Two years ago
NBL v NBA (Series in General).
We all like what's happening in this series but I can't help thinking if there is not more to get out of it. Asit stands now, we know who's going to win and if they don't, then we will have all sorts of "only pre-season", "a fluke", type of responses.
If we were to send our top 4 teams from prev season (as a trophy for good performance prev year), and they were to play their bottom 4, (sort of like their lottery) we may have a real contest as well as the "show".
Now if we win some games, maybe we can say that we do belong in the lower half of the NBA. Like all the teams in the lower half of the NBA. Much better than no REAL chance.
I feel sure that no team wants the chance of losing to teams from lower leagues. The top teams in the NBA can win without real effort. The specticle suffers when it's easy for 1 team. The lower teams would genuinely need to try, to beat top teams from down under. Much more entertaining and everyone gets something out of pre-season showcases.
Many of us will say what about the promotional value of playing against the world's best. Well, for committed fans the promo value is minimised, we watch anyway. The non basketball fan, whom we would want to attract to grow our sport, would not know or care if we play Detroit, New York or the Harlem GTs.
The real hurdle will come from the NBA as they would not want any team (in the NBA) to be bettered by anyone else (not in the NBA).
Likes and Dislikes please!