This may seem sacrilegious, but is giving the Blazers so many televised games reflective of one of the bigger problems with the NBA? The Sonics and Blazers are both going to get significant national coverage for the first time in forever, but do they really deserve it? Its doubtful either team will be very good at all this year. The NBA is clearly putting star promotion way ahead of good basketball. Should we be happy about it just because they're promoting our stars?
Here is a pretty good critique of the NBA schedule that True Hoop linked to, one I find myself agreeing with. I love that the Blazers are getting more exposure, but the larger issue of the NBA relying on stars instead of the excellence of the teams is annoying. I do not want to watch the Lakers or Heat (who are going to be be terrible) 7,000 times a year. I'd much rather watch Utah and Toronto.
What do you guys think? Do the Blazers really deserve to be on national TV? Would you support a new scheduling priority if for 2007-08 it meant less Lakers and Heat, but also less Blazers?