Parade Magazine's "6 Ways to Fix the NBA"

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  1. Highlander

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    http://www.parade.com/news/2010/06/06-6-ways-to-fix-the-nba.html

    (They still don't get it...but some of the posters responding to it do)

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    </div></div></div></div>Pro baseball might be America's pastime and pro
    football our most popular and profitable
    game, but professional basketball, our other major homegrown sport, has
    the most recognizable and
    exciting American athletes in the world. Yet at the same time, the
    National Basketball Association
    (NBA) is facing one of its most challenging moments ever.



    The league is finishing what commissioner David Stern concedes to
    PARADE is its most
    economically disastrous season ever -- $400 million in the red, nearly
    twice what it has lost in
    tough years before. Fewer fans are going to games, the result of a bad
    economy but also of what a
    veteran NBA observer calls "too many meaningless games, too many
    watered-down rosters." The
    competitive balance of the league could be further upset on July 1, when
    LeBron James and the most
    gifted group of hoops free agents ever will be able to switch teams. And
    next year's expiration of
    the collective bargaining agreement raises the possibility of a new
    relationship among the NBA, its
    players, and its fans, along with the threat of a strike or lockout. As a
    season-ticket holder for
    the Philadelphia 76ers and a die-hard fan, I'm concerned about what the
    future holds for the
    league, but I'm also intrigued by the prospects for change.



    NBA attendance was soft again this year -- 18 of 30 teams saw a drop
    -- and the only reason
    the numbers weren't worse was the desperate ploys some teams used to
    fill seats. At 76ers games,
    traditional halftime entertainment has been almost entirely replaced by
    local school dance troupes,
    whose members and families are charged admission and urged to sell
    tickets themselves.



    When I ask about the empty seats, commissioner Stern answers: "What
    the attendance shows is
    that markets are very different. Some are more sensitive to the quality
    of the product on the
    floor," seemingly acknowledging that some fans are staying home because
    of weak games. However, he
    points to tweaks the NBA made this year that created faster and
    higher-scoring games. Stern is also
    encouraged by the league's explosive growth both online and abroad and
    promises, "Over the next
    several years, you'll see an NBA with divisions in Europe." He places
    much of the blame for the
    league's problems on contractual issues, including guaranteed salaries
    that have locked teams into
    paying players exorbitant sums of money. The NBA's economic structure
    "does not work," he says,
    "and we need a sustainable business model."



    The balance of power within the NBA has been skewed for a while. In
    the past few years,
    perhaps only five teams have seriously contended for championships, and
    in the past 26 years, only
    seven cities have enjoyed victory parades. Compare that to the NFL,
    where nine different teams have
    won Super Bowls in a dozen years. And the amazing free-agent class up
    for grabs next month -- which
    also includes Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Dirk Nowitzki -- could lead
    to a greater disparity in
    talent, since the same handful of teams are likely to stockpile the
    All-Stars.



    Even more important to the NBA's future is the 2011 expiration of
    the collective bargaining
    agreement, which establishes the rules for the division of revenues,
    player contracts, trades, and
    the salary cap. While stalled talks could lead to a strike or lockout --
    the last one wrecked the
    1998-99 season with the cancellation of 30-plus games -- few believe
    that will happen. But as
    negotiations heat up, the NBA is heading into a fascinating period when
    there are more
    chances to change, improve, or mess up the game than ever before. "We
    need to grow this game," says
    superagent David Falk, who represented Michael Jordan and reps other top
    players today. The changes
    are "going to be very, very extreme, because I think the times are
    extreme."



    Stern says changes are up to the league's rules committee but admits
    to one "quirk as a fan."
    He thinks the offensive interference rules should be abolished, letting
    "anyone do anything with
    the ball above the rim." Here, according to a few NBA watchers, are six
    more ways to revive the
    sport we love -- some practical, some improbable, all worth considering.





    SIX SAVES



    1. CHANGE THE FOUL-OUT RULES.


    "Instead of ejecting a player after six foul," says agent Steve
    Mountain, who represents
    Orlando's Jameer Nelson, "assess a technical for fouls six and seven,
    and eject after eight. This
    would keep the best players in the game longer."




    2. INCREASE SCORING.

    "Shorten the 24-second shot clock to 20 seconds to make for more
    possessions," Falk says. "Or
    create a four-point play. People thought the three-point shot would
    destroy the game, but it added
    to it instead."




    3. RAISE THE AGE LIMIT.


    "You should have to be out of high school for three years to play in
    the NBA," Falk says.
    Playing college hoops would allow athletes to develop a fan base that
    they could carry with them
    into the pros.




    4. ENCOURAGE QUIRK.

    "There's a reason why Charles Barkley, who is retired, is still
    getting endorsements," says
    Sports Illustrated writer Jon Wertheim, who has covered the NBA
    for 13 years, "and, say,
    Tim Duncan and Carmelo Anthony aren't. Today, the players with
    personality often have the color
    bleached out of them." Blogger Bethlehem Shoals of FanHouse.com advises,
    "They should Twitter all
    the time. It could be a lifeline to these guys' personalities."




    5. CHANGE THE TRADE RULES.

    "Eliminate or significantly reduce rules that require salaries of
    traded players to match
    up," Mountain says.




    6. SHORTEN THE SEASON.

    The NBA's season comprises 82 games. Reducing the number of contests
    could make each one
    matter much more to players and fans alike. As Falk explains, "In pro
    football, there are only 16
    games, so every game is critical."
     
  2. mrjohnnynofear

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    The NBA is showing cracks again. They better pray that the lockout does not happen. Cities are whoring themselves to LeBron to come there. But let's take a look at the 6 ways.

