I was goofing around today and came up with this:
Division A: "Mountain League"
Division B: "Sun League"
San Antonio Spurs
That Other Team
Division C: "Gulf League"
New Orleans Hornets
Division D: "Mason-Dixon League"
Division E: "Great Lakes League"
Division F: "Northeast League"
New Jersey Nets
New York Knicks
If you had to break this up into East and West conferences, ABC would be west and DEF would be east; you could do North/South (AEF/BCD), or even revolving conferences each year.
You could also do THREE conferences of two divisions each. I imagine the top two teams from each divison would advance to groups of 4 teams and have a "group phase" playoff where each team in a pool plays each other twice; the winners of the group and one wild-card team advance to a 4-team playoff bracket or whatever.
Anyyyyywhoo. Just thought I would share that.