The San Jose Sharks were eliminated from the playoffs on Monday. It was a fun
season this year, but they kind of fell apart at the end. So, as a member of the
bay area community, I find myself watching the Golden State Warriors as they
advance through the playoffs. But there are too many stoppages of play in the
NBA. You get about 5 seconds of action, and then everyone stops for 10 minutes.
It seems to me that the NBA could borrow some ideas from the NHL and create a
better basketball experience. So, without further ado, my suggestions:
Rolling line changes. In the NBA, to substitute someone, you have to wait
for a stoppage in play. Then a horn blows. What’s with that horn, anyways???
Did the inventor of basketball have some sort of freight train fetish?
Anyways, the horn toots, and the new player is allowed in. Forget that; let
players come in and out of the game at will. It works for hockey, it’ll work
here, and it’ll speed up the game.
Reduce the number of timeouts. I’m not positive, but I believe each team
gets about 50 full time outs and 35 short time outs. Per period! Boring! Cut
that to 1 time out per game, like hockey.
Power plays. Again, I’m not sure, but I believe each team gets 20 fouls per
period and then the other team starts shooting free-throws. That’s rather
arbitrary, isn’t it? And again, it slows down the game. Forget that. Have
delayed penalties. You get 5 fouls without a stoppage. After the 5th foul,
the other team goes on a power play, for 2 minutes. Get rid of the
free-throw, it doesn’t belong in the game.
Longer periods and more players. With the above improvements, there will be
fewer stoppages, and periods will go faster. Switch to three 20 minute
periods and increase the roster size to deal with the increased playing
Make these changes and I’ll be the first in line for season tickets!