Posted on: November 16, 2011 5:40 am
I hate the NBA so much because it is a terrible product. In fairness the NBA only gets 70% of the blame for that, and being stuck with the Sixers for 40 years is the other 30%. I hate the NBA product so much that I am one of those sports fans who is glad they aren't playing. I have spent a lot of time thinking how I would do things different if I ran the NBA but never cared enough to write any of it down because frankly all the moron players and moron owners deserve what they get. However, it appears now that the two opposing groups of morons have slipped into an abyss of absolute and utter dumbdom with no way out. So in a moment of generousity I thought I would share my thoughts to help them find their happy place. Since I have no respect for either groups' intelligence I decided the solution needed to be as simple as possible and as dumbed down as possible so that the two groups of morons could understand without their brains catching fire and smoke pouring out their ears. So here are the problems as I see them and their solutions:
#1 The NBA needs to divorce itself from the Hip-Hop/Rap/Pop music culture. At least half of all Americans (approximately 175million people) hate one, two or all three of those genres of music and it is driving fans away. The number one reason there is more energy and excitement at college games is because there is a live band there and not obnoxious 10 second sound bites being blasted into people's ears. So an easy solution is for each NBA team to hire the Symphony from their home city to be their band at the games. The symphonies need the money and the NBA needs the bands, its a win win situation and would attract more fans.
#2 The officiating in the NBA gargles donkey nuts. The officiating is so bad the NBA is no longer basketball, instead having been replaced by some bastardized form of hoops that is so degraded the USA has a hard time competing on an international level. The rules of the game are arbitrarily applied and enforced to different degrees depending on a player's standing in the league. And every year it gets worse and less like basketball and more like professional wrestling. Half of all the NBA fans believe the games are fixed, whether to serve the leagues purposes or gambling purposes, and every time a player is allowed to travel just so he can dunk the NBA loses another fan. To repeat, "Gargles... Donkey... Nuts."
What I would love to see is the NBA take some time away from breaking the players union, to break the refs union and do away with independent officials altogether. Replace them all with a system where every team is responsible to employ four of their own officials. For a game, each team would send two refs onto the floor to call the game, each team would send one ref to a replay center at the scoring table and leave one ref as an alternate/emergencey replacement. And make everything reviewable but the only people who can ask for a review is one of the six active officials. Have zero tolerance for arguing with officials, and zero tolerance for flopping. If the officials could review a flop and T someone up after further review it would take about 2 weeks to restore credibility to your game. Because right now the games themselves have zero credibility with the fans, I repeat, "Gargles... Donkey... Nuts."
#3 The NBA must realize it has a two part gambling problem, the first being gambing amongst players, and the second is fans betting on games. As for the players, I think every fan can appreciate the tremendous boredom that can occur with all the travelling and down time. Nobody begrudges the players for that, it is understandable. The problem is when you have the same ten or fifteen people playing high stakes games all the time eventually people are going to end up hating each other. The simple easy solution is to limit the buy-ins. If you tell the players they can play all the texas Hold-em tournaments they want just limit the buy-in to $20 it will be impossible for problems to occur. You know problems like where one player brings a gun into a locker room to threaten another player over collecting a debt. By having a league mandate limiting the buy-ins, then the games can return to being about fun and friendship and passing the time and not about a second source of income.
The second gambling issue is betting on the NBA games. Only the most degenerate gambling junkie would ever place a bet on an NBA game, which hurts the popularity. The reason only a moron would bet an NBA game is because of the nature of the lines. When a game features a favorite that is minus 12 and the underdog is plus 6, only the dumbest human beings fail to realize that a third of the time neither half of the bet wins. It is that kind of betting line that keeps action away from the NBA. I don't know how you can mandate a change but it needs to change to the system that they use for baseball lines, where betting $100 on a heavy favorite may only return $110 and $100 on a big dog might return $250. It is an instant improvement. I repeat, "Only the most degenerate gambling junkie would ever place a bet on an NBA game." The odds are stacked against you, and combined with the gargling donkey nuts officiating why would you ever expect either side of the bet to win?
#4 Players are coming into the league at too young an age, primarily because they and their family are too poor to wait for the money. Instead of setting a minimum age or college requirement, allow each NBA team to award one hardship cash scholarship of $50,000 on top of a players acedemic scholarship each year. The team gives the player that money every year they stay in school. So a kid coming out of poverty with a full college ride, won't have the pressure of leaving after one year just so his brothers and sisters can survive. Because kids would eventually graduate and enter the draft -even if it takes 5 years- the most a team would spend yearly would be $250,000. It would be well worth it. It would keep kids in school for all the right reasons without forcing them to watch their family starve in the process.
