The NBA does not have a big market problem

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...
The All “Shouldn’t Be At Summer League” Team

The All “Shouldn’t Be At Summer League” Team

It’s actually quite remarkable that we’ve reached a point in the NBA Summer League where teams and more importantly players, are deciding to really compete in the Summer League. It’s actually becoming an event that players are looking forward to and you can see why. Of course, the point of Summer League is for players to develop and grow while being showcased to all 30 NBA teams. And while this is still true, there is another ulterior motive that’s formed, the player that’s “too good” for Summer League competition. That’s why I decided to create the “Too Good For Summer League” or “I Shouldn’t Be At Summer League” team. Either way you go, it means the same thing. Here’s are starting-five for the Summer League “All-Star team”. D’Angelo Russell – Point Guard The Los Angeles Lakers guard played well in summer league last season and he’s back at it again. The flashy and crafty guard has given team’s fits so far in Vegas averaging 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game. He also claims to have “ice in his veins” after hitting a spectacular buzzer-beater against Philadelphia. Bottom line, he shouldn’t be at Summer League to play, but only to help push his teammates and practice. Devin Booker – Shooting Guard  This kid is the real deal. His ability to space the floor, hit shots from all over the court, and create scoring opportunities for his teammates is reminiscent of a perennial all-star guard. With 26 points, 5 rebounds, and 6.5 assists per game, he’s proving that he doesn’t need to be in Vegas for this. Last season I...
Temper Expectations For Golden State

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...
Problem With Free Agent Contracts? Blame the CBA.

Problem With Free Agent Contracts? Blame the CBA.

Kevin Durant is a Golden State Warrior.  He is there on a $26.5 million salary in 2016-2017.  Think about this: with all due respect to their fantastic play, that is the same number at which the Celtics and Grizzlies inked Al Horford and Mike Conley. The NBA has a max contract problem. Regarding salaries themselves, one common theme has emerged early in free agency.  Player salaries, due to the substantial rise in the salary cap, are correspondingly larger than ever before.  Many casual NBA fans, unaware of the reason for these salary increases, have been outraged at the amount of money players have gotten.  Members of the media have taken to respond to fans on the subject, clarifying the reason for the increases and explaining why salaries should not cause fan frustration with players. On the subject, it must be said: unlike many businesses, where the bosses are the brains behind the operation producing revenue, the NBA is unique in that its employees, or players, are its supreme revenue generators . . . and there is an abundance of revenue right now.  With that revenue existing, nobody should have a problem with NBA players being rewarded for that which they generate, through their salaries. Another point justifying what players make is obvious.  If we assumed, hypothetically, that at this moment, NBA owners could cut all player salaries in half, they would.  They would then place the recovered money in their pockets.  The money would not go back to fans, to charities, the homeless, or any other noble cause.  Should more money be skimmed from basketball related revenue, away from...