I love basketball. I have been going to basketball games since i was 3 years old, and I rarely missed a chance to watch my high school play. I grew up watching the likes of Micheal Jordan, Reggie Miller, and Karl Malone. I played basketball from the time I was 4 until I was 16. I worked for the men's basketball team at The University of Indianapolis as a film guy my freshmen year. Despite all these things... I CANNOT STAND WATCHING THE NBA.
Now some of you are thinking, "Wow! that doesn't make much sense". And it shouldn't make sense. The National Basketball Association is supposed to be made up of the best basketball players in the country, and honestly... the world. That's what it was when I was a kid, but that sadly is no longer is the case. The game I love has been tarnished. A game that is supposed to about heart, teamwork, hustle, fundamentals and desire has become a game of showboating and slacking. Players no longer play with a sense of pride. Players no longer play like the games matter. Offense no longer consists of running a play or scheme and trying to find the best shot. Offense today is much more offensive. Players run down the court and try to show up a crazy circus shot that may get them on TV or they just chuck up a 3-pointer. Then once they miss said shot, they walk back to "play defense" while the other team repeats the process. The all-defensive team was a place where things like hustle, grit and determination. It now consists of individuals who, at best, carry a pulse. The stars of the league are characterized strictly by one stat Points, this in a game that is about teamwork and comradery. When Dr. James Nasmith created the game of basketball, dribbling was not allowed. Now the idea of a pass is slowly dying. Star players who represent their sport are often in and out of trouble with the law. And players question the validity of practice.
The NBA is slowly changing the game in a negative way. The game is becoming more like "streetball" and less like the game that it was intended to be. Tyler Hansbrough who was arguably one of the best players in University of North Carolina and even NCAA Basketball recent history. He was red-flagged before the draft as a guy that will not succeed in the NBA. He hustles, works hard, and has the heart any true basketball fan loves to see, but he probably will struggle because he plays the game the way it was intended. He is not over quick, nor is he extremely overweight (so much so he can just push his way around), and he does not travel (which is almost a must to score in "the Association").
Now I know there are still some doubters out there and that's fine. I have but one more point to present to you. In the year 2004, the Olympics returned to Greece. The U.S.A. took its best and brightest players to go and win the Men's Basketball Gold. The U.S.A. hadn't not won the gold since the "Dream Team". The U.S.A got bronze losing to Puerto Rico, Lithuania, and Argentina. This team was the best and brightest the U.S.A. had to offer and we could only scratch out a Bronze in OUR game. We then followed up this great finish with a 3rd place in the FIBA championships. Now we did come back in 2008 and win the gold back, but it took a complete change in style and coaching. They brought in a college coach, Mike Krzyzewski (Not a NBA coach like the previous olympics) to get back to the top.
Now I'm sure there are still some naysayers who still disagree with me, and to them I say more power to you. But this gentlemen does not like what the game has become and has trouble supporting it.