#5 The Lottery system and Playoff System are as pleasent to the senses as a stink bomb in a manure factory. 75% of all NBA fans believe the Lottery system is rigged, and 100% of fans believe teams tank whole seasons for the chance to get more ping pong balls. Get rid of it and replace it with the bottom 8 teams in the league having to compete in an 8 team tournament for draft order. If they want the number 1 pick tell them to go out and win it, and have the order of finish determine the draft order. It would give the teams with no hope of playoff success a chance to compete in a post-season, make money off a post-season, and compete for a tangible award for a team in the form of the best player available. This is such a winning idea I can't believe I am giving it away for free.
Now if the bottom 8 get to play in a post-season it would be unfair for the middle 6 teams to not make the traditional 16 team post-season. So let's expand the post-season to the other 22 teams and do away with re-seeding so people can actually play a bracket pool. Have the number one seed in the East and West get a first round bye into the second round of 8. Have seeds 2 thru 5 in the East and West get a bye from the pigtail brackets into the first round of 14, and have seeds 6 thru 11 in the East and West have to play a pigtail series to get into the first round. The pigtails would be three-game, round 1 would be five-game, second round and on 7 game series. Not to mention they need to speed up the series as well, because when a seven game series takes longer then 2 weeks the Playoffs cannot possibly maintain any momentum. Just like that the NBA playoffs becomes an event that reflects the fun that is March Madness. I repeat, "It's such a winning idea I can't believe I am giving it away for free."
These are the five major fundamental flaws with the NBA as I see it, and if the moron players and moron owners don't recognize it and do something about them, then the BRI split won't matter because the popularity of the league will continue to slip and Soccer is storming up on them whether they want to admit it or not. That concludes Part One, Part Two will deal strictly with the money related issues.
Posted on: November 24, 2010 11:24 pm
FRONT OFFICE ---
THE COACH DOUG COLLINS
Jrue Holiday - Point Guard anointed with supreme praise before the season. Jrue has gone completely backwards, his stats ever night are "empty" devoid of any impact on the game. His defense is non-existant. His assists are nothing of impact, they are just him passing someone the ball instead of actually creating anything. His turnovers are low by way of a mirage, if you counted the turnovers by way of terrible shot selection and poor pass decisions they triple in number if not quadruple. He was better last year when he wasn't being taught anything.
Lou Williams - point guard and shooting guard. The Sixers are so desperate for points that Lou is a designated shooter. That means Lou no longer plays defense and when he does it's terrible. On offense he has devolved into a chucker. That's right he's a chucker, he get's the ball he shoots. There was a time when this aspiring point guard could create and pass. He no longer even considers creating or passing he just shoots the moment he gets the ball. Its sad to see him being ruined he should be so much better espescially with a "teacher" as a coach.
Evan Turner -- Shooting guard and the pride of the front office, the anointed new face of the organization. This kid is not ready, evidence missing two free throws in crunch time against the Wizards that would have put a game away. Yet he is being forced into the lineup as a starter no less. He can play defense, he can rebound, but he is not ready for the minutes he is getting and it is coming at the expense of other players.
Jodie Meeks -- Shooting Guard and forgotten man. This is the kid losing out to the dictate demanding Turner play. This kid is far and away the more ready player and a good shooter and defender to boot. But getting him playing time is not happening because of three guys in front of him who have all the fanfare of the front office (Williams, Holiday, Turner) three guys he could out perform if given the minutes. But hey there aren't any posters of Jodie Meeks, and well Collins hasn't finished "teaching" him enough yet.
Jason Kapono -- Shooting Guard and small forward that during the pre season was getting minutes and being used effectively. The season started and Kapono looked lost. This is a guy who came to the Sixers two years ago to shoot the 3 with one of the highest 3 percentages in the league. Funny thing though, he can't shoot the 3 if he is on the bench. 15 games in and clearly he is getting less time then last year. Its time to cut your losses or cut him. Trade him for cash, release him, whatever you want, but his meer prescence is a negative in the lockerroom. There is no way he is happy no way he can just sit there miserably and make 7 million dollars not to play and it not effect your team. Collins was supposed to be able to integrate him into this team, Collins failed, in fact Kapono is a black eye on the whole organization, the faster he leaves the faster everyone will forget we paid him 15 million to sit the bench for two years.
