The NBA does not have a big market problem

It was July 2011. NBA fans were anxious. Will we see any basketball next year? Will we get to enjoy this beautiful sport, this sport that we all wait for every summer. The answer was obviously no, at least not until Christmas. The NBA locked out, as the owners and players failed to reach a collective bargaining agreement. The league, fresh off LeBron James joining the Miami Heat, sold to fans two primary reasons for which the lockout — and all the resulting lost jobs and lost economic benefits basketball teams provide — was necessary. Reason #1: the league was not making enough money, and did need players to give a chunk of basketball related income back to rectify this. Reason #2: the league needed to restore competitive balance so that all 30 teams could compete if well managed. The reality: reason #2 was nothing more than spin, to convince fans and those whose jobs were lost that the lockout was worth it to them. All the NBA truly cared about was reason #1: the lockout’s purpose was to make more money. Sadly for NBA fans, the NBA is publicly sewing the seeds to repeat history and justify another lockout to its fans. Except, the NBA is too smart to come out and say, in light of the billions it is receiving in the new TV deal, that a lockout is a financial necessity. So instead, the NBA wants to pitch a need for “competitive balance,” by getting people to play into their fears that their teams cannot compete due to flaws in the system. And so Adam Silver spoke... read more

Temper Expectations For Golden State

  On the 4th of July, Kevin Durant announced he’d leave Oklahoma City to sign with the Golden State Warriors, creating what everyone thought would be the best super-team we’ve ever seen. With a combination of Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green, it looks great on paper, but paper is not always the truth as we’ve seen all too much. And while I’m still of the belief that Durant’s signing means only better for the Golden State Warriors, there is some room for doubt. Lack Of Depth The Warriors and their significant depth helped them accomplish 73-wins, the historic championship run, and more, without it? We may see a different team, with a very different approach. A team that isn’t as versatile or built to beat every player on the floor. Sure, it’s more top heavy, but the fact that the Warriors could beat anyone’s rotation on any given day is certainly something to be looked at. Golden State have already gotten rid of Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes, but they’ll likely have to offload a couple more pieces if they want to fill the rest of their roster spots. Unless they can get five or six league minimum contracts signed up, they’ll have to be unique and shifty in their approach to “round out” this roster. Andrew Bogut was an unsung hero on this team, becoming a great rim-protector and sound offensive pick-and-roll pairing. Without him, Golden State will need to shore up their ability to protect the rim and provide mobile, versatile offensive possessions to include other big-men. That’s a big “if”, because moving... read more

About Hoops Critic

Brian Geltzeiler’s true passion is the NBA. He grew up in a basketball family. His father, Burt was an elite college basketball player for Newark-Rutgers University in the late 1940’s and was drafted by the Tri-City Hawks (now Atlanta Hawks) in 1950 by their then GM, Red Auerbach.

Brian is a regular host on SiriusXM’s NBA Radio and gets his money’s worth from his NBA League Pass. He lives in Livingston, NJ with his wife and four children.