. Each team will provide a list of inter-divisional opponents they’d rather face in order of preference. Based on this info, the Head Commissioner will design a schedule. These contests should be a lot of fun complete with mounds and mounds of trash talk! J (4)Home Court Advantage The tie breaker for Head to Head matchups this year will now be based on Home Court Advantage. Honestly, I'm not quite sure how this affects the outcome yet as each category is scored as a win. If this determines the winner of a category during a matchup (which is what I'm hoping), this makes it very intriguing as the home whistle can now factor into the results. I hear its a bee-yotch trying to get a win in Roscoe's Arena. (5)Multi-Team Trades This is where it really gets cool. Now, you can make a multi-team blockbuster trade that will turn the league upside down. Just hope that you aren't Danny Ainge at the end of this one. (6)Co-Owners Having problems dedicating time to the Trial League? Want to bring a friend into the action to help ya out? With the co-owner feature you can share a team with another owner. Team Prof/TayDead for instance. This is a great backup option should you run into difficulties making a lineup change or if there is a free agent pickup you want to jump on but don’t have access to a computer. Outside of that, its just fun to build a championship team with a good friend. Just be aware that it’s a marriage. You probably won’t agree on everything, so you need to be prepared to compromise. J One note worth mentioning is that noone is an expert in this league…thus the TRIAL moniker. I will be looking for the managers of this league to post feedback and any helpful hints/options as they maneuver through the season. The goal is to get everyone familiar with the capabilities of this fantasy league so that we can determine if we want this to be our standard format going forward. Every manager is important to that process. Like the advanced league, we will be posting a suggested Live Draft time poll. Please vote accordingly. Once we’ve filled up all 12 manager spots, the Commissioners will conduct the offline team draft and construct the regular season schedule. Please fill free to PM me your preferred selections for the rivalry weeks at anytime after the division team draft results are announced. Let’s get this party started!