(As NBA owners decide how many more games they’re willing to lose to the lockout, perhaps it is time to consider gains that can be made when the league returns. In our latest lockout series, we look at changes that could produce an improved product.)
Issue: Put it this way, even the NBA recognizes how difficult it is to toss a truly fair jump ball, so it has eliminated the jump at the start of each quarter, except at the start of games and overtimes. Not only can the tosses be as accurate as Dwight Howard free throws, but the constant jostling for positioning among other players lining the circles for jump balls only further slows the game. It is, generally, a random and unfair process.
Heat angle: The Heat have plenty of athletes, so Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and even Chris Bosh can have their jump-ball moments after tie-ups. But that’s not the point. The point is jump balls may be an element of the game whose time has come, and gone.
We say: No, we’re not in favor of the collegi...