Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:23 am
 

A Better Fit for New York and Brooklyn

The Knicks and Nets need to work together and for the sake of New York professional basketball make a move that will benefit both franchises, trade Carmelo Anthony and Jeremy Lin for Deron Williams.

New York needs a top point guard to run D'Antoni's system and Williams being paired with Amar'e Stoudemire would be a big advantage for both of them. Williams performs better being the second scoring option and will thrive with D'Antoni, giving Amar'e Stoudemire exactly what he has needed all this time.  The Knicks move Landry Fields into the starting small forward spot, Iman Shumpert at shooting guard and J.R. Smith becomes the sixth man backing up at the two and three positions. Having Williams running the show in New York would be huge for everybody involved.

The Nets win big here too! They get a super star who is from Brooklyn, along with Jeremy Lin and Brooklyn's 243,000 Asian population with 163,000 being Chinese Americans. Think of the homecoming the Nets will get when they move into their new stadium, who could ask for more. The Nets weakest position now becomes their strongest with Anthony, the backcourt stays intact with Lin and Farmar anchoring the point, and the Nets keep the dream of landing Dwight Howard alive; maybe even increase their chances of landing Howard considering his friendship with Melo.

It's a win, win situation for both teams and something they can make happen, only if they would see the light before it's too late.

Category: NBA
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:31 am
 

NBA Outlook: Teams, Divisions and Conferences

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?

The Pacific Division stays intact, the Kings stay in Sacramento and the Clippers get that shiny new stadium in Anaheim. With no movement in the Central Division either.


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 >>

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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.

Category: NBA
 
 
 
 
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