Cohen 8-Ball: Problem & Solution
April 16, 2013
Josh Cohen's Analysis: By January, five to seven teams are all but mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. By February, that total jumps from eight to 10. And by March; 10-12 teams are pretty much out of it. As a result, winning games once the playoffs are impractical becomes counterproductive (draft lottery percentages). It seems beyond logical for the NBA to adopt a formula to keep every team – regardless of the standings – engaged for the entire season. Do the Bucks, for instance, really deserve an automatic playoff berth? CLICK NEXT FOR SOLUTION
It’s been faintly mentioned before, but this strategy would repair the problem. It’s very simple, too. The top seven teams from each conference advance to the playoffs and the final slot is decided off a single-elimination tournament. So basically, the 16 teams that didn’t automatically qualify get one last chance to earn a trip to the postseason. In each round, the team with the better record gets the home-court advantage and the tournament emerges without any skipped days to avoid a dragged-out process.
It is sometimes apparent that teams purposely secure a specific playoff seeding to create a more favorable matchup. This season, for instance, it sure seemed Boston zoomed in on New York as a No. 7 seed rather than make every attempt to climb up to play either Indiana or Brooklyn. Earning a higher seed, however, should deliver more benefits than just a home-court edge. CLICK NEXT FOR SOLUTION
It’s the pick-your-opponent concept and it would generate enthralling drama leading into the playoffs and after each round is complete. So for example, Miami, which owns the best record in the league, would choose its opponent in the First Round and assuming it advances, the subsequent rounds. The teams with the next best records would follow suit. In the case of the Knicks, for instance, they could avoid the Celtics and choose to play the Hawks even though Atlanta is higher in the standings than Boston.
The NBA Finals is an awesome event and could rival the NFL’s Super Bowl if not exceed it. The problem is; only two cities and two fan bases are fully engaged in it. In the NFL, regardless of which teams are playing in the Super Bowl, everyone is betrothed by it especially because there is a central location for people to congregate. CLICK NEXT FOR SOLUTION
The first four games of the NBA Finals are hosted in different cities and in football-sized stadiums. Like we saw in 2010 when the All-Star Game was played in Dallas at Cowboys Stadium, the ambiance and pageantry would attract the entire NBA universe. And what would make it even more riveting is the fact that the event would spread across four different locations and venues. Since the last three games of the series are not necessary and can’t be planned ahead of time, those games could be played at the arenas of the teams competing for a title.
The preseason is meant to get the players in shape and have teams start gelling before the games actually count. Understood, makes sense. However, it would be ideal if the exhibition schedule provided more stylishness and excitement. CLICK NEXT FOR SOLUTION
Like it is in pro baseball where teams relocate for a month and practice in a set alternative location (Florida and Arizona), the NBA should go overseas in October and situate in variety of countries. The model is: the 30 teams are divided into groups of five with there being six different locations. So for instance, the Magic, Bulls, Lakers, Pistons and Spurs could be assigned to Madrid, Spain where they will play their exhibition games against one another and hold their practices there as well. Just think how much more enthused other countries would be for the NBA.