The NBA needs to change.
It's not that basketball is boring--the NCAA tournament is still one of the most exciting sporting spectacles in the world. Basketball is exciting. In regards to the NBA, it can be much more exciting than what we are currently being exposed to.
If I were commissioner for a day...
The City of Seattle would land an NBA team.
It could either be a transfer from Oklahoma City, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Charlotte, Memphis, or it could be an entirely new team. This city does not have a problem with supporting their major franchises. Heck, even the Seattle Sounders (soccer) drew very large crowds this past season.
The fever this city experiences when the old Sonics were in the playoffs was immeasurable. No other city in the NBA could match the excitement and enthusiasm that Seattle displayed in the 1990s during the Shawn Kemp-Gary Payton runs.
I guess part of this dream would also have to see David Stern removed from office. Good riddance.
Los Angeles Clippers sold AND moved
Perhaps a rule should be put into place that forces an owner to sell if his team doesn't have at least a forty-percent winning percentage after twenty years. I don't know if it's a curse or just complete incompetence, but Donald Sterling should realize that his team isn't a winner.
Get them out of the shadow of the Lakers and let them start in a new town with new ownership. Let it happen in Vegas, Seattle, or Kansas City.
Spurs will add color to their uniforms.
Aside from being the most boring team to watch in the NBA since David Robinson retired, do they also have to wear the most uninspiring uniforms in the history of sports? And no, not the fiesta colors of the 1990s--that was worse.
The Raiders get away with it because they can, and are encouraged, to hit people. Lyle Alzado and Ken Stabler can rock the black. It doesn't work for Matt Bonner.
Eliminate Illegal Defense
So what if a team wants to triple team Shaq down low or have a few guys cheat over to help out against LeBron--find a way to beat it! The college game is not any less exciting because they don't have an illegal defense rule. This rule takes away from the essence of the game--one team using its strengths against the strengths of the other team.
Constantly watching LeBron or Carmelo handling the ball for 15 seconds before going one-on-one for a pull up or a drive is supremely boring. Force the coaches to implement some strategy and develop some defensive schemes that will be more enjoyable for the overall game.
Add a five-point shot
I am still somewhat on the fence about this one. Although it can definitely be said that the excitement level will increase dramatically. Being somewhat of a purist, however, I'm not too sure if it truly has a place.
Imagine your team being down by four with 20 seconds to go. Do you go for the quick two and foul, shoot the three and foul, or go for the near-half-court shot for the lead? Those quick shots from the other end of the court at the end of a quarter or half would have much greater significance.
Rasheed could probably play another 8 years with his skill set.
Enforce carrying and traveling
Yes, this should go without saying but my goodness, not an NBA game goes by that I'm not disgusted by the lack of adherence to the rules. It's not difficult to witness a travel or carry within the first three minutes of a game.
Why is it so difficult to enforce? Sure, it may slow the game down some at first but eventually the players will understand that they have to go back to the fundamentals. This rule change will also assist youth coaches, as they are constantly having to break young players from the bad habits they mirror after watching NBA players get away with carrying and traveling.
Eliminate fouling out
You may have heard this argument before, but it has its merits. In no other sport, aside from an ejection, is a player forced to leave the game because of too many penalties. An offensive lineman can hold on every play if he wanted to, it would just hurt his team. Why not apply the same logic in the NBA?
For every foul after a player's 6th, the opposing team will get one point and the ball. This will allow a team to make a calculated, risk versus reward, decision--is this player worth keeping on the court even though he has six fouls?
Shorten the season by at least ten games
There are too many games in the NBA. With 16 teams being able to make it to the playoffs, there are many games during the regular season that don't really matter. Having a shortened season will allow the games to be far more significant and exciting.
In an effort to maintain revenue, decrease the active roster to ten players and increase the size of the NBDL. With those extra two bench players in the NBDL, there will be more excitement and significance at that level.
The best team that doesn't make the playoffs receives the first pick in the draft
It is becoming increasingly disgusting watching teams "tank" it at the end of the season in order to increase their chances at obtaining the first pick in the draft. What kind of fight to the finish would we see if a team knew that a last-place finish in the draft equated to a 14th pick in the draft?
Conversely, a team that fought to the end and attempted to make the playoffs would be rewarded with a player that may help them get over the hump. No more lottery--let's award franchises based on their play on the court.
No more expansion!
The NBA has expanded more than MLB and the NFL since 1989--by a staggering amount. And this expansion is clearly reflected on the court with the watered down play and drastic dwindling talent pool.
Imagine this: Spud Webb would be a starting NBA point guard instead of the career backup he was in the 1980s. You really think Luke Ridnour would be a starting, or even backup, point guard back in 1988? It's highly unlikely.
In fact, can you say "contraction"? I can, and it starts in Memphis.