The death of NBA as a league
October 6, 2010 2:01am CST
DOn't you just think that the NBA is going about their business the wrong way? I think they are focusing too much on their star players that the concept of a team game is going down by the wayside. The marketing is too much on the individuals that teams in small markets, that have no chance to attract star players wouldn't be able to compete. It's like there are two levels within the league, the Lakers, Heat, Boston, etc level; and the Minnesota, OKC level. So, do you still follow the NBA? Do you think that they could promote the teams a little better? Just like in football where fans follow the team instead of individual stars. Do you think that the smaller markets have a chance of survival? Or is the league going downhill?
• United States
6 Oct 10
I do not follow it the way I use to as it somehow does not seem as if it were a sport anymore, as the owners and promoters are all out to get the high dollars but not concentrating on the great athletes on the team. I will catch a game here and there but have not enjoyed as much as I did before, as the star players just do not seem to be outshining as they did before.
7 Oct 10
I think before, when Jordan was the star player, and he was miles and miles ahead in terms of talent, he outshined the league. Now that everybody has Jordan's skills, nobody stands out anymore. And I guess that's part of the reason why the league isn't as popular anymore.
• United States
10 Oct 10
The NBA is not way it used to be! It wasn't that long ago,like the 1970's and 1980's,used to be fun to watch! They didn't have prima donnas' like Kobe and LeBron! The smaller market teams had a chance to win the NBA Championship or at least be in the playoffs every year! The salaries have skyrocketed and yes teams just want the big names! No wonder Boston, the Lakers and Miami get all the best players and win the NBA Championships! I am a Bucks fan. Wer are constantly trading players,drafting players and getting no help from free agency to compete with the BIG BOYS! It bites and I wish it wasn't like this! They need to take a look at the way the NFL handles things! The NBA could learn a thing or two from them!
11 Oct 10
I was going to call the two that you mentioned for what they are, as primadonnas! But I was careful for fear of backlash from myLot fans. I'm glad that I am not alone for thinking that they are not helping the game. I think you're right that Commissioner Stern should look at other leagues to improve their own. I'm sure that they are currently in a slippery slope if they continue with the high salaries at big markets, and continuing to cater to these superstars.
8 Oct 10
The sad thing is, although it workd for the NBA, I don't think it's good for the league. The 'have-not' teams wouldn't be able to afford these star players, and they would always going to be second-tier teams. Maybe they should implement a salary cap, to promote parity. Thanks.