I find it quite interesting to find how much of an entertainment industry the NBA is. I mistakenly thought basketball was a sport, not a stage show or merely a business. I, for one, would not pay good money to go see a business operate. It seems that thousands of people DO like paying lots of money to watch a bunch of millionaires operate their business. How ludicrous! Pure foolishness! -didn’t mean to rhyme there…it happens.
I like sports. Better said, I LOVE sports! I have been a sports fan since I was a child, watching the Cowboys and Steelers play each other in the Super Bowl, back in the 70’s. I have great memories of ABC’s Wide World of Sports…”the thrill of victory…and the agony of defeat”. Do you remember the Superstars, a competition between various sports stars of the day? Loved it!
Know what’s even cooler than that? I’m swiping this blog post on my mobile phone! What a trip!
Ok, so back to the point at hand…Napoleon. I like to call David Stern “Napoleon” because he’s short and I find it more than amusing that a short man, who I can’t imagine ever played basketball, ends up a the commissioner of the “sport”.
It seems that the commish is gonna likely fine the Spurs because the coach decided to rest his 3 best players against the Miami Heat last night. For you see, the game is a business and people paid money to see the Spurs field their best team against the reigning champs. I can see that perspective, although I don’t agree with it. I am one of those silly purists, who believe a game, or sport, is supposed to be just that, a game. I am a fan. A sports fan. I don’t think those players should be making more money than, say, a teacher.
Do you remember that silly football league, the XFL? I thought the whole thing was ridiculous except for one thing…the pay scale. As I remember, everyone got paid the same amount, unless you won the championship. With the championship came a bonus. I could get behind a pay scale like that for sports teams. No single players with 100 million dollar deals. Team would rule, as it should. I think that’s why I love college athletics so much more than professional.
If you continue to read me, you’re gonna find that I digress quite often. If you can live with that, we’ll get along just fine.
So…my battery is dying so I gotta wrap this edition up. Greg Poppovich is the coach of the Spurs. He’s the coach, so he can do what he thinks it’s best for his team. That is what he’s paid to do. His team was playing like, the sixth or seventh game in the last ten days and their opponent, the Heat, were on for days rest. I get the coaches call and don’t blame him. The commish sees that those paying to be entertained could have been disappointed. I get it…bottom line is its the coach’s call. The commish is gonna be upset, no matter what, ’cause someone stole his lucky charms. :b