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It would be easy to dismiss this incident as an aberration, to point to the thousands of other games that have been played without similar problems. But to do that would be to ignore the steady ratcheting up of player-fan hostility in all sports and the underlying issues that are particular to the NBA.
The NBA can trot out figures that would dispute any notion of its decline: solid attendance, steady TV ratings, lucrative sponsorships and advertising deals, strong licensing revenues, broader interest worldwide.
Yet it would be a mistake for Stern to take smug satisfaction in that and try to patch over the current flare-up with the suspensions and some beefed-up security.
There is a growing disconnect between many fans and the NBA, whose American players, perhaps more than those in any other sport, are perceived as arrogant, selfish and overpaid. Those images were reinforced this summer by the U.S. team at the Athens Olympics.
Micro-Macro Cosom. It is a refection of the mood of our Nation the frustration the Binary Thought Process. The obvious Polarization of a People, a Country, a Planet.
And indications would lead one to believe the solution will only be found in Battle. Football at Pro and College level has shown the same. Politics reflects the same. Is it so hard to read the witting on the wall? The World is in a Madness.
Originally posted by Lady Lily
I know they would never ban alcohol but it makes people mean and stupid.
Originally posted by jeeze louise
I think AA would help some of them too!
Originally posted by DontTreadOnMe
Now, I saw the replay of this from several angles many times. What possessed players to react this way? Too much beer? Arrogance and disrespect?
Whatever could these million dollar players be thinking? To go after a fan for ANY reason is beyond me.