I might be writing this completely prematurely, but I hope the NBA never comes back… this year. And I’ll tell you why.
- REASON 1 – THESE THREE PRICKS
When LeBron James and Chris Bosh met secretly with Dwyane Wade to discuss plans to join the Miami Heat, they essentially spit in the face of basketball. And they didn’t even win the championship! The tarnish they left on the game is comparable to the corked bat and steroid scandals in Major League Baseball – it changed everything, and definitely not for the better. (Well, in the case of baseball, the game is improving with those cheats removed. That’s why there have been more no-hitters the last few years.)
Now couple their brazen attitude with them pushing for a shortened season. They think they can win if it doesn’t take as long to get to the finals, but doesn’t that mean there would always be an asterisk next the their victory? The thing is – they don’t care. And therefore, neither do I NBA…
- REASON 2 – OUTGROWING THE GAME
As humans, we’re all getting bigger, and not just in the positive ways. Whereas basketball courts and rims have stayed the same size. In no other sport do I see this as of much as an issue, except perhaps one day in hockey. Does this mean the sport should never come back? No. But while they’re on strike, I think they should take a look at this.
- REASON 3 – THE TRUE REASON
No offense to the Detroit Pistons, but the last time all three Detroit teams won championships in the same year was 1935 – when the Pistons weren’t around! (For the record, we’re the only city to do that.)
Other cities like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Pittsburgh (!) and Baltimore (!!) have had multiple championships in one year. We deserve another one.
SIDENOTE: I don’t count the Drive and the Shock match-ups with the Pistons and the Red Wings
disrespectively. And in 1952, the Lions and Wings won, but the Pistons were around by then. I want all three! (Check out the list here.)