How to Fix the NBA

I’m not an NBA fan. I would classify myself as a sportsaholic, so I pay attention to what goes on in the NBA to some degree. I am a huge basketball fan, just not into the NBA. (Also, and this really doesn’t matter to this blog, I would consider myself a Celtics “well wisher,” fan would imply that there’s some small thing missing in my life when they lose, or suck, or don’t play because of a lockout. That’s not really the case.

But I love basketball. It was actually the first game I really learned, and learned to love. I still watch college basketball with wide eyes, and can’t wait for the conference championships to start each year.

I really would like to see this lockout work. I love that the NBA is locked out for selfish reasons, like hockey ratings doubling or tripling because sports junkies will always watch sports. But I also love it because it really could fix this league. I’ve prescribed five steps that I think could fix the game at the NBA level.

First is the three year delay. The NFL has benefitted from causing all draft prospects to wait until three years after their high school graduation to register for the draft. The result is long college careers, which gives you more mature people in the league in a lot of cases (I realize there are still a bunch of morons in the NFL, but there are probably just as many morons playing in the NBA, where the total number of players is less than 1/3 of the NFL).

But it also results in a more balanced style of play and players that are ready to play team basketball. Look at the guys that play 3-4 years of college versus the guys who came out of high school. Prior to a few years ago, you got a better player if he had played a few years in college, until teams started cherry picking raw talent from the freshmen class.

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Who Do I Want? NHL Offseason

If this dude doesn’t do it for you from what you’ve seen in the NHL, here he is ruining Roberto LeBrongo. Who can’t get behind that?

There are probably Bruins who are only just now going to sleep for the first time since winning Lord Stanley’s hardware. This hasn’t stopped me from crunching numbers and looking for the piece that makes the next cup possible.

No telling which way B’s management is looking, but I figure the departures of Kaberle, Ryder and Recchi are fairly certain. I see Caron and Kampfer as the immediate replacements, and if you slot them in, the team would have just over $5 million in cap room.

That leaves an interesting amount of wiggle room for the Bruins front office. They would absolutely have to move some money to make a play at the top UFA’s, such as Brad Richards.

But the $5 million or so that the team will have to work with come July is enough to make lesser moves without losing anyone currently carrying the cup around the North End and getting smashed.

One wonders if the team will be willing to try to snipe RFA’s at the peril of its draft picks. The Bruins don’t have a history of making a play for significant RFA’s, but perhaps the relief of having a championship eases their worries about making such mistakes.

Does Zach Parise become a serious possibility? The Devils have 6 RFA’s and 3 UFA’s, Parise being one of the former. If Parise left Jersey for a million dollar raise this year via restricted free agency, it would cost his new team a first and a third round pick.

Not sure if Jersey could mismanage itself badly enough to lose Parise, or if Boston would part with the picks, but a guy can dream…

And outside of that, I’m not sure who I want this offseason. Meditate on this, I will.