A Disserviceable Obligation

NBA commissioner David Stern has done to his league what Jim Buss has done to the Lakers- cut his nose off to spite his face, by straight-up power trippin’. How else do you explain Stern imposing sanctions on the Spurs for not playing their stars’ against the Miami Heat in a nationally televised T.N.T broadcast, when there is no said policy against such practices- used often by the Spurs in the past- prior to the Spurs/Heat matchup; which turned out to be quite the contest despite Manu, Duncan, and Parker being sent home. Where is the basis for such a horrendous “disservice” to the fans’ committed by Popovich? If what Popovich did was such a disservice, then please Mr.Stern, tell this fan how last year’s Finals couldn’t, and shouldn’t be also described as such? Two of the current NBA’s biggest stars ( Durant/LeBron) face off against each other in the pinnacle of NBA basketball, and ” the fans” in Oklahoma City were done a disservice when Durant basically stayed in foul trouble for the entire series. I don’t recall hearing Mr. Stern talk about obligation then.

It is the obligation of the person to understand that the word disservice is a two-way street; not a one-way, my-way or the high-way.Especially if the product in question is the NBA and it’s integrity. Not many folks would have been upset had you spoke as vehemently about why the Spurs had to play on the road at Miami with the Heat having rested for a week, and themselves having played 5 road games prior to the Nov. 29th contest.

Because today’s fan is over saturated with too many three’s, and players’ more concerned about making the ” top-ten”, Stern has to fabricate this new brand of basketball to try and make it appealling in a way that is reminiscent of the past. When the game had guys like Jordan, Bird, Magic, Kareem, Hakim, Dominique, and Reggie, substance was the style; now it’s all style and no substance. I know the dunk is a beautiful sight, but from a fundamental standpoint the WNBA is much better. The Indiana Fever shot 57 of 60 from the free throw line in this past season’s WNBA Finals against the Minnesota Lynx for the entire series; that’s unheard of. And if you’re thinking that’s because it’s women vs. men, i’ll tell you the free-throw line is not gender specific. My point is, Stern should be worried about the quality of play -or lack of- that is the current NBA. Jordan’s Bobcats not getting Anthony Davis, bad scheduling, and trying to force feed fabricated stars’ upon the intelligent fan is far more a bad thing, and not at all a good thing. Stern should be worried that as a fan, I come away from watching today’s NBA saying to my self, ” some things are never better than their predecessor.”

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