    1. Is all wrong. If anything they fouls should be lowered to 5. It will encourage team play, value possesions of the ball, and may deter the hack-a-Shaq defense a bit.

    2. I think is wrong also. It already looks like a fast break back and forth. I don't want it looking like the All-Star Game with no defense. Keep it the way it is for now. They barely use the shot clock anyways unless it is under 4 minutes with the lead.

    3. I'm for this though I doubt it will happen. Too many legal challenges could occur and the NBA has already won 1 fight about this. The reason I would want them to go to school isn't about the fan base. (the NBA relegated the NCAA to a boarding school, the fans don't identify with alot of players hence the stronger loyalty to the school for the fans) It's to work on teamwork, fundamentals, and at least be able to get enough education to not go broke after the playing days or over and not get arrested for stupid stuff.

    4. Nobody saying the players have to be bland. They can have personality but there is a limit. What they consider personality (dancing before the tip off, spraying powder in the air, degrading towelboys, playing hip-hop music DURING the possesion, bland games/no defense/lack of whites in most part) doesn't appeal to me. I understand that it may appeal to a different kind of fan. But if they want my (and it looks like alot of other people too) dollars back, they're going to have to severly cut back on that if not elimiate it completely.

    5. I would agree with this. I just don't want teams loading up on good players. I just want an even playing field.

    6. I agree. Just too long. How can the fans keep interest when even the players don't.

    Just my two cents.
     
  3. Poacher

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    "...too many watered-down rosters." This is the heart of the problem. NBA teams have paid far too much for below-average talent. They can fix this by cutting the number of teams in the league.
     
  4. pistol pete

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    Why are they talking about wanting to 'fix' the NBA? The league has been fixed since the eighties!
     
  5. Van_Slyke_CF

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    The NBA is pretty much a hopeless cause.

    I check the boxscores sometimes to see how a white player or two I like is doing.

    The NBA sucks, and, as pistol pete says, it's been "fixed" the way they want it for many years now.
     
  6. celticdb15

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    I could care less about the NBA, may it continue to decline while the NHL rises above it! I love playing basketball, one of my favorite leissure activities, but the NBA is a joke of a league. It is littered with primma donnas and poorly played basketball. The NBA I would appreciate has been dead since the '70's. I respect all the talented whites who continue to play the game, but the NBA has an agenda to hold out American born whites..
     
  7. whiteathlete33

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    I wonder if the Stanley Cup Finals had more viewers than the Negro Basketball Association Finals. I haven't watched any games at all in the playoffs. No one to cheer for.
     
  8. jaxvid

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    Good comments! I agree, you mentioned most of what I didn't like about the original list. I could also add that waiting for players to graduate would be a BIG help to white players since white players NEVER leave the league early for the draft.

    I would INCREASE the clock, ball possesion basketball can be more interesting then fast break basketaball, it hasn't hurt the college game. I would also support a 4 point arc since it would be a boon to white players who frequently are good from long range. Another thing I would do is change the rules back to calling fouls for carrying which they ignore too much now.

    Expansion to Europe would be okay if they let the teams have a "personality" i.e stock the roster with local talent-read white guys. I really think it will never happen though the cost in travel would be astronomical and it would cut into the Euro leagues which would not be too happy to have to compete against the NBA.
     
  9. whiteathlete33

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    How about more white players? Maybe the NBA can get back to it's roots and draft more highly skilled white Americans instead of this afrolete circus it has become. I have a feeling if things continue the way they are going we won't see more than a few white American players in the NBA in a decade. It's gotten that bad.
     
  10. Realistic

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    I read a few of the comments and there seemed to be a lot of folks who recommend raising the basket height. That wouldn't help matters IMHO. It would still favor big lugs with long arms (black) and few skills. A perfect example is DeMarcus Cousins. He's going to be in the top 5 and he's a marginal athlete. He's big and has long arms, period. Standing reach of 9'-5".

    How about my solution. Paint another circle to mirror the 3 point line about 8-10 feet from the basket. Any shot from inside that line (close to the basket) would be worth 1 point. Any shot between that line and the 3 point line would be worth 2, and obviously any shot outside the 3 point line is worth 3. You would call it based on where the players feet were located. Why should a 1 foot shot be equal in value to a 20 foot shot? That simple rule change would devalue the extremely large players who can do nothing but dunk and place a greater value on shooting.

    Another simple rule change would be to go to 4 on 4 or 3 on 3 to give the players more room to move. Other obvious ones that have been pointed out would be to call fouls and traveling. Just calling palming would make a huge difference. There are a host of black guards who couldn't play the game if they couldn't palm the ball. Iverson wouldn't have had a career if he couldn't palm the ball to set up his crossover.
     
  11. j41181

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    The palming and traveling rules have become greatly relaxed. You can see players (Lebron in particular) getting away with 3 steps on a regular basis. The so-called amazing crossover is only possible through palming. A rule change I'd love to see is calling a foul during instant replay, too many players (like Garnett) get away with dirty plays.

    Implementing several NCAA & International rules to the NBA might make it viewer friendly for all. The current rules are obviously to benefit the athletic, but wait, I don't find any dunks from Lebron or Howard amazing. I actually find the dunks of Jordan, Wilkins, Barkley, and Chambers even more amazing. The dunking things gotten too boring really.

    I think it's time to change the rules and give more emphasis to perimeter oriented players like Nowitzki and Nash. I always found the perimeter game more exciting than the slashing game. That's what drew me to the sport in the first place, the art of shooting the ball.
     
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    More likely it would be a incessant stream of faux-macho posturing and petty rivalries expressed in an unholy mixture of ebonics and net-speak riddled with spelling and grammatical errors. Unfortunately the DWFs just lap that stuff up like a bunch of TMZ watching girls.
     

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