Do you have any suggestions for rules changes that would make NBA basketball better? Here's a few specific questions:
1. Is NBA basketball a contact sport or a collision sport? What should it be?
Basketball was conceived as a strict non-contact sport. Over time it changed to allow some touching and leverage -- making it a contact sport. But today the NBA allows so much contact that it is almost a collision sport. If you think it is currently on the wrong side of that divide, what rules changes could help?
2. What rules changes would make NBA basktball easier to officiate?
This question relates to the Doneghy scandal. Some people believe that, though it cannot be proven, the NBA is clean except for one or a few rogue refs who get caught. Others believe that, though it cannot be proven, the NBA is rotten.
The problem is not just Donaghy, but the fact that good officiating "cannot be proven." No doubt a lot of fans are ignorant, and some of us (me, particularly) can't see the quick action clearly enough to second guess the refs. But even a very thorough and expert assessment like that presented by 82games.com (link below) finds a significant number of "bad" calls, leaving fans to dispute whether they were deliberate cheats or just mistakes because the ref saw the action from a bad angle.
The way to break this knot is to make the game more black and white. For the sake of its reputation, the NBA needs to allow fewer situations where the right call is unclear. How can this be done without harming the game?
3. How about raising the rim to 12 feet?
I'm just asking!
Raising the rim might shift the game from pure athleticism, back to skill and
team play. Would you welcome that? Rick Carlisle has suggested raising the rim, so it isn't a totally loopy idea.
This thread, as ChicagoJ would say, "is built for the off-season." This is the lowest time of year, so it is an opportunity to think outside the box. Many people hate the idea of any change. But the game we enjoy has changed a lot from Dr. Naismith's peach basket game, and there's no saying that the time for changes has ceased.
Final word: We've discussed many ideas affecting the fan experience (parking, food, sound effects, etc.) in other threads. For this thread, please stick to the game itself as it happens on the floor.