LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and DeMar DeRozan of the Chicago Bulls participated in the Drew League this weekend, giving NBA fans something truly special and unique to celebrate and talk about.
Sure enough, the appearance of these two superstars was talked about all weekend long.
It was really incredible to watch and be a part of and felt radically different than most NBA games.
Dear NBA: you want people to care about your mid-season tournament? Let the popularity of this Drew League game serve as an example and host it at iconic basketball locations/gyms/parks throughout the country. Capture the magic of The Rose Bowl, but basketball.
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) July 16, 2022
This led Rob Perez to come up with a novel idea: why not base any possible mid-season tournament on the Drew League and the excitement it created?
On Twitter, Perez said, “Dear NBA: you want people to care about your mid-season tournament? Let the popularity of this Drew League game serve as an example and host it at iconic basketball locations/gyms/parks throughout the country. Capture the magic of The Rose Bowl, but basketball.”
It’s hard to argue against Perez’s point – it sounds like a real winner that the NBA should keep in mind.
The NBA Board of Governors is tossing around the idea of a mid-season tournament similar to what is seen in soccer and a few other sports.
All of the teams would participate in the tournament, which would come months before the more pivotal and important NBA Finals.
Some people are already supportive of the idea while others don’t quite see the need for such an event.
But if the league followed Perez’s advice, you could see how such a tournament would be a lot of fun.
It would feel different from the Finals and would also be able to celebrate the history of the league and the game.
It’ll still be a while before the NBA decides to move forward with this mid-season tournament concept or scrap it completely.
If it does move forward, the league would be smart to try something remarkably new.