posted on Feb, 5 2006 @ 11:11 PM
MAN!!!! I looked over and saw that I made a post on the NBA on 1/28, AND that it was the most recent thread (!?!??!?) on the NBA!!
As I said several weeks ago, it appears that nobody on this site is any more interested in pro hoops than I am. That is to say, nobody here gives any
more of a s--- than I do, in which case we're all severely constipated on the NBA.
If you think back just 10 years, that's a huge comment on how the mighty have fallen. Like everyone else here, I think the wounds are self-inflicted.
The fact all the best players graduate from high school and go straight to the NBA, without developing a fan base in college, surely has hurt. But
if these young players played like teammates--the way Jordan, Bird, Dr. J, Stockton and above all Magic did--instead of revelling in "the glory of
me"--they could develop a great following without the benefits of NCAA stardom.
And yeah, like you guys insinuated, it probably would help if they didn't act like most of my ex-clients... quick to perceive the most grievous
disrespect where none was intended, to resort to violence that turns the stomach of almost all hoops fans and their families, and acting like punks
whose murder convictions I've occasionally (and very sadly) gotten overturned in appeals.
I have a nephew who is much bigger--built like a linebacker--than his schoolmates in junior high. And he's a mean-spirited bully. He's long
delighted in pushing his classmates around. One day, I'm happy to report, he bullied the wrong small kid... one with training in some kind of
self-defense. And he got his @ss kicked real good. He'll never do it again--which is good for him, because that lesson was much better learned at
age 12 than at age 17--because he'll never again assume his size edge means he automatically wins.
That's what these NBA players need, no?
Or maybe they need a commissioner who accepts the fact that in American culture--NOT just black culture, but young white American culture, too--men
don't accept serious physical provocations without fighting back.
DID YOU GUYS when young? I am almost 53 and have degenerative arthritis and sciatica, so against an NBA player, I'd probably have to settle for
filing a lawsuit, but 25 years ago, I'd have clobbered him and taken my @ss-kicking, just like many of you guys would, right?
So here is what I think:
STERN needs to spend more time VERY CAREFULLY REVIEWING the tapes of these fights and near-fights, where pushing and shoving breaks out, or where
someone throws a missed punch, or where one player lands a punch, or where each lands one and it's broken up right away.
And where it's OBVIOUS one guy started the whole thing--especially by throwing the first punch or hard shove--THAT GUY should get a month off,
minimum. And I mean it. No pay. Zilch.
The other guy? Unless he went completely overboard in response, he was just acting like all of us have been conditioned to act, as proud men who
won't let someone spit on us without doing something. So let him off with a small fine or a one-day suspension, if that, because he only acted as
mainstream American society dictates we're all supposed to act when physically assaulted.
In fact, I saw a football game several weeks ago where one player spat on another player, and the second player threw a very obvious hard punch. The
zebra flagged and expelled the first player, and did nothing to the second one. THAT is the approach I am advocating.
But just flat crucify the first punk, and next time, I'll bet anything it doesn't happen.
What do y'all think? Would THAT help clean up the league, make players behave like humans, and maybe revive interest in the NBA? I mean, they DO
have a guy who's scoring like a modern-day Chamberlain, and how many thought they'd ever have that? Yeah, I know what the guy is, but Jim Brown's
record with women was just as atrocious and for a great deal longer period of time....