Let me say that i love basketball. When i was little i loved Charles Barkley. My dad had a taped Sixers Blazers game he would put on to shut me up. I liked basketball but as i got older, as i got wiser if you will, i started to despise the NBA. The National Basketball Association. I hope some one can talk me into watching/liking the NBA again. It truly is an exciting sport but a league i lost the passion for a while ago.
Honest to god it all started with Dan Patrick. The Dan Patrick show on ESPN might as well have been NBA hour. That's all they talked about. I didn't want to hear about Kobe VS Kid during baseball season. I didn't give a rats ass what Reggie Miller had to say. It really all started there but then i realized i hated the NBA but really had no valid reason. So like the ignorant 14 year old i as i went looking for one. What i found was disgusting
I hate a league where the biggest hot commodity at the trade deadline is an expiring contract. Seriously. You mean to tell me you will pass on Caron Butler you just want the expiring contract we have??? But the guy is never going to play again......What.... That's the point??
YES that's the point. An expiring contract is just that. Money guaranteed to come off the books. Money that will come in handy when the bevy of free agents don't hit the market. The NBA free agent market is about as exciting as watching the WNBA....which if you haven't noticed isn't exciting. Once in a blue moon you will have a really great player hit the open market but other then that you should get used to freeing up that money to overpay on your restricted free agent because the Bucks are cock blocking. Its ridiculous. If it wasn't for the Hawks trying to sign Samuel Dalembert a few years back Sammy D would have been signed to reasonable money.....because he is a reasonable player. But instead former 76ers GM Billy King was forced to overpay to keep his Center. The reason he had to overpay you ask??? Its because the free agent market was bare.
Baseball you lose a pitcher it may hurt you but you know that there are other pitchers out there who are at least comparable. In the NFL Free Agency is like Christmas time. And the NHL free agency is actually pretty exciting although no one cares about hockey. But not in the NBA. This is a league who is clinging to the free agent class of 2010. They have been clinging to this 2010 philosophy for a year or two now. Have you ever heard of a league that has ever had press about a free agent period in a few years??? I haven't. And lets be honest. Out of Bosh and Lebron and Wade and all the other guys who MAY hit the open market come 2010 i think only ONE real superstar will move teams. the rest will sign the max extension.
16th overall pick in the NFL should get you a pro bowler. A dependable player who you can possibly build around for the future. Its like that in the NHL and the MLB as well. Not in the NBA. No in the NBA the 16th overall pick is basically the equivalent to a 4th rounder in the NFL. You may get lucky and get an all star but your more likely to get a role player. A guy who comes off the bench and may add 6 points and 4 Rebounds. Nothing flashy. Just a contributor. Go look at the 16th overall pick in the past. Its really nothing flashy.
The draft process is a joke. THANK GOD no Steven A Smith this year but i love the fact that a second round pick in the NBA is the equivalent to an undrafted free agent in any other league.
The Rule that you HAVE to go to college for a year. That's healthy. I'm sure forcing Greg Oden to Ohio State for a year will make him realize that he has a chance at a free education.....and the value of that.....NOT. Its ridiculous. Kudo's the Brandon Jennings for sticking it to the NBA and their fuhr David Stern. Jennings was thought of as one of the best players coming out of HS in 2008 if not THE best player. He was a consensus lottery pick (like top 3) IF he were allowed to enter the draft. But he wasn't. Because of the college rule. So Jennings said what the other kids wouldn't. "It could be worse.....I could be in class right now" He said this to on Real Sports with Bryant Gumble. He was the only kid to basically say "look i have no interest in college. Im not going to stay past a year. I have no school spirit because i don't want to go to school. I want to get paid"
Now i value education like the rest of us but good for Jennings. He went over and got paid to play in Rome. He went to practice and got proffesional expierience. From what i saw it looked like the trip to Rome helped him become more of a team player, a complete player. He was drafted 10th overall by the Bucks.
Kids are following in Jennings footsteps and rightfully so. to force kids to go to College is a joke. If they become Dairus Miles so be it. They knew what they were getting into.
There is a saying. It goes " don't hate the player, hate the game" well in this case I'm hating both. I hate David Stern for being good at marketing. The main problem i have with the NBA is flat out over exposure. Come NBA Finals time you turn on ESPN and don't expect to see baseball highlights any time soon. Once again its hard to get mad at Stern because this was genius what he did
See Stern realized what others didnt. He realized that Disney owns ABC. Disney owns ESPN. Get to ABC and ESPN will market you. Becuase the more marketing you do on ESPN for the product on ABC the more money Disney gets. Its genius really. I mean ESPN knows their demographic. They know the people watching ESPN like sports. But not all people that watch ABC watch sports. If you are able to talk up every NBA finals as the best finals of all time you are persuading people to go over and watch ABC.
If you don't believe me wait until next year. Proof is the bottom line on ESPN it will read something like:
MMA, NBA, MLB, ABC, GOLF, NBA, NHL, BOS LA, TENNIS
I remember where i was when i saw this line on the bottom line. 3 different categories promoting the same thing. A finals we all knew the Celtics were going to roll in.
I hate Stern and I hate the fact that if the NHL finals was on ABC and not its competitor (NBC) i would get to hear more about hockey. So i hate the player And i hate the game.
David Stern has made the NBA a money juggernaut. Marketing stars like Jordan and Lebron James. Constantly keeping them in sports discussions. No one talks about Tim Dunagy or those Synthetic Balls a few years back and that's because Stern wanted you to forget. I guarantee you forgot at least one.
But while Stern has made the NBA a money machine he, along with the Collective Bargaining Agreement have made the product less appealing. The worst thing to be in in the NBA is the Bermuda Triangle of Mediocrity. In order to succeed in the NBA you 99% of the time NEED an impact player and the only way to get one is to get a top 5 pick. Something you cant do with signing average players and drafting 15th every year. Every other league you can build a team. You can trad prospects for veterans. You can rebuild. The NBA is the only league where you can NEVER get even talent for a superstar. In MLB go back and look at the trades made 10 years ago. There is bound to be 1 or 2 that at the time looked stupid because no one knew who these players were but 10 years later these guys have become studs. and that guy they were traded for is out of the league. That will never happen in the NBA.
I would love to love this league again. But i think the damage is done. And it was all because of one man. David Stern.