How to make the NBA better
The NBA has lost it's popularity lately. Fortunatlely, young stars are emerging, which is keeping the fans in the seats. But it may be time for the NBA to see an overhaul of how things are run in order to keep the fans in the seats. Shane Battier had some radical ideas for how to improve the NBA. His ultimate goal was to make the NBA function a lot more like college. Here are some of his suggestions, along with a few others that I have added.
Change the All Star game
Shane wanted to turn the all-star game into an 8 team mini tournament with the top 8 teams in the league. I don't think that this would be a good idea because it just adds more meaningless games to the season. I think they should pool all the all star players together and make 4 teams that would be drafted by coaches, pick-up basketball style. These four teams would play a mini tournament, instead of Shane's idea of 8 current NBA teams.
Change the Playoffs
Shane wants a one game playoff for the last two teams to get in for the last spot in the playoffs, and the first round should only consist of 5 games. I think they should reduce the amount of teams in the playoffs to 6 in each conference. It is too easy for mediocre teams to get in the playoffs, which makes for a boring 1st round. I also think in each conference the bottom 4 teams should play 3 game series against each other to get into the next round. The rest of the rounds will be 7 games.
Shorten the Regular Season
Shane thinks the season should be reduced to 52 games. I could not agree with him more. One of the reasons that the football regular season is so great is that there are only 16 games. Every game counts for so much more then it does in the NBA or MLB regular season. A shorter season would improve the intensity on the court.
Technicals count as Personal Fouls
For some reason in the NBA, a technical foul doesn't count as a personal foul. Battier wants this to be changed. I agree, it will help reduce the amount of technicals, and complaining to referees after every missed layup.
make the shot clock 30 seconds
Battier did not discuss this. I think that 6 more seconds on the shot clock will increase the amount of set plays that teams can run. Now teams are limited to what they can do, and because of this we see a lot more one on one, and less of a team game.
No 3 in the key for defense
It is ridiculous that a team cannot position themselves on defense however they want. If a team wants to have one big man stand in the key, let them. It's part of the game, if you don't want to be guarded by a zone, learn how to shoot out of it.
Make the Court Bigger
The players are huge, the court is not. These guys have been playing on the same size rectangle since middle school, that doesn't seem right. Give them more space to operate. The 3-pt line doesn't even fit inside the court which is why it is straight on the sides. make the baseline at least 6 feet wider, and the sidelines at least 10 feet longer.
Limit Alternate Uniform Usage
I think the Cavs have a different retro jersey in every color. I realize the NBA wants to sell everyone 10 different LeBron jerseys, but it's frustrating. When I turn on a game, sometimes I can't even tell who's playing because it seems like every team has 5 uniforms. Alternate jerseys and retos are cool, but are a tired act if they are worn more often then the normal uniforms. The NFL has rules on the amount of times a team can wear each uniform, the NBA should too.