David Stern’s Power Abuse: Why He Shouldn’t Mess with What Makes the NBA Great

I'm a sports freak. There are different reasons why I lovingly follow each of the sports that I do.

I follow the Barclays Premier League because the best team wins every year. There aren't any playoffs or anything like that to give the third best team in the league the championship. Instead, the team that literally is the best is acknowledged as so.

I follow the NFL because, for the most part, I know who is going to be on each team every year. Superstar players rarely change teams and if they do, they have character issues. But, if you look back at most of the game's greats, they're associated forever with one team and one team only. That cannot be said about most other sports. (Note: I also am a fantasy football fanatic.)

I follow college basketball because it is the sport that my dad was most passionate about. Before going off to college, we'd go to at least fifteen games a year at the Bradley Center to watch the Marquette Golden Eagles. I don't have a specific reason for why I love college basketball other than I really had no other choice.

I follow the MLB because of how many teams can be competitive. It's amazing how the only league in the United States without a salary cap is the one with the most parity. Only two teams have won multiple World Series championships since 2000: the Red Sox and the Marlins (who before this next season had one of the smallest payrolls in the league).

It's ironic to me that I follow the NBA for the exact opposite reasons that I follow the MLB.

Each season there are teams that are competitive in the MLB that were not expected to be competitive by any stretch of the imagination. There are some years where you could say there are about 12 or 13 teams that could win the World Series.

In the NBA, there usually are six or seven teams that are realistically able to win the championship each season.

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