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Old 01-22-2011, 10:57 AM   #1
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Default The East-West Gap: Wide As Ever

Through Friday's games (January 21st), not only does the Western Conference hold a 143-104 lead in the interconference season series, but the East's seventh-place team, Charlotte, trails Golden State, the West's 12th-place team, by 1 1/2 games.

Will this situation ever change? And what can possibly be done to bring said change about?

Some years ago, I suggested that the NBA throw up its hands and realign itself into NFL-style American and National Conferences, based on when each team joined the league, with all the older franchises being placed in one conference and the more newly-created teams in the other.

Among other things, someday this might lead to a Knicks-Nets or Lakers-Clippers NBA Finals (although the latter would figure to be decades, perhaps even centuries away).
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Yeah, the West has more depth, but the East has power at the top. It's just a cycle...
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But this "cycle" has gone on, unbroken, for what - 20 years?

Another thing that can be done, short of realignment, is to "handicap" the West by scheduling them to play as many more "fatigue games" against Eastern Conference teams one year as the margin by which they won the inter-conference season series the previous year (a "fatigue game" means the team played the night before but its opponent did not). For example, if the West wins the series by 80 games (which is roughly what they're on pace for), next year they have to play 80 more inter-conference "fatigue games" against the East than East teams have to play against the West (as a practical matter this means the West would have 80 such situations and the East none at all, or very close to it). To make it as fair as possible, each individual team in the same conference would get the same number of fatigue games, and as many "holiday" games (the opposite of a fatigue game), or at least divide it as evenly as possible (if there are 80 games, five teams in the West get six inter-conference fatigue games, the other ten teams five - with the inverse applying to "holiday" games in the East).

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