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    I am curious what you PD posters think the future of the NBA looks like.


    Will the NBA go up in popularity or down or sideways?


    I think it will retreat to the pre Bird, Magic Johnson, Jordan days, if it hasn't already.


    What say you?

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    Depending on where you live your answer likely will be very different. In most NBA cities the NBA is flouishing. Obviously in Indianapolis it is not.

    It finally looks like New Orleans even has finally caught on that the Hornets are a special team and they have started selling out.

    So if you take away Seattle, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Memphis, probably Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia - other franchises are flouishing.

    The weatern conference as a whole has never been more exciting or interesting - the Lakers are once again one of the best teams in the NBA - which is good for the league - people either love or hate the Lakers and that is a good thing. The Celtics have returned to the NBA landscape and are selling out every game.

    I can't wait until the playoffs, they should be fantastic. If the Finals are lakers vs Celtics the ratings will likely be the highest they have been in about 10 years.

    Things are just fine for the league.

    Many, many good young stars coming up. Paul, Roy, Oden....

    If you look at the cities where attendance has risen substantially - Boston, Portland, Orlando, Utah, Golden State - add those to cities that have been selling out for a couple of seasons now - Lakers, Cavs, Pistons, Bulls, Heat (even the knicks still get large crowds) Spurs, Mavs, Suns. Things are in good shape.
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    I think it is staying where it is at in North America but it is going up everywhere else because of the talks I have been hearing about NBA europe which to me is a bad idea but that is nor hear nor there.

    I dont hear a lot about the NBA in everyday life minus PD being from Canada cause lets face it even if the Raptors won a Championship a HUGE part of canada would not even care as much as say the Leafs winning or another big name canada team winning in the NHL.

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    LeBron is gonna bring this whole thing to a new level.

    He could be the most well-known person in the world in 10 years.

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    Depending on where you live your answer likely will be very different. In most NBA cities the NBA is flouishing. Obviously in Indianapolis it is not.

    It finally looks like New Orleans even has finally caught on that the Hornets are a special team and they have started selling out.

    So if you take away Seattle, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Memphis, probably Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia - other franchises are flouishing.

    The weatern conference as a whole has never been more exciting or interesting - the Lakers are once again one of the best teams in the NBA - which is good for the league - people either love or hate the Lakers and that is a good thing. The Celtics have returned to the NBA landscape and are selling out every game.

    I can't wait until the playoffs, they should be fantastic. If the Finals are lakers vs Celtics the ratings will likely be the highest they have been in about 10 years.

    Things are just fine for the league.

    Many, many good young stars coming up. Paul, Roy, Oden....

    If you look at the cities where attendance has risen substantially - Boston, Portland, Orlando, Utah, Golden State - add those to cities that have been selling out for a couple of seasons now - Lakers, Cavs, Pistons, Bulls, Heat (even the knicks still get large crowds) Spurs, Mavs, Suns. Things are in good shape.

    I assumed that hardcore fans like you would see only the rosey side of the picture, and that is fine. I consider myself a hardcore "basketball" fan and not necessary hardcore NBA so I see it differently than you. I don't believe the NBA can survie with just the hardcore fans, such as yourself. That is why you see the side show type atmosphere at the games, to supposedly attract the casual fan.

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    I assumed that hardcore fans like you would see only the rosey side of the picture, and that is fine. I consider myself a hardcore "basketball" fan and not necessary hardcore NBA so I see it differently than you. I don't believe the NBA can survie with just the hardcore fans, such as yourself. That is why you see the side show type atmosphere at the games, to supposedly attract the casual fan.
    Attendance is very strong this season. I wasn't making all that up

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    I assumed that hardcore fans like you would see only the rosey side of the picture, and that is fine. I consider myself a hardcore "basketball" fan and not necessary hardcore NBA so I see it differently than you. I don't believe the NBA can survie with just the hardcore fans, such as yourself. That is why you see the side show type atmosphere at the games, to supposedly attract the casual fan.
    Why are you even asking, if all you are going to do is attempt to discredit those who do not agree with you? You asked a question, why not just take their answers for what they are, not what you want them to be.....

