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  1. #1
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    What do these runaway division leads say about the nba in general?

    How come in the nba there are no real division rivalries. in the nfl, divsion games are a must see. packers/vikings, eagles/cowboys, patriots/jets. when i see teams like the bulls with a 18 game lead in their division. or the lakers with an 11 game lead. its like these divisions are not competitive at all.

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    It's the lack of parity between the the amount of talent each team has. Is it the NBA's fault that stars want to play in the large markets where they can make more money through endorsements, and receive more media coverage? The NFL is a far more team oriented sport than the NBA, and losing a star won't necessarily mean that team will drop off the face of the Earth.

    "It's the joy of proving people wrong, especially when people don't expect you or your team to win." - DRose

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    nw,atlantic is getting better,se divisions are all good and somewhat competitive/close.you cant take just look at the two worst and ignore every other division and build a belief/apply it to all as that way....well i guess you can,you just did.but you shouldnt

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    Quote Originally Posted by daboywonder2002 View Post
    in the nfl, divsion games east of the mississippi are a must see. packers/BEARS, eagles/cowboys, patriots/jets. its like these divisions are not competitive at all.
    fix'd


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    its kind of easier to keep the talent pool fair when you have 53 players vs 15.

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    NBA needs contraction to balance out the competition.

    Jimmy

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaBUU View Post
    NBA needs contraction to balance out the competition.
    This. The fact that we have teams that annually stink, lose money, a team in NO that was sold off to the LEAGUE by its owner shows that the NBA overreached in trying to expand so much over the past few decades. The league should be reduced to about 22-24 teams only.

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    Packers and Vikings?

    Have to factor in the amount of games played though. The odds are that teams won't be all that close. Also wide range of talent (A team in the middle is much less talented than a top team).

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    A hard cap. Not only will it reduce the stars a team can have but it also sticks management with bad contracts. Long overdue.

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    It says divisions are stupid. It's nice to have them so you play more games close to home, but to have them decide seeding is just dumb. If for some reason the Bulls went 45-37 and lost the next 19 games, they would still get a top 4 seed and face the 5 seed. If every team in the division was atrocious, one team automatically makes the playoffs.

    This isn't the NCAA, divisions don't matter.

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    well you cant overlook the fact that theres way less games in the NFL so naturally divisions will be closer and those games mean more...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Car Ramrod View Post
    A hard cap. Not only will it reduce the stars a team can have but it also sticks management with bad contracts. Long overdue.
    thread/

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    NBA divisions are fairly new. Some NFL rivalries are over 100 years old. That and a complete lack of parity in the NBA due to the financial makeup of the league.
    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammad Ali
    “People do say I'm cocky, some say I need a good whuppin', some say I talk too much. But anything I say I'm willing to back up.”

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    16 out of 30 teams make the playoffs
    thats more than half the league

    because of this, divisions are pointless and it's why you never hear NBA people talking about them as opposed to the NFL and MLB where it matters who wins the division

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    there are some rivalries. Chicago/Detroit for example is a rivalry across all sports. In the NBA though, you play many more games out of your division than in. It's not like Football.

    I think that's why the rivalries aren't more heated

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