Commissioner Adam Silver and the NBA need the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks to turn around their franchises once again. For far too long, the Lakers have hardly been a team that has been worth watching on television. And as far as the Knicks, they have been a mockery to the game of basketball with what they display in the World’s Greatest Arena. But year after year, the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks get games that are nationally televised on TNT and ESPN. Why? They’re the two largest markets in America, despite being the two worst teams in the NBA.
Showing an Atlanta Hawks game on TNT is not going to attract a large audience even though they have the best record in the Eastern Conference and have been affectionately called “Spurs East.” Watching guys like Kyle Korver shoot 3-pointers, Al Horford shoot a boring 15-footer, and guys like Pero Antic that nobody has ever heard of, is not going to draw any ratings. What will draw ratings are Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony. However, both teams are threatening to shut their star players down for the rest of the season, and it will be yet another year where the two largest markets in the NBA have two of the worst teams.
So, how do you resurrect a franchise like the Los Angeles Lakers that have been historically good, but are now so bad? How do you make a team that the NBA needs desperately to be good, respectable, and at least somewhat watchable once again? Here are the top 10 ways to bring Showtime back to this JV squad.
10 Trade Kobe Bryant
9 Fire Byron Scott
8 Limit Kobe’s Minutes and Sit Him on Back-to-Backs
7 Start Jeremy Lin
6 Fire Mitch Kupchak
5 Sell Los Angeles, Not the Roster
4 Trade Jordan Hill
3 Shut Kobe Down
2 Have Jeanie Buss and Jim Buss Switch Roles
1 Beg Kobe To Restructure His Contract
Kobe is the highest paid player in the NBA and his contract is for this year and next year. On November 25th, 2013, Kobe Bryant signed a two-year deal worth $48,500,000. This year, Kobe will be making $23,500,000 and next year Kobe will be making $25,000,000. If general manager Mitch Kupchak and the front office of the Lakers can somehow con Kobe into cutting his contract in half, they have the ability to attract another major player, otherwise, it is a fiscal impossibility.
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