The lockout: It seems to be the theme of the sports world this year. I have no doubt that like the NFL, the NBA owners and players will resolve their issues and bring a conclusion to this nonsense, it's just going to take a little more work.
Once the hardwood re-opens, how do we stop this from happening again?
The answer: Contraction.
It is time for the NBA to trim some fat. The league was at its greatest in the 1980s, when it was comprised of only 23 teams. Each team had at least one All-Star caliber player on its roster, creating a better overall product for the casual fan.
Now, in its current state, the league is comprised of 30 teams, and some teams struggle to find that star or leader. If one of these teams is lucky enough to find that special somebody, who knows how long they will get to keep them before they become thirsty for greener pastures.
I’m not saying to get rid of the seven franchises that have joined the league since 1988—the Timberwolves, Heat, Hornets, Magic, Raptors, Grizzlies, and Bobcats—many of these teams have had success and managed to build a decent fan base.
But, the NBA does need to drop at least four teams—two from each conference.