    You do this quite often!

    As for the state of the league, IMHO.... It is just fine. Just because Indy is having a hard time with their team, it doesn't mean the league is in crisis. Hey, the NFL team about 100 miles southeast of here has the same problems with players and PR, but I don't think the NFL is going anywhere.
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    Why are you even asking, if all you are going to do is attempt to discredit those who do not agree with you? You asked a question, why not just take their answers for what they are, not what you want them to be.....

    You do this quite often!

    My wording might have seemed like I was discrediting him, however that is not the case. Are there not several classification of NBA fans? I was only stating that UB was a hardcore fan and that his opinion is and would be different than say a casual fan would be. Why the hostility?


    I assumed that hardcore fans like you would see only the rosey side of the picture, and that is fine. I consider myself a hardcore "basketball" fan and not necessary hardcore NBA so I see it differently than you. I don't believe the NBA can survie with just the hardcore fans, such as yourself. That is why you see the side show type atmosphere at the games, to supposedly attract the casual fan.
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    15 teams basically sell out every game. - That is pretty good. Next season attendance will really drop in Miami, and probably Chicago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elgin56 View Post
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    My wording might have seemed like I was discrediting him, however that is not the case. Are there not several classification of NBA fans? I was only stating that UB was a hardcore fan and that his opinion is and would be different than say a casual fan would be. Why the hostility?
    The "wording" to your rebuttle came across to me as if he was not knowledgable enough to give an opinion that you found satisfactory since he actually enjoys the NBA more then a casual fan or a college basketball fan.


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    I assumed that hardcore fans like you would see only the rosey side of the picture, and that is fine. I consider myself a hardcore "basketball" fan and not necessary hardcore NBA so I see it differently than you. I don't believe the NBA can survie with just the hardcore fans, such as yourself. That is why you see the side show type atmosphere at the games, to supposedly attract the casual fan.
    You assume an awful lot if you think that I don't see problems that this league is having with character issues and image of its players. I was just stating that the league will be just fine WARTS and all. That doesn't say anything about the Pacers, but you didnt ask about the Pacers, you mentioned the LEAGUE. The NBA isn't the only league having these issues, but I don't see these issues being the death of the NBA or any league for that matter.
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    The "wording" to your rebuttle came across to me as if he was not knowledgable enough to give an opinion that you found satisfactory since he actually enjoys the NBA more then a casual fan or a college basketball fan.




    You assume an awful lot if you think that I don't see problems that this league is having with character issues and image of its players. I was just stating that the league will be just fine WARTS and all. That doesn't say anything about the Pacers, but you didnt ask about the Pacers, you mentioned the LEAGUE.
    I never made that assumption about you, don't know where you got that from my post.

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    I never made that assumption about you, don't know where you got that from my post.
    I give up...
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    The NBA will never reach the status of Bird vs Magic. I never see it higher than:
    NFL
    NASCAR
    College Football
    MLB
    College Basketball

    What I do see happening is change in format. Whether shorter seasons/playoffs or Euro teams, the NBA needs to change. And I think that Stern is too stubborn to do that.

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    I give up...
    OK, please point out my transgression.

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    Until McDonalds is selling a McJames burger and someone surpasses the Air Jordan basketball shoe, it is a notch below the Jordan era. Until someone wins 6 championships and spends a year in between 3-peats to play professional baseball because he needed a greater challenge, Jordan will not be surpassed. After Jordan, came Shaq/Kobe and that never reached the same level. They were pretty dominant, but selfishness destroyed that team. It could have been one of the greatest, but personal ego got in the way. IMO, Kobe might be more naturally talented than any player to ever play the game, but there is more to winning and leading a team to a championship, than pure talent.

    As for the Bird/Magic era, it was a unique situation where their teams dominated the NBA for years....after they competed for the NCAA championship...two of the greatest to ever play the game dominating the game. It was white against black. Left coast against right. It was one style against a very different one. There has never been a more interesting rivalry in NBA basketball...and I hazard to guess there may never be another one.

