The NBA needs to reconnect with it's fan base, strengthen the divisions and create regional rivalries within those markets. The fan base is there, but there needs to be a commitment on the part of the owners and players. A unified effort to regain the interest of the fan and capture the energy of the cities and areas the NBA play in.
That said, the NBA needs to bring back the Seattle Sonics and reform a strong Northwest Division with Portland and Seattle, Minnesota, Utah and Denver. The team that moves, Toronto Raptors. The ownership group can sell or keep the team and hold on to the Raptors by turning it into the D-League team for the Sonics. And if the NBA is serious about international expansion, Canada is a good start for a five team division, starting with the Toronto Raptors. In the least, a Canadian D-League for NBA owners?
This opens the door to re-organize the rest of the divisions and make some sense out of the NBA. Washington moves into the Atlantic Division and New Orleans shifts into the Eastern Conference with it's move to the Southeast Division; Oklahoma City takes the Hornets spot and moves to the great Southwest. Creating solid divisions, with teams now in their true regional areas. Think of the possibilities. Just looking at the mock map of a re-organized NBA makes me excited, it simply makes sense.
Take a look at the mock map of the NBA Teams, Divisions and Conferences >>
All of this made possible by making one bold move.
Sounds good to me.
Notes: The All-Star Weekend; The dunk contest is a great part of the events, dunking changed the game of basketball forever and needs to be represented. Only problem, the actual All-Stars need to step up! Love the skills challenge and Three-Point Contest, they are simple, to the point, and the stars showed up. Don't know what to say about the Shooting Stars Competition, a cloudy night sky. A good example of where the players, stars, can help promote the NBA and have fun doing it.