Hello NBA crazies! Are you missing your basketball? I know I am. I’ve decided that we can cancel the NBA season as it is known this year so that the players and owners can talk all the way through December to try and come up with the best possible deal for both sides. Personally, I think a 50/50 BRI split, a higher penalty for the luxury tax teams, perhaps a reduction in the mid-level exception and pay raises, but for the most part, everything would appear peachy. Everyone is tired to DEATH of hearing about these “negotiations”, so I have taken it upon myself to create something that is totally unheard of. I have devised something that would boggle the minds of every NBA fan, every basketball fan, and every single sports fan in the world. Are you ready? Do you think you can handle the awesomeness of this plan to revolutionize the 2011-2012 NBA season? If you think you can handle it, take the jump to read more. If not, perhaps you should just browse the site and read some other articles and comment on them.
So, if the players and owners want to take to December to reach a deal, I have an offer that they can mull over. Let’s say a deal gets reached by or before December 31st. No plans will need to be reached to squeeze a 40-game or 50-game season into what is going to simply be known as the 2012 season. There are 30 teams in the league. Do you like March Madness? Do you like the NCAA tournament? Well folks, that is exactly where we are going. I wish to unveil a 30 game, mad dash to the May Massacre! I will allow for a 1 month (January) training camp/free agent signing, but after that month, starting in February, there will be 30 games stuck into February, March, and April. Doing the math, that is roughly 10 games a month. There are 4 weeks in each month, so there will be at least 1 game a week, and depending on arena availability, there may never be a need for a back to back. Each team will play every other team in its division 2 times. There will be a home game and an away game for each matchup. At the end of these games, the teams will be ranked accordingly (Eastern Conference and Western Conference separately). Here is where it gets tricky. Being that there are 15 teams per conference, there will be 2 teams that get a bye. Those 2 teams will be the 2 teams with the best record in the east and the west. It will get even more interesting. They will NOT be playing any tournament games on their home court unless it is by pure chance. We will, however, take into consideration that if there is a possibility to have a hometown favorite playing in a host city, it would be scheduled as such. We will take 2 of the lowest grossing teams in the east and the west, and that will be the homes for the 1st round of the tournament. For example, let’s say that Indiana and Charlotte will be the home of the first round for the East, and
West Coast Seeding Results
Portland Trail Blazers
East Coast Seeding Results
You guys just knew that our Bobcats were going to win their first championship, right? At any rate, the first thing that has to happen is that the owners need to come down to Earth and make the nuts and bolts of the CBA “livable”. As it stands now, it appears to be a blatant shot at resetting the entire NBA structure in one fell swoop. The players have given back and given back. At this point , the 50/50 split that the players are willing to go with seems really fair (that would be $3.3 billion back to the owners) considering that all they want in return is to make some adjustments to the existing deal to make the CBA much more reasonable for themselves and for future players. I hope something changes soon in the hearts of both sides and we are seeing some basketball before 2012. I have a sneaking suspicion, however, that we won’t see it unless something huge happens today. If the sides decide they need through December to get a deal done, maybe they will consider my NBA Bracket Challenge? What better to follow March Madness than May Mayhem?