    What does the future hold? I hope something better. I expect something better. The Lakers are looking pretty good right now. Detroit is playing well. The Spurs will make their usual run.

    ...yawn!
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    I think the future of the NBA is getting better each day as guys like Dwight Howard, Lebron, Wade, Kobe and Mello continue to grow and develop their games. Also add guys like Garnett, Shaq, Kidd, Timmy, Dirk and Chris Paul who are dominating or were dominate that still play at a high level and exhume a personality that people enjoy.

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    15 teams basically sell out every game. - That is pretty good. Next season attendance will really drop in Miami, and probably Chicago.
    I think Miami has already hit rock bottom as far as their attendance dropping. Next year if they get Beasley, Rose, Gordon or Bayless it will be a very exciting team to watch that people will most likely flock to see.

    Chicago is also a team that will probably look very different next year, and I doubt attendance is going to go anywhere. With the Bears most likely having a terrible season next year, people will be starving for the Bulls when they get here and if they make the playoffs this year, which they almost certainly will, the excitment level here will be pretty high.

    Overall I think the league is very balanced right now (well, at least in the West it is) and actually has more superstar caliber players then there were in the early 2000s. The quality of basketball (in the West) is very high right now and I think Stern's efforts to globalize the NBA are making it as popular as ever. It certainly isn't going to be in the pre- Bird/Magic state any time soon.

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    I'm not sure to think about what just happened to me. Long story short this guy showed up at my door trying to sell me on my phone, internet and TV being through one company. I told him I couldn't do it because I had League Pass and I wouldn't be able to get it from them.

    First of all he didn't know what League Pass was. When I told him he asked me who my favorite team was. I told him at the moment it was the Trailblazers. Dude had no idea what that was or where they were. I thought about asking him what planet he was from.

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    I think Miami has already hit rock bottom as far as their attendance dropping.
    They've sold out every game this season.

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    They've sold out every game this season.

    Maybe but how many of those tickets actually are getting used now?

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    Maybe but how many of those tickets actually are getting used now?
    only 12,432.

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    With all due respect to several well-expressed views of the state of basketball, the future of the NBA is shaped by more than what the league itself does. Demand for any form of entertainment is affected by alternative forms.

    The NBA will appear to grow in many respects: payrolls, gross sales, perhaps attendance. But it will diminish as a share of all national spending.


    The OP asks for possible futures, and the possibilities are wild and far-flung:


    I can imagine the NBA adapting to the reality that it is primarily a TV show, and changing to look more like a TV show. They might, for instance, just skip coverage of the 3rd quarter in place of a feature about one of the Pace-mates' love for toy poodles or "Bass Fishin' with Slick."

    I can imagine government taking a big cut of professional sports revenues, just as they take from casinos. This would force the league to cut player salaries.

    I can imagine corporate sponsors demanding parity in order that they be guaranteed some sort of "quality" for their advertising dollar.

    I can imagine the NBA changing to comply with FIBA rules.

    I think JayRedd was joking about LeBron. King James will never be the best-known person in the world, because the Chinese now have two of their own players to idolize. I remember when half the clothing for sale at Osh Bazaar in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan was emplazoned with "NBA 23" as if Jordan and the league were synonymous. (The point being, Osh Bazaar was a good place to detect whether a name had truly saturated the planet to its outermost parts.) That isn't going to happen ever again with any American player.
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    I think that what the NBA needs more of is rivals. It just makes things more interesting.

    I think that the Western playoffs will be great this year. It's great for the league when you have that many teams be that good.

    It's just a shame the East is the exact opposite.

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    The West is arguably the most competitive conference, top to bottom, any professional league has seen in twenty years. In the East, you have the Celtics and the biggest star in any professional (American) sport right now. I'd say the NBA is just fine.

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    I think JayRedd was joking about LeBron.
    No he wasn't.

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