Dantoni is a bad coach though.
Blake's reached his ceiling at 24.
imo clippers have a better chance of winning a championship by getting melo
but they will be better off in the longrun, not championship but just steady 4-5th seed seasons, putting fans in seats, ect. by keeping blake
Carmelos about to be 30 though, Blake Griffin is 24. Gotta think long term with this, especially when even with Melo I dont think the Clips get good enough to where they can beat out the likes of San Antonio or OKC conistently
the successful teams have always been the ones that are well run, NY and BK have the highest payrolls in the league and look where they are, the spurs and suns had great teams over the last 10 years and they are both small markets, okc too.
the CBA didnt make things more competitive, changing the salary cap doesnt help much the only way to get trash teams competitive is to give them new management/ownership. bunch of crybabys that are bad at their jobs blaming other's successes on big/small markets when really its their own incompetence that created their bottom feeder team.
the nba fanbase will grow faster when the good teams are in the big markets and they make attending games a must see attraction. in the 90s if you visited chicago you HAD to see the bulls play, people who were not NBA fans that were visiting chicago went to see bulls games, liked what they saw and became fans. Same thing happens at lakers games, people go because its LA and its the Lakers, they enjoy the experience and leave lakers/nba fans. im sure it was the same with the knicks in the 90s and even the clippers now. all this adds to the NBA fanbase and makes the game more popular on a global level. this wont happen to the bucks or bobcats because no one visiting america is going to go to a small town like milwaukee.
lebron in cleveland as much as a draw as lebron in miami/ny/la
they could have lebron/kobe/mike/magic/bird on the cavs with pornstars as cheerleaders and still no one would take a vacation to cleveland just to see the cavs
when you draft a star player you get around 5 free years where he cant leave, in these 5 years if your sorry excuse for a team cant impress a player enough for him to stay then he will leave. the lakers didnt get wilt, kareem, shaq because they stole them from small markets, they got them because the small market teams they used to play for were trash and they moved on to bigger and better things. small market teams like san antonio, portland and dallas draft stars like dirk, duncan, LMA and they put good teams around the players so they dont leave, some even take paycuts to stay.
the in the past 20 years there have been 3 teams that have won 4 or more championships, a big market team (lakers) who used a mid first round draft pick (kobe) as the superstar and even he was going to leave before the pau trade. theres the small market spurs who built around duncan and put out a product good enough for duncan to take a pay cut in order to stay and the bulls who drafted both their two stars, took a chance and gave the greatest coach ever his first nba coaching job AND had an owner that was known to be cheap.
yes when it comes to freeagents big markets are going to have an advantage, you cant give utah good weather or an exciting nighlife, thats just the way it is. but even utah was able to keep stockton and malone for 20 years, making the finals twice then build with deron williams and make another solid team 10 years later. good teams are good because of good management and bad teams are bad because of bad management, stop blaming big markets for your own teams incompetence.