jamaalstar21 wrote:All you new thing haters still licking your wounds from the play-in being a pretty fun end to the season.
As NBA fans we just love having stuff to talk about and basketball to watch. I don't really see why this proposed tournament will not tick those boxes for us. Even if for some of us "having stuff to talk about" means bashing just for bashing's sake. Some posters here have genuine curiosity of how it will work and are providing reasonable concerns, but I'm convinced some posters here are just "new stuff bad!" types.
This is about gambling money. That’s why Silver wants it, it’s part of his overall strategy to capture gambling as the next new big revenue stream.
Here’s the catch though, it means nothing to players or fans. It will rank slightly ahead of a summer league title. There will be no parades or rings or legacy boost or bragging rights. It’s dumb and just a money grab.
I generally expect the NBA to make money-driven moves, regardless of how I feel about that.
I still think, if it happens, we'll talk about it and watch it. It will still be competitive basketball. I think narratives will emerge that star players (who don't care about the million) are trying to win it for their minimum contract teammates who stand to increase their salary by 30-100%. If I was coming up with a new gimmick for the NBA schedule, this wouldn't be it. I'm not specifically a fan of this move. I do think the NBA doing more stuff just gives us more stuff to follow and talk about, and we're a ravenous fan base for content, basketball and storylines. I don't mind the NBA trying things out, and I'm generally not a fan of the standard 82 game season once it hits the doldrums. I still watch but I feel like an addict sometime, so any increased meaning to the games is a plus for me lol.