5 Ways NBA Pundits Mess with Fans' Perceptions of Basketball

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5 Ways NBA Pundits Mess with Fans' Perceptions of Basketball
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As a fan and pundit, I make mistakes. Much as we try to analyze the league fairly and sanely, sports traffic in stirring emotion.

It is difficult to take in a thrilling game and come away with a sane analysis. Also, it is simply difficult to take in games. There are 30 teams playing an 82-game schedule, not counting the playoffs. We use statistics as a means of figuring out this whole hodgepodge for this reason.

Fans and commentators often tell me, "Watch the games!" as though that's an easy thing to do. I happen to watch these games (roughly three per evening), and let me tell you: Not only is there more NBA content than you could ever consume, it's pretty difficult to break down the content.

So much happens in a free-flowing game of five-on-five. Just watch the ball, and you'll miss so much. Real analysis takes time, and with the aid of slow-motion replays. This is why we're rife with mistakes and biases when discussing the sport we love. NBA basketball is beautifully complex—so much so, that it defies our simple opinions. 

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