With longtime commissioner David Stern making the rounds on his farewell tour, it has led some to believe that incoming commissioner Adam Silver will be somewhat more receptive than his predecessor. There are many exciting, fresh ideas that have been on the table. LeBron James has even hinted he would like an opportunity to discuss some suggestions that he has with the incoming commissioner. A couple of the ideas I would like to discuss are expansion and the implementation of a 4 point line!
Expansion has been a hot topic for years now. It recently gained momentum last summer when the sale of the Sacramento Kings unfolded. For weeks, we were left wondering if the Kings would be moved to Seattle. Eventually, a deal was struck that kept the Kings in Sacramento. Thus, the Sonics were not to be. If Expansion occurs, it seems a forgone conclusion that Seattle will once again be home to an NBA franchise. With the NBA currently having thirty teams, it seems logical that the next expansion will include two new incoming teams. Seattle is far and away the leading candidate, virtually a lock, so what other cities could be in the running? I've done some research and here is the short list of metropolitan areas that are in contention for an NBA franchise. Las Vegas, St. Louis, Kansas City, Louisville, Richmond, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and San Jose,. Expansion is a very exciting idea, one that could have a domino affect on both division and conference alignments . I look forward to hearing your feedback, as well as any suggestions on cities that are more deserving than the ones I mentioned here.
I recently watched Truehoop t.v. on ESPN were the implementation of a 4pt. line was discussed. My first impression was that the guy being interviewed had watched the movie Baseketball a few to many times! As the conversation evolved, I slowly started buying in! The three point line as currently constituted at its furthest is 23 feet from the basket. The suggestion is to create a 4 point line at a distance of 28 feet. Currently players are shooting 23% from that distance and beyond. That effectively translates to 46% from a distance that nets 2 points. Instinct would tell us that this would lead to more players relying on long distance shooting. What's intriguing about this idea, is that it could lead to increased spacing on the floor! That spacing, would intern lead to more action in the paint through drives and slashes to the basket.