Say what you will about "The Decision" but LeBron's move to South Beach has really, really boosted NBA ratings. Games featuring the Heat have exploded TV ratings for TNT and ESPN.
If you think about it, the NBA would be well served to also follow another idea/lead of Lebron's and cut 4-6 teams as well.
Losing New Orleans, Memphis, Charlotte, Sacramento, New Jersey and Minnesota would allow a disbursal draft of 72 NBA level players into the remaining 24 teams (3 each) the league would retain every franchise in cities where players actually want to play, while losing teams who have historically accounted for...................0 NBA titles and, at least in their current cities, 0 Conference titles.
Imagine if the worst 16 of the 24 remaining clubs could acquire in a disbursal draft: Chris Paul, David West, Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, O.J. Mayo, Mike Conley, Stephen Jackson, Gerald Wallace, D.J. Augustine, Emeka Okafor, Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins, Brook Lopez, Devin Harris, Kevin Love and Michael Beasley.
The first round could be reduced to 24 picks, and being a first round pick might actually mean once again that you are actually good.
I mean, what a great 24 team league that would be!