News From Two Views: Lent and the NBA

News From Two Views: Lent and the NBA

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This week on News From Two Views Chris and I have a great talk about how Easter is almost here. Tomorrow is Pancake Tuesday so that always reminds me to give something up for Lent, a tradition I have practiced since I was really young.

On the show I ask Chris what he thinks he will be giving up for Lent this year and he makes a bold statement that he could go without either coke or his pulled pork sandwiches easily. Chris in my opinion is an avid coke drinker and I doubt he would be able to last. Although he is also quite addicted to the pulled pork sandwich place around the corner from his house so it should be interesting.

I talk about how I am going to try and give up chocolate. Like most girls out there I have a healthy addiction to chocolate, so things are going to be quite difficult for me as well. Although I could bluntly say I have a stronger will power than my associate DJ Chris.

Throughout the next couple of weeks we will be keeping you posted on how well we are doing with our Lenten/New Years goals, Chris with his Strodes sandwiches and me with my Chocolate.

The hardest part of my challenge will most likely be this week, with all the Valentines Day baking and chocolate. I have until tomorrow night to get my fix of chocolate for the next month and a bit. Hopefully our goals are realistic, and will help us achieve a healthier lifestyle!

Here is Chris giving more explanation to his point in the sports section of the show:

Why the NBA Sucks

By: Christopher Pimentel

If you listen to the News from Two Views earlier you will understand my hatred for the NBA. Let me to start off by saying I don’t hate basketball, I just hate the NBA in particular. I believe that college basketball is so much fun to watch. Saturday night I watched a game between Louisville and Notre Dame that went into five overtimes. Even though I was not rooting for either team I found that I was so into the game that I never wanted it to end. The NBA is and always has been a star driven league that is made for big markets and the occasional small market team to succeed. Heck even the commissioner of the NBA said that his dream matchup in the finals would be the Lakers vs the Lakers! Even from the top, the NBA makes it known that they want big markets with superstars to succeed. You will never see Roger Goodell make those kinds of statements, nor Bud Selieg or even Gary Bettman!

Those big city, big star principals can be seen throughout the history of the NBA when looking at past champions. The NBA since 1990 has had 8 champions, compared to the NHL’s 15, MLB’s, 17 and the NFL’s 16. There is no parity with the league, the NBA has become such a big market driven league that there really seems like there is no point to watching any games till the final four rolls around.

There is no denying that Superstars not only dominate in basketball but also pretty much control the league as well. Aside from the Detroit Pistons in 02-03 every team that has won in the finals has had two or more hall of famers on their teams even with the roster size being the smallest in the four major sports. The Lakers had Shaq and Kobe, the Heat have Lebron, Wade and even Shaq (when they won the first time), the Bulls had Jordan, Pippen and Rodman, even the small market Spurs had Duncan and David Robinson. The NBA finals teams are littered with first ballot hall of famers. The NFL in a salary cap era doesn’t have that. The Patriots had Tom Brady and that’s all they had as first ballot hall of famers go. With the Indianapolis Colts they had the best quarterback to wide receiver connections in NFL history in Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison and they only won one Super Bowl. The New York Yankees have a reputation of being a big spending winning machine but the reality is that they have only won five World Series in the past twenty years with only one coming in the past decade. In the NHL no team has even repeated since Detroit did in 1996-1997 and 1997-1998.

In every other sport drafting and developing are the keys to winning championships. The Patriots drafted Tom Brady in the sixth round; Aaron Rodgers came off the board in the second round. The scary part is that Aaron Rodgers for example plays in small town Green Bay and recently said that he would love to stay there. Where as in the NBA you have stars like Lebron who will go play with two other top level players or you have Dwight Howard who cried his way out of Orlando. The superstars define and rule the NBA. It’s been that way for years. Teams really don’t have the chance to win anything, unless they luck out and get the once in a generation player in the draft that year. But teams can’t even do that because if you’re playing that badly then you deserve the first overall pick. When that happens chances are your fans aren’t going to show up and the probability that the team can keep that player till he fully develops is highly unlikely.

