As the NBA lockout enters its third month, fans have reason to be optimistic. The league and its players' union have met three times between Aug. 31 and Sept. 8. The meetings were long and involved some key players for each side. Although no new CBA is imminent, optimism is justified since the league and the NBPA met only once between July 1 and Aug. 30.
To those watching, it's pretty obvious that the urgency is there for both sides to get a deal done. Although they're still engaged in a high stakes game of chicken, it seems that the NBA is finally ready to concede on some of its demands.
One thing that the NBPA and its members have done wisely, however, was create leverage for themselves by utilizing social media networks and the Internet. Millions of Twitter followers and YouTube views have helped to convince some important people that the Impact League might be a good idea. And as of right now, about 70 NBA players are planning on participating in an organized basketball tournament.
Meanwhile, Kevin Durant has been a man possessed, tearing up basketball courts from Washington, D.C. to New York City and all the way back to Los Angeles.
Most recently, he torched Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Chris Paul for 59 points. And while I still do not think Kevin Durant is better than Carmelo Anthony…This got me thinking…
How many fans would be willing to pay to watch NBA players come together and represent their respective cities in a tournament? It's a good question.
A better question is, which NBA city could form the best team comprised of current NBA players?
(For the record, California has the most players in the league. And there is A LOT of talent from Los Angeles. However, we can't field a team with six point guards. Remember, here we are looking for the best TEAM).
So, let's find out...
120 NBA Players. 20 Cities. 12 Teams. 10 Roster spots. Five starters. One captain.