NBA Lockout Would Have Been Just Fine By Me

NBA Lockout Would Have Been Just Fine By Me

Hendel would have been perfectly happy with the lockout being the end of the NBA.

The National Basketball Association has shown America some of its finest moments over the last few decades. There was MJ versus Isaiah, Magic versus Bird, and even Dwight Howard versus Nate Robinson in the dunk contest.

However, all the good that the NBA has brought is lost. There are now players hosting national press conferences to announce that they are leaving their team, leaving millions of people heartbroken (see LeBron James jerseys getting lit on fire.) There are players such as Brandon Jennings and Jeremy Tyler dropping out of high school to play overseas in an attempt to skip college and go straight to the pros. Pathetic, is it not?

As always, everything revolves around the green stuff. Owners feel they need a few more billion dollars, and players want a few more million for themselves. Yes, this happened in the NFL, but it was all worked out just fine, with the entire season being played.

Unfortunately I cannot say good riddance to the NBA this season, even though only around ¾ of the schedule will be completed, with a deal being reached during the early morning hours of November 26th.

Countless American citizens have grown to hate the superstars in this once beloved basketball league. James, Kobe Bryant, and Gilbert Arenas are three of many to be booed and threatened by the national fan base. Yes, many other sports have plenty of marquee players that crowds and media personnel love to hate, but those players are rarely the true face of the league.

If I were Commissioner David Stern, I would be utterly embarrassed. Not just that I run a league that was doubtful for an entire season, but that my best players are so heavily ripped on throughout the nation.

But the biggest reason why I was hoping to see the NBA cancelled for the 2011-12 season was because there would be nothing distracting sports fans, including myself, from watching and closely following NCAA basketball. Instead of waiting until conference tournament week, I was really looking forward to watching the entire season, without worrying about how badly the Nets are playing, or which players are marrying off into the Kardashian clan.

Much of America agrees with me when I say that college ball is better than the pros. The 2010 NCAA championship game hoisted a 14.2 rating (14.2 households with televisions tuned in), which by the way included the unimaginable Cinderella run by Butler.

That brings me to another point. There is such little parity in the NBA as well; yes Dirk took home his first championship, but the same handful of teams compete for the title every year.

The NBA has no famed, long tenured off the court figure like Dick Vitale (who doubles as a color announcer), or even to a lesser extent Gus Johnson. There is no comparison to College Game Day, where a group of analysts travel to the biggest game’s site and breakdown college hoops with thousands of screaming fans in the background. There so little atmosphere and culture in the NBA; a die-hard fan of a franchise is much rarer than fans of NFL or MLB teams.

I couldn’t wait for Commissioner Stern to announce that the season will not occur, and devote all my attention the college game, where players are actually liked. And I doubt the NBA will ever recover to what it once was post-lockout. If that holds true, I will feel no sympathy to the players and owners, for their exponential greed is what caused this in the first place.