NBA = Next Benjamin Assmunch

Let me state a few things first; I am a sports fan and have played the 'big' ones except for hockey (there aren't hockey rinks in rural southern Oregon).  I follow a few sports closely and pay attention by osmosis as much as anything else to the rest that are covered nationally. 

The NBA is one of those I really don't pay attention to.  Personally I'd rather watch golf, bowling, darts, gardening, or a host of other joyously adrenaline surging activities than the NBA.  That's neither here nor there really, cause here it is NBA semi finals time and what's the buzz of the league?  LeBron James.

WHAT THE $%*&#@+ IS THAT ABOUT?????

The NBA is so boring to its own fans that the free agency of one player is more important than the biggest games of the season?  Brett Favre eat your heart out.

LeBron James is a phenominal talent.  He can do just about anything on the court and makes those around him much better.  But its not enough for Cleveland.  Cleveland is gone from the playoffs, again, and Mr James first couldn't singlehandedly prevent it, then apparently decided to stop bothering to be a basketballing messiah and accepted fate.

Every pundit with a voice or a blog or any other method for opining about the NBA can't speculate enough about LeBron's future since Mr James is a free agent at the end of the season.  He can choose whichever team he wants that's going to offer him a nice fat contract.  Should he stay in Cleveland?  Go to New York?  Miami?  Chicago?  New Jersey?  The consensus is whatever it is he has to/wants to be paired with another star if not two others as he just can't win a championship on his own.

Really.

As Mr James attitude during his recent playoff performance shows, it's not about championships, it's not about giving your all, it's not about pride, it's about one thing and one thing only: money.  Far be it from me to begrudge him or any other athlete to make as much as they can or deserve based on the economics of the sport they play, that's the nature of the beast, but when the people who care about your sport care more about one individual and his future than your current playoffs I can't believe that's a good sign.  It's basically saying "I want to see LeBron play with (insert costarring player name(s) here) in (insert city here) and who cares if they win it all but they'd better or I get to dis them."

If I was an NBA fan, especially a Cavalier fan, I'd be disappointed with Mr James.  He clearly gave up on his team, teammates, and Cleveland.  What he wants I can't say, but what he does want is an easy ride, and that easy ride will come with a whole lot of coin that the fans will cough up from a guy who doesn't care about them. (gee that's new)

Know what I miss?  Andre Dawson.  I was never the biggest Andre Dawson fan, a good player sure just not my guy and never played for my team.  Andre Dawson walked into the GM of the sCrUBS and slid a contract across the mans desk.  He said something to the effect of "I want to play for the sCrUBS, fill in the amount you think is fair and sign me."  THAT'S a guy I want to play with me, for me, or for my team.  THAT'S a guy I'm happy to play to watch.  THAT'S long gone from sport.

Now it's all about agents and how much the fans will be asked to pay.  But the fans are happy to pay whatever the owners charge to watch and the circle of bland entertainment revolving around style and not substance continues.  Just another reason the NBA deserves little more than comments like this one.  Give me another paycheck homie, I don't give a rats ass.  


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Agreed, there is not team unity, but on the other hand...

TMundo's picture

...when you really look at what a team is, well, what exactly is it that you are rooting for? 

 

-The state you're from?  Are any of the players on the team from there?

-You like the logo and the colors. The players change but you could care less.

-You like the players.  I like the way these guys play together, and their a bunch of stand-up guys.

-You like them because they are winning, or because they are winners. (see chicago bulls circa '92)

-You don't care one way or the other because you like the game and enjoy watching people play it, it entertains you, you are not the one playing so why should you care who wins?

-You don't care because this team of people are people just like yourself, what reason do you have to support them?  They're just a bunch of guys that play a game, why should you give them your support? It doesn't get you anywhere.

I personally like the last two choices, although i may be partial to the Mets, and not the Yankees, the truth of the matter is, I hate baseball and can't stand watching it.  I haven't really cared about the sport since '86, and even then, I didn't even care all that much.  I was enjoying everyones excitement with the players like Daryle Strawberry, and Lenny, and Gary and Doc and Mookie, but wait!  i didn't and still don't know a thing about these players!  I didn't then and I still don't!  I hates the red sox bec ause I was supposed to, and it was fun when the Mets won, singing lets go Mets was fun.  But I find baseball boring to watch baseball, I still I find baseball boring to watch.  Except when I watch my brother and his friends play, that's fun, I enjoy that.  I know everybody playing, the family's all there.  And I enjoyed explaining the subway series to my wife, who was unfamiliar with the game, but wanted to know what all the buzz was about.  Yeah, that was fun.

Hmmm, what is all the buzz about?

André the Giant

RidingFool's picture

has it all over these guys.

www.andrethegiant.com/

True, Andre has a great story...

TMundo's picture

...he really did a lot with himself, I liked him in the princess bride.

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