Although I've never expressed this opinion before on Fannation, I feel now would be a good time, I hate the NBA.
It's not that I don't like the venues, or the cities the teams are in, or the commisioner, or advertising, or promotions, I hate the gameplay itself. I hate that you can't go to an NBA game and see a good, well rounded basketball game. By this I mean, WHERE IS THE DEFENSE?
Go to an NBA game, and you'll see at best, a lackluster effort on defense. Even the young guys, the rookies and sophomores put a terrible effort up in the defensive zone. It's like they just don't care, like they think they're too good to play defense.
Now, I am a Golden State Warriors fan, so I see arguably the worst defensive team in the NBA play on a nightly basis. However, I follow other NBA games and teams, I watch them occasionally when they're on ESPN or when they show highlights and there is zero, zip, nada defense played EVER.
Even the stars, the guys like Kobe Bryant or Dwight Howard who are proclaimed as "great in both ends" just aren't that great on D. You watch college basketball, and those guys are flying all around the court on defense. They've got their hands up at all times and their feet moving like athletes should. They make an attemt to contest every shot, even if they have to run from wing to wing to do it.
In the NBA, on occasion you see a guy like KG or Dwight Howard go up and swat a shot, but rarely, if ever will you see an NBA player run full throttle to get back on D after a missed shot. Rarely will you see an NBA player run across the court to contest a shot. It seems to me as though the only times NBA players contest shots is when the player is right in front of them, or when it's their own man.
If you were to offer me right now tickets to the NBA Finals or to March Madness, I'd take the latter of the two in a heartbeat. I'm the kinda guy who'd rather see a 70-68 basketball game instead of a 125-120 game, so long as the reason for the lower scoring is good defense.
And don't misunderstand what I'm saying, I love offense, I'm not a defensive guy (just check out my user name), but I more than anything else in sports hate when guys that are making millions of dollars per year don't give their all in an aspect of their job. For a guy who makes 20 million dollars a year to put anything less than a 110% effort on the court every night, is a crime. We as fans pay to see these guys perform at what they do, and if they think they're too good to just give up for half the game, well they can go F--- themselves for all I care. Get off the court!
That's the part I don't get either. You look at college players, and they do what they do for nothing. They don't (or at least they shouldn't *cough OJ Mayo *cough) make a penny off of basketball in their collegiate careers. In fact, playing a sport in college makes things more difficult than easy. They're doing twice as much as any other student, school and sports.
I have never been a big basketball fan period, but the NBA is a disgrace. Of all the sports leagues, I think the NBA is the worst. Whether it be rigged officiating, scripted games, drafts, trades, etc. (or at least rumors of it), or just a bad effort on the court, I think the NBA needs some major restructuring.
Anyways, before I go, I'd just like to single out some of the worst defensive players in all of the NBA. I had a wide variety of players to choose from, but I narrowed it down to three. I tried to pick three players who are well-known and get way too much respect as a result of their terrific offensive skills.
Anyways, here are my top 3 worst defensive players in the NBA:
3. Kevin Durant
2. Antawn Jamison
1. Kevin Martin
Way to contest the shot their Kevin... not.
Peace out guys, and Merry Christmas to you all.