first off this was a point made by simmons while back, but a lot of the competitive balance issues have to do with the ineptitude of front offiices in the NBA, it just happens that many of them are in the eastern conference. Even after the past 2 CBAs made it harder for players as UFAs sign with other teams (years-wise and money-wise), and the "woe is me" small market whining (dan gilbert and "basketball reasons"
) a lot of teams are still shooting themselves in the foot with terrible signings and terrible drafting and bad team planning.
just take a look at #9-11 in the east (new york, cleveland, detroit) and theres your perfect examples. its not a "large market" vs "small market" thing anymore. look at the playoff teams in the west, aside from dwight in houston there arent many major max-deal free agent signings in that group. good teams/contenders should be able to keep their stars (IMO lebron was a special exception because he WAS that team) add to that the fact major markets like NY, detroit, boston, and LA (both tanking, i know) in the west are not in the playoffs right now and the prohibitive CBA, you cant blame the money anymore.
basically what im saying is that parity would be great but considering the artificial steps the league has done to accomplish this, at some point these teams have to take a look in the mirror. also in any sport, there are winners and losers theres no escaping that. it just happens that this year the majority of winners are in one conference and the majority of losers are in the other conference. these teams dont need anymore saving, they need to smarten up and stop throwing 50 mil at josh smith. NBA darwinism. i dont want to give these idiots another way out of their messes by altering the lottery...as bad as atlanta is compared to dallas, dallas has to compete in a tougher conference and deserves that lotto pick IMO just as much.
also to those saying adjust the playoffs so its 1-16 best records, i dont think thats possible logistics/travel wise. it would be nice, but the conferences/separation is there for a reason.Edited by frink85 - 3/30/14 at 8:37am