What will the NBA look like in 10 or 20 years? What do you want the NBA to look like in 10 or 20 years? Will the NBA be better, or will it lose some of its popularity? What would you add to the NBA game? These are questions I ask myself and other people, most of the times people do not have an answer. Some do not have an answer because the game of basketball is not that important to ponder the future, I fully understand this position and respect it. For me watching basketball sometimes allows me to have a break from reality but there are times basketball forces me to think about the important issue that affects the world.

I believe the NBA will grow internationally, we see more and more games being played overseas. I know some people are pushing for an NBA team to be located in another country, I believe if the team is in the Eastern hemisphere it will be a logistics nightmare. The travel time would have an adverse impact on the player’s performance. I have a suggestion that may increase the global brand and provide more NBA games without having an adverse effect on the players. The top 16 teams make the NBA playoffs, I purpose the next eight teams participate in NBA tournament. The tournament can change locations each year, having the host country bid for the tournament much like the Olympics. The tournament could be a three or five-game elimination, then the winner moves to the next round. Just imagine the NBA can pick exotic locations with high tourist travel such as Dubai. Dubai will meet the financial requirements, has the viewership, and can build an arena that is suitable. This will also help prevent teams from tanking because the players will want to win to get the extra money for playing in those games and the teams would want the extra revenue.

I know my idea may not be perfect or the NBA may not be able to execute it, but I would be interested in watching these games. The game must go somewhere, so why not a tournament. We see the viewership and the attendance for the NBA summer league games increasing each year, this indicates people want more NBA games, so the NBA must come up with a more to give us more games.

In my opinion, the best coach to ever coach in the NBA is Gregg Popovich. I know there are some people who will disagree with me but before you judge hear my point of view. I know some may say Phil Jackson is a better coach because of the 11 championships others may feel Red Auerbach is the best coach because of all the Celtics championships. One can make a solid case for these individuals but I believe Pop has a certain edge.

First The San Antonio Spurs under coach Popovich has made the playoffs for 20 years in a row with five championships and six finals appearances during this period. This may not impress you but how many other teams have remained competitive during this time. All of the teams have not sustained a level of excellence for the last 20 years. The Lakers fell to the bottom of the league, once LeBron left the Miami Heat they have struggled, and Detroit and Boston quickly became irrelevant after their recent championship.

Here is where I feel Popovich distinguishes himself from the other good coaches throughout NBA history. The NBA style of play has changed dramatically over the years, the game used to be physical, then the NBA was about dominate big men, now the NBA is a point guards league and consists of ball movement with three point shooting. No matter how the NBA game has changed the Spurs have adjusted and remained one of the top team in the league. The coach has made these adjustments in order for the team to be successful. Phil Jackson only can coach one style of basketball, Mike D’Antoni can only coach one way. The reason there are not many of the same coaches coaching in the league today that was coaching 20 years ago is because they cannot successfully coach the new NBA style of play. Popovich can!!! For the most part, the Spurs did not build their team with blockbuster trades or big name free agents signings. The core of the team is homegrown, they are players drafted by the Spurs or players pick out of obscurity.

The other thing that separates Gregg Popovich from the other coaches is player development. Tim Duncan may have been a number one pick but being a number one pick does not guarantee success, Manu Ginobili a second round pick, and Tony Parker a late first pick. These three players are All-Star players and future hall of Famers, people would have thought Duncan would be an all-star but no one ever thought the other two would be as good as players as they are. Patty Mills and Danny Green both late second round draftees and released by the teams who drafted them only to become great role players under Popovich. And then there is Kawhi Leonard, Kawhi was a good college basketball player but no one thought he would be the player is today, Kawhi is a great player on both sides of the ball and a legitimate MVP candidate. Only one person knew he could make Kawhi into one of the best players in the league today, Gregg Popovich.

For these reasons, Gregg Popovich has to be the best coach ever to coach in the NBA. If you disagree prove me wrong.

Do great players win a championship or do great teams win championships? I ask this question because most of the comments I have read and conversion I have had people seem to blame the players for the team’s failures. Before we use to hear the debate which teams were better 1989-90 Detroit Pistons, 1995-96 Chicago Bulls or 1984-1985 Los Angeles Lakers. Now the debate surrounds the players, who are the best point guard, who has the better jump shot or who is the better score? The way the game is viewed has changed but players are being blamed because the team does not live up to the expectations of the fans.

There are two players in particular that in my opinion receive too much criticism for their team’s failures, there are Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony.  Chris Paul’s Clippers lost in the first round of the playoffs and Carmelo Anthony’s Knicks did not make the playoffs. Many people are blaming these players for the dismal performance of the teams. I have seen people write that Paul is overrated and Carmelo is overpaid, which I strongly disagree. Basketball is a team sport, no matter how great or good the player is he or she cannot win a championship without being on a good team. Michael Jordan is arguably the greatest player to ever play the game of basketball but he would not have won a championship without being on a great team. Jordan did not win a championship every year, when his team was not great they lost. I think LeBron James has the fans spoiled because he can go from team to team and that team becomes a contender for the championship. What people do not realize is how he and David Griffin, the Cavaliers general manager, are constantly looking at ways to improve the team. LeBron and David do this because they know it takes a great team to win a championship. Kevin Durant knows no matter how great of a player he is he will never win the championship if he is not on a great team and that is why he signed with Golden State.

Back to Paul and Carmelo, both players give their all on the basketball court, people are delusional if they think these players will not do anything to win. Put them in the right situation with the right team and they will win. Are they best players at their position, no but are they among the best and the answer is yes.

The game of basketball is a team sport and always will be a team sport. One individual can impact a team’s future but one player cannot win the championship. Instead of criticizing a player for the team’s failure how about cheering him for his or her efforts. When listening to past champions talk about winning one of the first things they say is that everyone has to perform at their peak, from the front office to the ball boy.  If you believe one player solely determines a championship then you need to be watching tennis.  Now, do you believe great players win a championship or great teams?