1. CHANGE THE FOUL-OUT RULES.
"Instead of ejecting a player after six foul," says agent Steve Mountain, who represents Orlando's Jameer Nelson, "assess a technical for fouls six and seven, and eject after eight. This would keep the best players in the game longer."
2. INCREASE SCORING.
"Shorten the 24-second shot clock to 20 seconds to make for more possessions," Falk says. "Or create a four-point play. People thought the three-point shot would destroy the game, but it added to it instead."
3. RAISE THE AGE LIMIT.
"You should have to be out of high school for three years to play in the NBA," Falk says. Playing college hoops would allow athletes to develop a fan base that they could carry with them into the pros.
4. ENCOURAGE QUIRK.
"There's a reason why Charles Barkley, who is retired, is still getting endorsements," says Sports Illustrated writer Jon Wertheim, who has covered the NBA for 13 years, "and, say, Tim Duncan and Carmelo Anthony aren't. Today, the players with personality often have the color bleached out of them." Blogger Bethlehem Shoals of FanHouse.com advises, "They should Twitter all the time. It could be a lifeline to these guys' personalities."
5. CHANGE THE TRADE RULES.
"Eliminate or significantly reduce rules that require salaries of traded players to match up," Mountain says.
6. SHORTEN THE SEASON.
The NBA's season comprises 82 games. Reducing the number of contests could make each one matter much more to players and fans alike. As Falk explains, "In pro football, there are only 16 games, so every game is critical."
Can't say that I agree with these suggestions, particularly suggestion #1. Why slow the game down with more fouls if you then follow that up with speeding the game up per suggestion #2?