By Wally Jacobs @Wjac1 on March 28, 2014
There have been plenty of stories in the NBA this season. From fashion sense to potential dynasties, the league really isn't short on water cooler topics. That doesn't mean the product can't be improved, however.
Here are five ways the NBA could improve the league before the start of the 2014-15 season.
There's really no point for the sleeve jerseys other than to sell them to fans. They also have no functional purpose and players such as LeBron James have already spoken out about not wanting to wear them. Here's an idea NBA: Sell the sleeve jerseys to fans, but don't make teams wear them. Problem solved.
Seattle always had one of the best fanbases in the NBA, challenged Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls in the Finals in 1996 and has a 1979 championship. That's one more championship than most teams have today. Commissioner Adam Silver needs to expand and put a team back in Seattle where professional basketball belongs. It's unrealistic to expect a team there by next season, but the NBA could start the framework to make it happen.
Before the 1990s, the use of three officials was unheard of. Then the 'Badboy' Detroit Pistons took the league by storm and would intentionally hit opponents every time the ball was in the air. The league implemented the third official to cut down on cheap shots, but it is no longer necessary since all of those former Pistons are long retired. Less officials also means less bad calls.
This is another outdated rule that has to go. Teams are forced to have at minimum 12 players and cannot suit up more than that. However, they are allowed to have up to 15 total players on their team. But with more NBA D-League players being called up to the pros, it would benefit the NBA to showcase more of those players who are on 10-day contracts.
The one-and-done rule hurts both college basketball and the NBA badly. Basically, the NCAA loses out on talented returning players while the NBA becomes overrun with unseasoned, unpolished and immature players who aren't ready for a grueling 82-game season. A mandatory three years in college would make more sense for everybody.
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