Ok, I think I've finally quit retching over my Sonics being stolen away. The one bright side is that the ownership is so bush-league (and hasn't done much of anything to change minds since the move) that there'll probably be another move, this time away from OkC, within 5 years. I'm not saying the NBA can't do well there, but this team will probably end up being so bad that people will lose interest (see KC Kings, San Diego Clippers). But for now, some serious issues.
First, let's look at the current lineups:
ATLANTIC: Boston, New Jersey, New York, Philly, Toronto
CENTRAL: Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indiana, Milwaukee
SOUTHEAST: Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami, Orlando, Washington
NORTHWEST: Denver, Minnesota, Oklahoma City, Portland, Utah
PACIFIC: Golden State, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Phoenix, Sacramento
SOUTHWEST: Dallas, Houston, Memphis, New Orleans, San Antonio
Everything looks copacetic except for that OkC sitting in the middle of the Northwest. It's been mentioned on here to move Phoenix from the Pacific, but that would take out one of the most heated rivalries in Suns-Lakers, so that won't happen. Secondly, unless Stern has his head up his rear, he KNOWS he needs to move the team to a different division, as playing in the Midwest division back in the 4-Div NBA helped send Vancouver to a fairly quick move (ironically enough, Louisville was the initial choice, however UofL's AD stonewalled that move), so OkC needs to get into a geographically comfortable position, and this means the Southwest, with the Texas teams. This leaves New Orleans and Memphis as the odd men out, and New Orleans is much closer than Memphis, so that would leave them looking for a place to go, and the Northwest looking for a team, however Memphis is definitely not it. Memphis also doesn't really have any main rivals thus far, which also makes them the logical choice for a division change. The move to do would be to send Memphis to the Central, and Milwaukee to the Northwest. Any rivalry the Bucks would have with nearby Chicago really hasn't existed since Jordan was in Red & Black, and they can capitalize on the Minnesota-Wisconsin state supremacy rivalry. This would also help Memphis out, since they would have a serious chance to be competitive for a playoff spot with Cleveland as the only dominant team, rather than being guaranteed last place every year.