A Change Needed in the NBA
The NBA has been around for several decades and has some traditions that David Stern would refuse to go astray from, even though the league needs them. Here are the some of the changes you may or may not see in the NBA during the next decade:
We have seen the tale of two conferences for the past few years, with the West being much stronger than the East. Other than the top 4 ( Cleveland, Boston, Orlando, Atlanta) in the East, the rest of the teams would not be in the playoffs over on the left side of the country.
Right now, Utah ( 23-18), Memphis (22-18), New Orleans (21-19), L.A. Clippers (18-22) would not make the playoffs, but would all be in the playoffs in the East, with the exception being the Clippers who would be half a game behind Chicago for the 8th spot.
What I Propose:
Have the best 16 teams in the playoffs. Simple as that. You would find a lot more competitive series’ by mixing the conferences and having the best teams rather than having uncompetitive sweeps in the East.
I know it seems farfetched that David Stern would be willing to have a Playoffs with 4 Eastern Conference teams and 12 Western Conference teams in the playoffs ever. But even if you keep 8 teams from each conference, the best team should still play the worst team, such as the Lakers playing the Bulls in the first round. It is hardly fair that if the Lakers finish the season with the best record, that they would have to play the OKC Thunder who have a .561 winning percentage, who would be 5th seed in the East.
Although there is no need for change, adding a little spice to the game by sending it to a foreign country would bring much more followers from other markets outside of America. David Stern always has exhibition games in Europe and Asia, but they are games that have no meaning, yet still get packed stadiums to see them.
If they held the 2010 All-Star Game in Beijing, China they could sell out a 500,000 stadium if they had one. China has more basketball fans than we have people here in America. To add even more spice to it, they could have American NBA Players vs. International players at this all-star game.
There has been a lot of controversy with the fans voting in the All-Stars as of late, with Tracy Mcgrady and Allen Iverson on track to be starting in the game. It is good to give fans a part of the game, but giving them so much power means that there will always be deserving players sitting at home because they didn’t win the popularity contest.
Can any one argue that these are All-Star numbers? I think not. On the other hand, Chris Kaman was not even featured on the ballot, when he is one of the highest scoring Centers in the league.
I think the media should have a stronger input in the all-star voting, still giving the fans a chance to vote, but not strong enough to put undeserving players in the game. Fans treat it as a lifetime achievement all-star game, rather than who has been playing the best this season.
By: Evan Shugerman
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