…You read that right. 12 teams over the next 16 years should be added to the NBA and the WNBA–4 to the NBA and 8 to the WNBA. Given the cross-promotion during the NBA All-Star Weekend for the last 16 years fueled speculation the two leagues might merge, I think it’s time the WNBA in particular added more teams to the league.
These are the 8 cities I’m looking at to put a WNBA team:
- Oklahoma City
- Boston/New England*
* Denotes this city used to host a WNBA team
Most remember the Houston Comets, who won 4 Championships in a row. Some might remember the Detroit Shock but it’s doubtful anyone remembers the New England Blizzard, which played in at home in Boston and Connecticuit. The obvious question to ask is why were these three franchises disbanded. The answer is simple: Money.
The WNBA is the first women’s pro league yet it hasn’t been given the same chance to shine as the NBA. Few people are even aware that in general, WNBA players are paid a fraction of what NBA players make even though they do the same thing prettymuch. Both the current and previous commissioners have lied to fans of the game saying WNBA players get the same treatment as NBA players: NBA Players don’t need to play in Europe or China during the off season for example. Why? Because the WNBA can barely pay its players.
The WNBA has been losing money for at least the last 10 years. The WNBA Season was shortened and some franchises were disbanded in a bid to cut operating costs. Can you imagine if this happened in the NBA? I’d say it’s especially embarrassing the team that had two of the best WNBA players in history–Lisa Leslie and Sheryl Swoops–are dusbanded. The team needs to be brought back.
For those who don’t bother to pay attention, the WNBA no longer has an Eastern and a Western Conference or even divisions: The 8 teams with the best record are automatically in the playoffs at the end of the season. There ARE only 12 teams so…yeah. My proposal would bring the number of teams to 20 by 2032. All of the listed cities have an NBA Team so they won’t need to build a new arena.
…As everyone is aware, the Seattle Supersonics left the northwest after the 2006-07 season and became the Oklahoma City Thunder. Seattle basketball fans have been asking the NBA to bring back the Supersonics ever since. The problem: NBA Commissioner Adam Silva recently stated the NBA has no plans on adding new expansion teams at this time. A possible team in Louisville, Kentucky that likely would already have an arena to play in would add another team to the East, bringing the total number of NBA teams to 32.
There actually WAS an ABA team in Louisville until 1975–The Kentucky Colonels and yes, they were named after Colonel Sanders of KFC fame. Of course, there is the NCAA Basketball team based in Louisville. Given how many NBA players came out of that NCAA team, WHY there isn’t an NBA team there makes no sense.
This bring us to the other two expansion teams: Put a team St. Louis in the East and the other in Las Vegas in the West. This will bring the total number of NBA teams to 34. Putting an NBA Team in St. Louis will help offset the fact the city recently lost their NFL team, the Rams. On that note, it is also true St. Louis had a football team named the Cardinals but they moved to Phoenix. LOL. If the Cardinals NBA team fails, they can move the franchise to Cincinnati, OH or Buffalo, NY. An NBA team in Las Vegas would be huge, more so given the Raiders are in talks with the city ro move there after the upcoming NFL Season. Money wouldn’t be a problem.
If these teams work out come 2032, then we can look at adding two additional NBA teams, both in Canada: Ottawa in the East and Vancouver in the West. The Grizzlies were originally in Vancouver of course. The team never made the playoffs when it was north of the boarder and never had the following the Raptors got early on. Attendance was low to boot. It was always in its eastern counterpart’s shadow. Ottawa has an NHL team, yes but it is the capital of Canada. The Raptors are a few years from winning their first Championship–about 3 years I’d say–and when they do, the demand will certainly grow. This will bring the total number of NBA Teams to 36.
Factoring the new proposed teams, there would be 18 in each conference and 6 in each division:
- Boston Celtics
- New York Knicks
- Brooklyn Nets
- Philadelphia 76ers
- Toronto Raptors
- Ottawa Team
- Chicago Bulls
- Cleveland Caveliers
- Detroit Pistons
- Indiana Pacers
- Louisville Colonels
- Milwaukee Bucks
- Miami Heat
- Orlando Magic
- Charlotte Hornets
- Washington Wizards
- Atlanta Hawks
- St. Louis Team
- Golden State Warriors
- LA Clippers
- LA Lakers
- Sacremento Kings
- Phoenix Suns
- Vancouver Team
- Dallas Mavericks
- Houston Rockets
- San Antonio Spurs
- New Orleans Pelicans
- Memphis Grizzlies
- Las Vegas Team
- Denver Nuggets
- Portland Trailblazers
- Minnesota Timberwolves
- Oklahoma City Thunder
- Utah Jazz
- Seattle Supersonics
…That’s how I have it mapped out. Each division gains a new team. The Season would also have to be extended to 96 games to accommodate the extra teams. Either the season runs 3 weeks longer or begins 3 weeks sooner. The playoff format could remain the same: The top 8 from each conference make the playoffs for a total of 16 teams. 20 teams don’t make the cut. Option 2 is increasing the playoff format from 8 per conference to 16 per conference for a total of 32 teams. 2 teams wouldn’t make the cut at all. Of course, for this to work the playoffs would be changed to best of 5 but would still last until the end of June. Option 3 would be similar to the WNBA’s new format: The top 16 teams regardless of conference make the playoffs. The ensures the teams with the best records overall make the playoffs.
