Someone sent me a message about the NBA and competitive imbalance I wrote about in the post on “Commissioner Stern to coach NBA Team“. They agree with my comments. However, they didn’t mention the biggest problem with the NBA. It’s fake. It’s fixed. Its the league’s preference for a few powerful teams that drives everything they do. For instance, in the league’s official statement on the fine, Stern says:
The Spurs decided to make four of their top players unavailable for an early-season game that was the team’s only regular-season visit to Miami. The team also did this without informing the Heat, the media, or the league office in a timely way.
Since when does one team have to inform the other team who they are going to play? Now I could see if the Spurs were playing the Wizards or Bucks. They were playing the Miami Heat. Perhaps the Heat should be able to draw fans based upon the fact they are NBA Champions?
My problem is, there are certain teams that dictate to the league what the league is going to do. If this happened against the Wizards, this isn’t even an issue. But the Heat? Gotta do something. That team treats Stern like he’s one of Mickey Arison’s cabin boys. Meanwhile, Stern sharpens his knife against San Antonio.
Mark Cuban, global douchebag claims it is correct for the league to fine the Spurs, but the reason he gives is in order to placate TNT. Cuban states if the game hadn’t been on national television, no one would have cared. He may have a point.
Cuban called the national television contracts “the money train” for the NBA, pointing out that those contracts are the difference in the league being profitable or not “by a long shot.”
Ok, the NBA is a business. But Stern approved a move by the Seattle Sonics from the 14th largest TV market to the 45th largest in Oklahoma City. Stern also didn’t fine San Antonio for pulling Duncan, Parker and Ginobili from a game against the Utah Jazz in April 2012 that may have directly influenced playoff positioning:
The trio stayed behind in San Antonio rather than travel to Salt Lake City. The Spurs (40-14) beat the Jazz 114-104 in San Antonio on Sunday night and already have clinched a playoff spot.
Coach Greg Popovich called the decision a “no brainer” looking at the schedule, with 12 games remaining.
Sound familiar? Despite the potential problem with playoff positioning, no fine resulted. But a November TV appearance is a bigger issue? Like I’ve always said, Stern wants San Antonio and Oklahoma City to be sacrificial lambs for his favored squads in Los Angeles, Miami and New York.
Back to the main thrust of this article: The NBA’s competitive imbalance is so huge, such a gulf between good and bad, there are teams that won’t win a title for 25 years. AT LEAST 25 years. The Wizards, Bucks, BobCats, Hawks, Raptors, Pacers, Timberwolves, Nuggets, Jazz and Warriors won’t win for a quarter-century. It just won’t happen. The teams on the coast will dominate the league because players love playing in vacation and marketing spots. The NBA press, consisting of douches like Wilbon love going to vacation spots like LA, Miami, New York City and the like. They don’t want to go to Dallas, San Antonio, Oklahoma City and other midwestern towns where “there’s nothing to do there.” Like get wasted and pick up smoking hot hookers. I’d give a dollar to find out how many sports media personalities have been arrested for solicitation during NBA Finals.
Since Stern became commissioner in 1984, only eight teams have won NBA titles. Eight out of thirty teams in 28 years. It’s a near-certainty that one of those eight will win the title this year.
In the previous 11 years before Stern’s dictatorship began, eight teams won NBA titles.