I've always been asked by friends, how can you watch so much basketball?
It's the old “Half the league makes it to the playoffs” argument, coupled with “Why would I want to watch a whole game when the only thing that matters is the last five minutes?”
These two arguments have plagued me for years. It has taken me equally as long to finally switch from ranting about what makes the sport so great (useless), to simply shaking my head in disgust.
What attracts me to the current era of NBA players is the excitement and appreciation I have for the level of skill. In today's NBA, almost every team has a player(s) who makes me want to keep the game on, regardless of the score—let's go ahead and list the Nets, Raptors and Cavs as the exceptions (You know you are in bad shape when Brook Lopez, DeMar DeRozan and J.J. Hickson make up the face of your highlight potential).
Even with all the bells and whistles that come with All-Star weekend, the best players in the world always end up putting their freakish talents on display in enjoyable fashion.
This year should sport as much skill as ever, with (mostly) intriguing events.