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Old 05-14-2002, 10:54 AM   #1
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Default Conference Disparity Unhealthy For Game

Perhaps the NBA should consider junking the current Eastern and Western Conferences and go to a "National" and "American" Conference setup instead, the former comprising the 14 franchises that existed prior to the 1970-71 season and the latter containing the 15 teams that have joined the league since. If the current, two-division format is maintained, this would yield the following divisions:

National Conference East: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, Washington.

National Conference West: Golden State, Houston (San Diego Rockets in 1970), L.A. Lakers, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Sacramento (Cincinnati Royals in 1970), Seattle.

American Conference East: Cleveland, Indiana, Miami, Memphis, New Jersey, New Orleans (Charlotte), Orlando, Toronto.

American Conference West: Dallas, Denver, L.A. Clippers, Minnesota, Portland, San Antonio, Utah.

Either this, or for the next five years or so change the draft so that the present Eastern Conference teams are guaranteed the first 15 picks in the draft (in this scenario the best team in the East would draft 15th and the worst team in the West 16th).

But something has to be done. The massive disparity between the East and the West is destabilizing the game.
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