I searched for where anyone might have posted it, but didn't see it anywhere. So if it is a repeat I'm sorries.
Any how, I hated his article. The reason the NBA has so many problems is they continue to consider each and every team as an individual business and don't realize that just like every other American sports organization they're a cartel.
The Lakers make so much more money than everyone else for a number of reasons but it is ridiculous to not consider they depend on the rest of the NBA. If they marketed the NBA as a solid league instead of the few select bigger markets, they'd have as much universal love as the NFL.
Dallas and Miami aren't huge markets, and to act as if the massive ratings they received is because of big markets winning is ridiculous. Simmons is drinking the Stern coolaid again
http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/...uled-nba-worldWhat Dave would tell the owners: "Fifty-seven percent was too high, and the tax created more problems than it solved. I get that. But with all due respect to Real Adam, I'd argue the Lakers should spend 225 percent as much on salary as the Kings. After all, they play in Los Angeles, not Sacramento. They make more local TV money in one year than Sacramento makes in 12. They can charge three times as much for tickets. And their owner has enough money to pay his players without hawking his prized possessions like he's on an special episode of Pawn Stars. We ARE a league of Haves and Have-Nots. Look at every great season we've ever had — when we're top-heavy and bottom-heavy, that's when we have the best teams and the best playoff games.
"Here's a newsflash: We're not the NFL. They have revenue sharing because it doesn't matter who plays in the Super Bowl, or where Peyton Manning spends his career. All that matters is parity and television money. Our success hinges on star power and big-market teams; we could never survive one year without a team in Los Angeles, much less two decades and counting like the NFL just did. Our attendance numbers these past few years have told us — pretty convincingly — that small-market fans aren't forking over money for professional basketball anymore unless their local team is good or great. And even then, they might not show up.
"We have to reinvent our league. We have to figure out which 25 to 30 cities can handle a professional basketball franchise instead of wasting our time protecting the ones that can't. We have to accept that big-market teams have a better chance of succeeding than small-market teams, for a variety of reasons, but mainly because wealthier owners want to own big-market teams and talented players want to play for big-market teams. That's the reality. That's the big picture. But yes, the small picture says we need to knock down that BRI a little. A 50/50 split seems totally fair."