NBA Roundtable 1/20

This week the panel discusses the Adam Silver press conference. Corporate Logos on NBA jerseys? Will the NBA expand to Europe? This and much more.


1. Adam Silver held a press conference and discussed the possibility of the NBA expanding to Europe. Would this make any sense for the NBA to do this?
Steve: The same talk has been going on in the NFL about expanding to London. The problem lies is that travel is going to be the biggest issue. No way teams are going to be able to travel to London for a game or two, then fly back to the states and resume their schedule. Players will become jet lagged, and it may actually hurt their performance. This makes no sense for the NBA as it will not generate the revenue that they would expect.
David: No, the travel is just too much. You can’t really put an NBA2 league over there, as there are major leagues already in place. I could see some kind of affiliation over there with one of the major leagues, but I think having an actual team over there just isn’t realistic.
EJ: The NBA is popular world wide, for it’s an easy game for people of all backgrounds to play. All you need is a ball and a hoop (or milk crate, wheel, or whatever) but placing a franchise overseas doesn’t make any sense to me. The logistics behind placing a team in London, or in Paris, or in Madrid would be just too much to overcome. Scheduling, road trips, all possess great difficulty. The NBA would be better off with just maintaining the status quo.
Bill: No. Europe has it’s own leagues and has had them for a significant time and with great success. While the NBA brings a much flashier product and the potential for a much broader audience to see the best basketball players in the world, I don’t think it’ll pan out as well as either David Stern or Adam Silver would hope. There’s far too great a distance between the US and Europe to make regular matchups happen as they do here. Within Europe, however, that’s clearly not an obstacle. There are likely other issues to be discovered along the way that we aren’t considering beyond the logistical ones, too. I just don’t see how it would make sense why the NBA continues to explore this path when a full third or more of the teams here in the states are in the red and have been for an extended period of time. Hell, Seattle has been practically begging for another team and with a very capable ownership group just salivating at the chance… but the NBA feels that Europe is a more viable market? GTFO.
2. What do you feel about corporate sponsorships being on NBA jerseys as Silver stated that “It’s coming”?
Steve: I hate having corporate sponsors logos on jerseys. It makes the WNBA jerseys look pathetic. I suppose that if the logo just replaces the NBA logo on the upper right of the jersey and does not replace the name, team name, or number, I could possibly get on board. Anything after that would be horrible.
David: Depends. I do think its coming, and I do hate it. I don’t want to buy my Al Jefferson jersey and have it look like a McDonalds All-American teal jersey.
EJ: Maybe it’s because I’m a soccer fan, and someone who’s been into the game since I was very young, I don’t see what’s the big deal is about this. I see so many sports fans that appear to be opposed to sponsorship names on jerseys, and in soccer it’s old hat. As a Manchester United fan, I could care less what company is on the shirt. As long as that Red Devils logo is on the upper part of the shirt, and the players play for that, then I could care less who is fattening up the bankroll with their corporation name in front.
Bill: I’m not for it. I like my uniforms clean and devoid of anything unnecessary and corporate sponsorship logos just mess that up. Look at the WNBA’s jerseys for evidence of that. It’s bound to happen at some point, but I think it’s a poor move.
3. With the Hawks under new ownership, what percentage do you give them to keep the team in Atlanta after the 2016 season?
Steve: The Hawks have been in Atlanta since 1968, and they have not produced hardly anything since moving to Atlanta from St. Louis. That being said, they do have some history, and a solid fan base. I think they should and will stay in Atlanta for the foreseeable future.
David: 100% Atlanta is the 9th biggest market, and they are not going to go to Seattle and give up that footprint.
EJ: 100% because like the Sacramento deal, the NBA will ensure that the team remains in Atlanta. Atlanta isn’t a bad sports town, and it’s a town that loves basketball. It just doesn’t do the best job of supporting it. A lot of that falls on the past Hawks regimes that alienated it’s fans, but if you get the right owner that appeals to the growing millennial base of the New Atlanta, then the Hawks will be a team to fear both on and off the court. The ground swell is definitely there. The market is there. Just has to be properly tapped.
Bill: 100%. It’s adamantly clear that the NBA has little to no interest in allowing any established teams to move even if doing so makes more sense than keeping it there. As such, I fully expect the Hawks to remain right where they are.
4. Fill in the blank, Austin Rivers will _______ the Clippers?
Steve: “Be a distraction” I just don’t see how playing for his father would be good for the team. I can’t see Doc Rivers showing any sort of favoritism towards his son, but I can see some in the locker room having an issue with this. Just when you think the Clippers are safe. But only time will tell. I hope that they do well and can make a post season run. It would be great for the franchise after last seasons fallout.
David: “Not do Shit” I’m trying to see where Doc Rivers is a great coach. I mean since Orlando. Yes he has a title, but so does KC Jones.
EJ: Disappoint with the Clippers. There is nothing special about Austin Rivers. His game is pedestrian to say the least. He just happens to be Doc Rivers son. If anyone can get the best out of Austin, it should be Doc, but I don’t know if Austin’s best is good enough to be even a decent NBA player. Not trying to be a hater, but I look at the kid, and say thank goodness for his father because he’s a D-League talent at best.
Bill: “Not be any more productive than before even with his father’s guidance”. it’s pretty clear that Rivers is nowhere near as good a pro as he was a collegiate player and should have stayed in school to better hone his skills before making the jump.
5. There has been some talk of the Lakers shutting down Kobe Bryant for the rest of the season. First, will Kobe actually let this happen, and Second, Is it the right move?
Steve: Kobe is never going to allow this to happen. After sitting out last year, Kobe wants to be out on the floor. He is a competitor and even if his team has no chance to do anything, Kobe is going to do whatever he can do to help his team succeed and develop the other talent (or lack there of) in the organization. Kobe is a Laker and will play if he feels he can help the team.
David: They have their own pick? I could see it, but it makes zero sense to kill one of his last year. Getting his PPG isn’t as important as getting that career total closer to Kareem. I would think he would rather play 20 minutes a game for the rest of his season, than take 2-3 months off to heal.
EJ: For the sake of the Lakers trying to keep their 2015 draft pick (it reverts to the Suns if it falls outside of the top 5) it makes sense to shut down Kobe A.S.A.P. However, I can’t see Kobe being willing to do that at the end of his career. So, it is the right move to shut Kobe down, in the hope they keep the pick and possibly make a run at a player that can improve the franchise, but I can’t see Kobe wanting to sit down. He’s near the end. He’s likely more concerned about his and the Lakers present than the Lakers future without him.
Bill: I don’t think Bryant is willing to hang it up entirely at this point, but signs are pointing to his mind set changing somewhat on the topic. It’s been rumored he’s even considered retiring at season’s end if his body just isn’t up to it. It’s also been said that he wants to play beyond the end of his current contract, so only Bryant knows what’s going to happen at this point. As for it being the right move, for every game Bryant helps the Lakwrs win, the greater the odds the Lakers move down in the lottery and ensuring the Suns get a solid pick as part of the Nash deal. if memory serves me correctly, the pick is top-5 protected only. Seeing how poor the Lakers are in a heavily loaded Western Conference and without Julius Randle, why chance it? The Lakers seem to be trying to rebuild through the draft and that takes losses. Lots of them in most cases. Bryant, even hobbled, puts that at risk.

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