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    Re: Ball at it again.....

    I wish someone more stable were trying this, because it's a good idea.
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    Kentucky is so screwed.

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    Re: Ball at it again.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Redsfaithful View Post
    I wish someone more stable were trying this, because it's a good idea.
    I have heard this exact same thing said a few times today. Great idea, bad wrong person.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redsfaithful View Post
    I wish someone more stable were trying this, because it's a good idea.
    Actually, circa '98 or so, such a league was in the works. IIRC, it was to be based in large markets that lacked NBA franchises. It never got off the ground as the chief investor backed out and instead purchased an NBA franchise.

    The chief investor that backed out, FWIW: Mark Cuban.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston Red View Post
    Kentucky is so screwed.
    I hope you are joking.

    I donít see LaVar Ball stealing recruits from John Calipari or Coach K unless itís a player who canít make the grades for college or doesnít want to go to college. The only type of players this would appeal to is the Emmanuel Mudiayís of the world.

    In theory, itís a great idea. In practice, it would be better if someone else was running it. The NBA changing the age limit will have more of an impact than LaVar Ball trying to stay in the spotlight.
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    and another thing I won't watch if you paid me. Why do people give this joker the time of day and an open mic?
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    Nobody any good at all is going to go to league run by Lavar Ball.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cumberlandreds View Post
    Nobody any good at all is going to go to league run by Lavar Ball.
    Not even his children. They are staying in Lithuania supposedly.
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    I've read books about sparkling vampires who walk around in the daylight that were written better than a John Fay article.

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    Re: Ball at it again.....

    It will only be a few more years, IMHO, that such a league will exist; it will be the G-league, revamped with new draft rules allowing high school kids to be drafted by the NBA, similar to baseball where you go after HS or you go to college for 2 or more seasons. The G-league will take on the development of kids worthy of being drafted or playing at that level but don't want to attend college for whatever reason, it will be a true minor league system. The G-league has been developing more and more into that type of system over the last handful of years, when they eventually alter the drat eligibility rules (and that is coming for sure if you read the tea leaves) that will be the natural extension for kids that aren't good enough to play significant minutes in the NBA at 18 or 19, but good enough to be developed in a minor league system.

    I'm sure Lavar will take credit when it finally happens.
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    Re: Ball at it again.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Boston Red View Post
    Kentucky is so screwed.
    They pay better than $10k/month.
    When all is said and done more is said than done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redsfaithful View Post
    I wish someone more stable were trying this, because it's a good idea.
    I mean, it's not a GOOD idea, because no one wants to watch it. It makes sense for the NBA to do it, as medford mentioned below, because they can consider it an investment in the money-making part of their brand, but as a stand-alone venture it's a dog.

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    Re: Ball at it again.....

    I thought I read somewhere that the G-league was expanding next year?
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    Re: Ball at it again.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Boston Red View Post
    I mean, it's not a GOOD idea, because no one wants to watch it. It makes sense for the NBA to do it, as medford mentioned below, because they can consider it an investment in the money-making part of their brand, but as a stand-alone venture it's a dog.
    The summer league is a bigger and bigger deal every year - I think people want more basketball. It doesn't have to do NFL numbers to be a viable television product.

    Basketball at this level is seeing some experimentation which is cool.

    For example, I watched some of the Basketball Tournament this year because some old OSU players put together a team - it was actually really cool. The grand prize for that is $2 million right now.

    https://www.thetournament.com/

    That gets awfully interesting if you get the grand prize up into the tens of millions of dollars, and it's an obvious made for tv product. Somebody smart could make it into an Olympics like broadcast with tearjerker player profiles, etc.

    So long as you are getting the biggest NBA prospects with this it's interesting and people will watch. I just don't see Ball being the guy able to put it all together. Putting it in existing NBA cities is already a strike against the idea. You'd have a better shot putting it in cities with no team. Something like a league with a division of Louisville - Cincinnati - Columbus - Pittsburgh. Low travel costs, four cities with viable arenas, and four good tv markets that watch sports.
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    Re: Ball at it again.....

    Minor league basketball has been tried a million times, and it's never delivered fans. The Basketball Tournament is cool, but you gave away the issue when you said why you watched it: you knew the guys from their time at OSU.


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