Regardless, I think it’s time for some radical change in the NBA and the WNBA. What could be more radical than just merging both leagues?
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I didn’t think I would find myself having to seriously do this given the last few times I did, I had a bi-weekly income. As of March 11, I don’t. As I mentioned to a few folks via social media, I am on a voluntary unpaid medical leave of absence and have been since that date. My needs are few but I am in need of money to support myself through the summer months. GofundMe has strict rules about what you can fundraise for so I am using my Paypal Account’s donation system instead.
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KD and Westbrook punched the Thunder’s ticket to the West Finals when the finished off the Spurs last night. DeMar DeRozan is looking to do the same in Miami tonight. If they can get it done, they will face LBJ and the Cavs in the next round. It would be very fitting if the Raptors can close out the series tonight and would herald a change in the times. ESPN Pundits predicted the Spurs would beat the Thunder 6-1 in 5 games.
The Thunder, like the Raptors so far defied all odds and expectations folks had for ’em. Miami is in a win or go home situation and things aren’t looking good for them: The Raptors already proved they can win in Miami and if they lose tonight, they’ll definitely win Game 7 in Toronto. The pressure is on Miami to even up the series but a somewhat indifferent Dwayne Wade and Bosh out due to illness, their chances of winning aren’t very good. If the Heat are eliminated tonight or Sunday (if there is a Game 7), Bosh will likely blame the team for not letting him play, etc. Nevermind the fact that this would be the Raptors’ first East Finals appearance in its 20-year franchise history: The then Vancouver Grizzlies, who never made the playoffs when they were in Canada both joined as expansion teams in ’96. The Grizzlies made the playoffs a few times after they moved to Memphis 10 years ago but never made it past the first round.
…This is the matchup everyone is expecting in the finals: A repeat of last year. Golden State already proved they can win in the playoffs without Steph Curry–they got through most of the first two rounds without him technically–and Cleveland swept through the first two rounds 8-0. The Raptors will take a bit more time but I expect them to win. Same with OKC. I expect the Warriors and the Cavs to win the conference finals in 6 games with the Warriors repeating as NBA Champions in 7 games. If the Cavs are still together next year, they will give Cleveland its first championship since 1964.
…This brings us back to the biggest free agent of the off-season: Kevin Durant. It goes without saying weather he leaves or not rides on how they do in the West Finals vs. The Warriors. All the talk about where he might go means nothing if he decides to resign with OKC. After they upset the Spurs, that’s now a real possability. If they push the Warriors to 7 games–and they certainly could–that could be the deciding factor. That said, he’s being given alot of reason to stay on for at least another year.
IF he decides to leave, it makes the most sense for him to head East and specifically to this team:
My bias as a Celtics fan aside, there is no other team that can afford to trade for him in the Eastern Conference. Experts say Jimmy Butler or even Joakim Noah (both of the Chicago Bulls; Butler’s an unrestricted Free Agent) will be needed to convince KD to head to the Atlantic Division. Danny Ainge made it known last week the Celtics can get Butler, Noah or even Marc Gasol (another Bulls free agent) and still get KD afterward with whatever will be left over from the trade to bring one of them to Boston.
No other team in the East would be a good fit for him: Cleveland has their big three and there’s talk Chris Bosh might leave Miami if the Heat are eliminted from the playoffs in protest. That would leave D-Wade as the only vet on Miami. Hassan Whiteside wouldn’t be enough of a draw for him to go to Miami. New York’s got too much management-level drama and it seems Orlando has the same problem. Indiana wouldn’t be willing to give up who they’d need to in order to get him either. Everyone else isn’t strong enough for him to be bothered.
Going to another team in the West means competing with the Warriors, Clippers, Jazz, Kings and possibly the Lakers if they get Bosh from Miami and Al Horford from Atlanta. Oh and OKC of course. Makes no sense for him to go to another team in the West knowing he’ll have to deal with the Warriors if he wants to get to the NBA finals next year. Or he could head East and only have to worry about LBJ, who definitely isn’t invincible.
…Remember, KD’s been to the NBA Finals and know what that feels like. He will want to play on a team that can at least make it to the conference finals. The Celtics would’ve gotten to the second round if they didn’t have injuries early on VS Atlanta. If they had a healthy roster, they would’ve easily pushed Cleveland to 7 games. KD and Butler will ensure they get to the East Finals. If the Celtics get KD and Butler, a third vet might want in on the fun to complement the set:
Let’s be honest, Doc Rivers brought him to the Clippers specifically for the playoffs. That obviously didn’t work out with the injuries that hit their top two players. He was part of the 2nd unit and had his minutes limited during his time in LA–his hometown, actually–which is very different from his time with the Nets and the Wizards. Pierce has also expressed an interest in closing out his career with the Celtics. This might be the best time for such a trade happen. Doc Rivers said Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin are off the table. The same wasn’t said about The Truth or fellow former Celtic Jeff Green, who would be the next best thing the Celtics could get from the Clippers. I think a deal to bring either former Celtic back to Boston could happen even if the Celtics get Butler and KD. It certainly helps Doc Rivers is both the coach and the President of the Clippers.
No one can overlook the fact KD holds the advantage regardless of what he decides. Weather he leaves OKC or not is 100% up to him. Weather he signs with another team or not is entirely up to him. I would not be surprised if he decides to stay in OKC. I’d be fine with that if he doesn’t sign with Boston next year😄