NBA Should Move All Preseason Matches to Non-Markets in U.S., Overseas

October 7th, 2010 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
The Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs face off tonight at Toyota Center in a tantalizing clash of cross-state contenders.

Please forgive me for yawning at this particular iteration. The inevitable Marcus Cousin-Alexander Johnson matchup does not carry the same intrigue as, say, a Tim Duncan-Chuck Hayes encounter that might make the difference in a Southwest Division-deciding victory.

I love watching fringe rotation players hustle and sweat in the name of a roster spot, but I would be just as happy if Cousin and Johnson did so in Mexico City, Monterrey, Tulsa, Las Vegas, Rome, or Kansas City.

Mere mention of the word "preseason" brings to mind several adjectives and nouns for informed, long-time pro hoops fans: lassitude, feckless, and rag-tag. I have a cure for this early October boredom, and Commissioner David Stern should consider this a viable vaccine.

The owners would hate this suggestion at first. General managers and coaches would squeal. More than a few players would decry the notion. Yet, this idea makes a lot of sense for all involved.

Stern should siphon the presea ...

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