Letting NBA rookies choose their teams would put an end to tanking
NBA tanking has gotten out of hand, and it’s damaging the NBA product. Ratings are down and the lack of parity is worse than ever.
Colin thinks the league’s draft lottery system needs to be fixed, and today he proposed a solution. He thinks letting draft picks choose their teams rather than the teams picking them would be better than the current system. At the very least, it would avoid tanking.
Lonzo Ball recently said he would rather play with the Lakers than go #1. Under Colin’s system, he could do it. Teams would have salary caps, so players would either have to choose to take less money from the elite glamour teams, or take more money from mid-market teams. Most of the draft picks would likely choose the money, which would increase the distribution of talent and hopefully increase parity.
Colin’s idea may sound crazy to some, but it couldn’t be any worse than what’s happening in the NBA has now.
“The NBA has a major problem and the ping pong balls aren’t helping.”
Of course CBS consulted Jim Nantz about replacing Simms with Romo
Chris Simms, the son of ousted CBS broadcaster Phil Simms, recently made comments that he believes that Jim Nantz was at least consulted about replacing his father with Tony Romo in the network’s #1 NFL studio booth.
It sounds scandalous, but Colin says people shouldn’t be so shocked. Nantz is the cornerstone of the CBS Sports franchise and there’s a zero percent chance that the Romo move was made without Nantz’s knowledge. Colin said that while Nantz and Simms may have been friends ultimate responsibility is to CBS. None of this could have happened if Jim Nantz hated the idea.
“That’s the way the biz works.”
Chris Mannix – Writer at The Vertical joins the show to explain why the issue of players sitting isn’t going away; how LeBron is using late season games as playoff practice; why he gives James a pass for coasting during the regular season; and why tanking is a problem for the NBA.
Peter Schrager – Fox Sports NFL Insider joins the show to talk about Romo to CBS; what he’s hearing around the league about why he made the move; what’s going on with the Raiders mess in Oakland; and if there’s a real chance Richard Sherman gets dealt.
Rick Reilly – Longtime sportswriter joins the show to talk about selling his first screenplay; his thoughts on living in Italy; his take on the downfall of Tiger; and how he ranks Tiger all-time.