NBA: Why Do I Need To Watch The Entire Game?

Dany LemieuxContributor IMay 22, 2009

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I was watching Sports Center this morning while they were showing the highlights of the game between the Lakers and the Denver Nuggets and I started asking myself, "who scored the first basket in that game?"

They showed a few dunks, a few three point shots, and the basket that made the difference, but they did not talk about the guy who scored the first basket.

Is watching an entire game of basketball a waste of time?

Could I be better served if I only watched the last two minutes of a game?

Out of all the major sports, and the not so major ones as well, basketball is the only sport where the first points don't mean anything.

Yes, they don't mean a thing!

Let me explain myself before you all try to kill me.

When I watch all the other pro sports like baseball, football, and hockey, I am sure of one thing: at any time during the game the next run, touchdown, or goal can decide the outcome of the game.

When you watch a baseball game you can't predict when the winning run will happen.

It could be in the fifth inning or it could happen on the very first or last pitch of the game. Who knows?

You watch a football game and you think it is over after your team scores the go-ahead touchdown with two minutes left, but then the kick returner on the other team brings it back for a TD!

Just a few seconds after the first puck drops, your favourite player beats the opponent's goalie top shelf!

This could be the game winner, or could it?

In basketball however, there will be 90 more baskets in the game, so who cares? Let's get some nachos!

Even Soccer is more exciting to watch, and believe me, saying that hurts my feelings.

There is no need to watch an entire basketball game. The final two minutes is more than enough because that's where it is decided.

The NBA might have big stars and big television contracts, but until there is two minutes left to play in a game me and Will Ferrell will keep yawning away.


By the way, the first basket last night was scored by Chauncey Billups of the Nuggets at 10:36 of the first quarter. He made a jump shot that earned Denver two points, and did not make any difference at all in deciding the outcome of the game.