The #Flatliners and the #Bubbles: What it all means for the NBA’s 2017-18 season

The NBA is in a pretty weird spot right now, as the league looks to rebuild its fan base while attempting to rebuild the NBA itself.

But it’s not just a rebuild that needs to be made, it’s a rebuild in a way that would make the league even more exciting.

It could change the way we view the game, change how we view teams, and change how fans feel about their favorite players. 

For the past decade, the NBA has been stuck in a cycle of trying to rebuild and then trying to get back to where it started. 

The NBA has had an uneven and sometimes bizarre history with rebuilding, from the 1980s through the early 2000s to the present day. 

This year, the league is in an entirely different place. 

With a new commissioner in Stephen Curry and a brand new general manager in Mark Cuban, the idea of the league being a rebuilding machine has never been more appealing. 

That makes the NBA more of a unique breed than it has been in the past.

The NBA needs to focus on building for the long term, not just for the short term.

The NBA needs its stars to be healthy, its players to be in shape, and its fans to be entertained.

The league needs to look beyond the season and the playoffs, and see what can be accomplished on and off the court during a rebuilding process.

The more the league moves into this new era, the better.

For the next few months, here are some things the league needs the 2018-19 season to do.

The players are the ones to get the most out of the season, and the team is the ones who need the most to get through it. 1.

Drafting The players and coaches that the league wants to win championships with need to be protected.

The best players and most talented players should be able to be selected in the top-15 picks, while all the rest of the top prospects should be drafted in the mid-30s. 


Signing All-Star and All-NBA talent to long-term contracts needs to happen.

The Lakers should be the first team to have that happen, and I would be surprised if it doesn’t happen sooner rather than later.

It would be great if the league could sign Dwight Howard to a max deal and give Kobe Bryant a max contract.

That would allow the Lakers to keep all of their stars, while giving the rest a chance to make it to the next level. 


Keeping players in their prime for as long as possibleThe current NBA regime has proven that they have no regard for the development of the game beyond their own careers. 

While the league can continue to try to get young players in the NBA, it needs to do more to keep the best players around for as much time as possible. 


Adding veteransThe Lakers should keep Julius Randle and Lou Williams.

Both are great players, but neither has been able to make the leap to the NBA level, and neither has the kind of defensive versatility to be a difference maker. 

They need to stay with their current group for as many years as possible, as a reminder of what they’ve been through. 


Finding ways to keep players on the court and give them a chanceThe NBA is a league of superstars, and it’s very difficult to get an elite player who’s not a superstar.

Teams can always find ways to use players in different roles, but the Lakers need to find ways that don’t take away from their core players.

They need to add veteran presence at some point, especially in the frontcourt, to keep them fresh. 


Building an NBA team for the next 50 yearsThere’s no shortage of good teams in the league right now.

The only real question is which ones will be able make it out of this mess, as teams try to do things in different directions. 


Finding a way to compete in the playoffsThe last time the NBA lost a playoff series to the Warriors, it was a perfect example of how the league has to stop doing things the old-fashioned way. 

In 2017, the Golden State Warriors are not a team that will make the playoffs without having some type of shot to win the championship. 

It would be foolish to think that the Warriors will be successful without the ability to make deep playoff runs. 

What the NBA needs is a team capable of competing for championships on a regular basis. 


The Golden State EffectThe Golden State effect has had a huge impact on the NBA over the past few decades.

It’s not that they’ve won the championship, but they’ve had a team built around their stars that can be counted on to win titles when they’re on the floor. 


Finding the right way to win gamesIt’s not easy to predict what the next round of the playoffs will look like