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If I Were Commissioner of the NBA

by Frank Layden

If I were commissioner of the NBA...

I’d put another team in New York,
specifically in Brooklyn. That would
give us 30 teams. I think it would be a
great rivalry between the Knicks and the
team in Brooklyn, who we will seek a name for.
(The Brooklyn Basket Cases —
That might be a good name for them.)
But I would put a team in Brooklyn.

If I were commissioner of the NBA...

I would pull the NBA teams out of Canada, moving the teams in Vancouver and Toronto to Anaheim, California, and somewhere else. How about a team in Oklahoma? I think they deserve a team. I would keep the NBA within the confines of the United States.

If I were commissioner of the NBA...

I would make some rule changes. I
would widen the free throw lanes, and I would cut the 24-second clock down to 18 seconds to see if we could get some
more shots and more fast-break basket
ball. I would take John Wooden's advice
and make the dunk count for one point.
I also would add an additional line outside the three-point line and create a
four- or five-point field goal. And if I
were commissioner, I think I would
probably allow goaltending, because I
think we're the only game in the world
in which we don't make every effort to
stop every opportunity to score.

If I were commissioner of the NBA...

Instead of having a women's league,
what I would do is add two women to
every existing NBA team. Whenever
one coach substituted a woman, the
other coach would have to put in a
woman. Maybe there would be designated quarters in which we'd have
women in the games.

If I were commissioner of the NBA...

I would seek to have somebody at
my side who was not only entertaining
but would also be somebody who was really creative in the game of basketball,
and I would willingly take that person's
advice. Now, the only person I can think
of who would be available to do that
would be myself, and I think that I could
be bought. If the commissioner saw fit
to raise enough money to pay me, I
would be willing to move to Greenwich,
Connecticut, and ride down to New
York City with him every day, and we
could discuss the problems of the league.

If I were commissioner of the NBA...

I would create one division in
California alone. I think it would be nice
to say, "Well, tomorrow we have to play
in San Jose, and the next day we have a
game in Santa Barbara." And I think
everybody would want to play on the
West Coast in that California division,
and I think that would be a lot of fun. It would make travel a lot easier.

If I were commissioner of the NBA...

I would envision the NBA having a
training camp very much like spring
training in baseball, which would cut
down on a lot of our expenses. All the
teams would go to one place —a warm
weather place, like Florida or Arizona —
and all the teams would practice against
one another. It would be good for the
fans, because they could go to one place
and see all the teams. I think it would
be good for training our players and
good for the cities where we held the
spring training. We'd practice against
one another and watch each other.

I think that all of these ideas should
certainly be considered even though I'm
not the commissioner and I never will be
the commissioner. I also know none of
them will ever be implemented —
because they make too much sense.

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