Superstars rule the NBA and the big markets, they chose where they want to go and there is no way for medium to mid markets to build through the draft. The only way to avoid this is if you get the one special hall of fame player aka Tim Duncan.. The superstars know that  they can get whatever  they want at any point and because of that they chose to play in big market, big cities. Listen this has happened before the Heat came together. The Lakers did it taking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar from small town Milwaukee and forcing a trade to the Lakers. Shaq did it with Orlando, forcing a trade to the Lakers then again to Heat. Look at the teams at the top of the NBA, you have the Heat, Knicks, the Clippers and the Bulls. All those teams are big market driven teams in which they really didn’t build through the draft aside for maybe one or two players. Of course you have the Pacers near the top of the East too but they struggle to sell tickets even with a top team and a new arena. San Antonio and Oklahoma City hit the lottery because they sucked at the right time enabling them to get Kevin Durant and Tim Duncan.

Look at the NFL, the city of New Orleans just hosted the Super Bowl and was able to be a great host up until the power outage, but this wasn’t the first time they hosted the big game. A team in GREEN BAY! Is able to survive in North America’s most popular sport and there isn’t even a team in LA. The NFL has parity and everyone knows if you draft well regardless of where you are in it you have a chance at a championship. Even if a team with a once in a generation player doesn’t guarantee a championship, just ask Dan Marino. In hockey teams like Tampa Bay, Carolina, Pittsburgh they have had success through the draft and eventually lead to championships. The game’s biggest market, Toronto hasn’t won since 1967 even though they make the most money. Yes, in baseball the Yankees have been able to spend freely in the game’s biggest market but the people that contribute to the success of the team are known as the core four, Jeter, Petitte, Rivera and Posada all four of those players were drafted in 1996 and without them they don’t win.

In every other sport your team has a chance to win through the draft and parity, the league design it that way. That’s simply not the case in the NBA, never was and never is and its unfortunate because it’s a great sport to play and watch at its highest level I just wish maybe they could spread the wealth a little.

 

2 Responses

  1. Well to start from the top down. Laine, never met you but Chris’s mom has taked about you often and you come from Barrie, were I used to live, so I know your ok. But its called Shrove Tuesday, not pancake Tuesday. Yes I know you’ll be able to give up chocolate, its an easy win, Chris talks tough but he’ll crack within 2 days, hope you have your spies to rat him out.

    Instrad of giving up something for Lent, which just makes most people more miserable, why not try taking on something instead. Volunteer somewhere, add a routine to your day, etc, just a thought.

    Chris great stuff as usual on the sports front except that the only reason there is a team in Green Bay, other than it is cmmunity owned, like the Rough Riders in Saskatchewan is because the TV revenue is divided equally amougst the teams. Has been since the start of TV broadcasts, as is nerchandising rights. Happenned way back as I said when owners thought these two things would never amount to anything.

    Basketball is probably the only sport in which you can win with 3 good players and 2 marginal guys, any of the other sports no way you can. Players want the money, will follow it and thus group together, so if you have lots of cap room and free agents come up, guess what all of a sudden you a playa. Look at the lakers this year, that’s not working out to well, so money and free agents don’t always add to success. See the Angels, Dodger, Mets and even the Rangers for examples of that.

  2. Well to start from the top down. Laine, never met you but Chris’s mom has taked about you often and you come from Barrie, were I used to live, so I know your ok. But its called Shrove Tuesday, not pancake Tuesday. Yes I know you’ll be able to give up chocolate, its an easy win, Chris talks tough but he’ll crack within 2 days, hope you have your spies to rat him out.

    Instrad of giving up something for Lent, which just makes most people more miserable, why not try taking on something instead. Volunteer somewhere, add a routine to your day, etc, just a thought.

    Chris great stuff as usual on the sports front except that the only reason there is a team in Green Bay, other than it is cmmunity owned, like the Rough Riders in Saskatchewan is because the TV revenue is divided equally amougst the teams. Has been since the start of TV broadcasts, as is nerchandising rights. Happenned way back as I said when owners thought these two things would never amount to anything.

    Basketball is probably the only sport in which you can win with 3 good players and 2 marginal guys, any of the other sports no way you can. Players want the money, will follow it and thus group together, so if you have lots of cap room and free agents come up, guess what all of a sudden you a playa. Look at the lakers this year, that’s not working out to well, so money and free agents don’t always add to success. See the Angels, Dodger, Mets and even the Rangers for examples of that.

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