Andre Iguodala -- Shooting Guard and Small Forward face of the franchise and International team, team-player. Collins needed to teach this guy one thing, that is that he is not an outside jump shooter. All he needed was to teach him not to take a shot from outside the foul line, that was it. Iggy's value comes by playing high quality Defense and from driving the basket and getting easy buckets, whether its a pull up jumper or spectacular dunk and most importantly getting to the foul line and getting the other team in the penalty. Because only half the team is playing defense at any one time his defense is wasted. This team is so bad offensively he is allowed to shoot from anywhere and if we aren't careful he will turn into another chucker. Collins has failed miserably with a really polished player who is picking up a lot of bad habits playing with this really badly run team by what is looking like maybe a really bad coach.
Thaddeus Young -- Small forward or Power forward, depends on the day of the week. This is a kid who Collins should have been able to mold into soomething, instead he is doing what others have done before and that is play him at both positions and let him just shoot. The effect is he too is turning into nothing but a chucker who never plays defense. The decision needs to be made that Thad is a small forward, he has neither the bulk or the rebounding abilty to be a power forward in this league PERIOD. A good coach would explain that to him and force him to learn how to be a small forward and defend the position, Collins has failed miserably, yet again.
Andres Nocioni -- Small forward or power forward, hey sometimes even a shooting guard, he just kind of plays whereever. Nocioni is one of the few true "Pros" on this team, the problem with him is that he actually pays attention to the defensive sets they are trying to run, one of the few, its hard to play team defense effectively when three players on the court are just doing whatever. If you watch the games you like the fact that Andres actually is trying to win, he isn't out there trying to learn, he isn't taking any moral victory from good efforts. If this guy doesn't demand a trade by mid-season I would be shocked, he is already at wits end with all the young kids who aren't learning what isn't being taught. Another failing of Collins will be losing the support of this quality veteran player.
Darius Saignala -- He's a forward the few times he is allowed on the court. From the little I have seen of him he looks like he could be a valuable contributor off the bench for a good team. A great guy for spelling players and giving you a few quality minutes a night. Which is exactly why he isn't playing. Nothing says we are tanking the season more then not playing a guy who can help. Another failure for Collins.
Maurice Speights -- Power forward and Center one of the classic young kids with potential that litters this team's lineup. When he is motivated and aggresive he can be an effective rebounder and minor scorer. Problem is he does everything as a singular player, there is no team to anything he does. He doesn't play team defense or team offense he is just out there doing his thing. I credit Collins for getting him to play hard because he didn't early, but a "teacher" needs to be able to teach more then just the need to hussle and he hasn't, yet another failure.
Elton Brand -- Power Forward and oh no a Center. Elton can't play center, Elton doesn't want to play center, and there are far too many times when Collins puts him out there as the Center in classic four guard one undersized center sets. A true recipe for failure. The only thing that is accomplished with Elton at Center is tiring him out. He needs to play Power Forward only and for only 25 - 35 minutes a night, Collins can't even figure out that and that is easy.
Centers, Collins openly admits the centers are killing this team, the combo of Hawes, Speights, and Battie. Battie is his only real pro and he can only play 10 minutes. Hawes is starting to play half-decent, but Collins for the first time tonight against the Raptors gave the rookie Craig Brackins some playing time albeit at Power forward mostly. Brackins in one game showed more understanding of basketball and better skill then the quite a few of the big men, this didn't just happen. So way to keep another player that could help inactive and on the bench for 14 games.
These Sixers have talent, what they lack is leadership. They have enough quality bodies that in no way they should be 3-12. That this is acceptable is pathetic as an organization. There are games being played with this lineup by Collins and the front office that do not directly reflect who should or should not be on the court to try and win ballgames. The end result is the sloppiest of basketball, played by a team with no concept of team defense, who believe that they can get enough offense by just running and being a group of chuckers. As a head coach there is no reason for this to be the case, this is a more complete cast then the Heat and the heat can still manage to win games. Like I said its a bunch of same old same old top to bottom, ugly from start to finish. The house needs to be cleaned and no one has a broom. Just a lot of old white guys in the offices of the Sixers stealing the money they have always stole, putting out a product that has been terrible, is terrible and will always be terrible unless someone decides to change the culture. The East is a weak Conference and this team could easily be a 6th seed, that is if they weren't so clearly playing just to get a chance at a good draft pick. I am embaressed that they call this basketball. What is the worst thing of all, is that I know almost nothing about basketball, and even still this is self evident, how can Doug Collins and Rod Thorn know basketball and not see? Oh yeah that is right, they can see it they are just tanking the season. You do Philadelphia a diservice to buy a ticket to this mess, it is only by ignoring the team and staying away that anything will be better.
In short if this continues the fans of the Sixers should start a boycot of all things Sixers because this is just not right.
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