Re: Reasons why I don't watch the NBA....
Originally Posted by z.b.taylor11
This is so much BS, I don't know where to begin.
First of all, there is no law saying you can't like both college and pro basketball. They are different games, with different rules, and different stakes. How you compare grown men competing for their livelihood, with college kids, 95% or which will NOT play pro ball, is beyond me.
The "no defense" thing is such a lark - most teams shoot under 50%, and that's due to the other team playing defense. In the championship series, the Lakers played better defense overall, including a stretch in Game 7 where Boston didn't score for 7 minutes.
The pros bitch and complain because IT's THEIR JOB! Every minute they are on the court they are being judged, evaluated, rated, etc. Anything they do, or don't do, will be held against them. The pros know that the difference between winning and losing can mean hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of dollars. It can mean the difference of being able to decide where you play next year (having control over your career), or being sent to a bottom-feeding team (having no control). The pros whine because everything they have is on the line. Have you seen the whining in the World Cup soccer tourney? Same thing.
It's just not the same as golf. Until recently there was no season-ending tournament to decide "the best." They are trying to bring that same excitement to golf with the FedEx Cup, but it hasn't caught on with the public yet (I haven't seen any threads about who is where on the FedEx standings...).
And as for college, their coaches tend to whine MUCH more than NBA-level coaches...