We're starting a new segment here at The Bleacher Briefings entitled "The Big Idea." In it, I take ideas that I think might improve or update certain sports, or all sports as a whole, and in turn, you can share your thoughts on said ideas.
First up, why I think the NBA should move the Development League to Europe.
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Now, it's all about paydays and flashy play. There are almost zero fundamentals left in the NBA, and probably never will be again. Therefore, the league, as a whole, needs a boost. Something to pick up a little more talent. Because frankly, there are some guys playing in the NBA that I'm pretty sure I could beat one on one.
The lockout showed us quite a bit. One thing it showed us is that the NBA players aren't afraid to jump ship and go for the big bucks playing for leagues all over Europe. So why not take the NBA Development League (or D-League, as the kids these days call it), and ship the entire thing overseas?
You've already got several players in the league that came from international teams that have made a splash at one point or another: Dirk Nowitzki, Manu Ginobili, the Gasol brothers. Not to mention, the increasing talent of the Olympic national teams, mainly due to the inclusion of these international NBA players.
Now I'm sure someone will say, "Well NFL Europe didn't work, why would the NBA?" How about, because the NFL tried to force their product down the throats of people who really didn't care about the sport. Soccer (or futbol) is king overseas. Football is nothing more than a bastardized conglomeration of soccer and rugby. The NBA has shown that the talent base is there and that international teams can prosper.
Anyway, that's my idea. Share your thoughts.