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Kwame Brown taught Andrew Bynum everything he knows, says Kwame Brown

Kwame Brown has a dubious history in the city of Los Angeles. In his two-and-a-half season stint with the Lakers, Kwame solidified his label as a draft bust  after the Washington Wizards blew a first-round pick in the 2001 NBA Draft (although that pick turned into All-Star Caron Butler).

Dropped passes down low in the post. Poor offensive post-skills and inability to finish around the rim. Awful position on offense. Lazy rebounding. Kwame Brown suffered from it all on offense.

So it’s a little surprising when Kwame decided to take credit for Andrew Bynum’s success as an offensive machine. Here’s the quote, via a tweet by the LA Times’ Mike Bresnahan:

Well, alright. I mean, sure, Andrew Bynum has been the pupil of the legenday Kareem Abdul-Jabbar all these years, but what does that matter? Kwame knows this game inside and out, and his defensive prowess is enough to force Bynum to learn from Kwame by trial-and-error and also by observing what not to do as a starting center in the NBA. You know what they say: Those who can, do. Those who cannot, teach. Kwame’s definitely living his life by the latter.

In all seriousness, what a stupid — yet hilarious — thing for Kwame Brown to say. I’m sure the jokes on Twitter should force him to re-consider that statement.

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Kobe Bryant is on his way to becoming the Brett Favre of the NBA

Even Kobe Bryant's own picture thinks Kobe isn't playing that well.

Superstars in any sport aren’t without faults. In fact, all superstars in any sport suffer from incredible bouts of narcissism or, at the very least, insane stubbornness.

Save for a very rare few, the superstars who can’t come to grips with their declining talent after years of physical dominance in their arena are the ones most detrimental to their team’s success. The most popular, and recent, example of someone in such a dubious position was that of Brett Favre. Because despite a decade and a half of incredible durability and dominance that is stuff of legends, his finals years as a pro — save for his once-thought-to-be last stand with the Minnesota Vikings in 2008 — ended up hurting the franchises he played for, at least for the seasons that he was signed on as the starting quarterback.

Despite leading the 2007 Green Bay Packers to the NFC title game, his late-game decision-making (a game-ending interception) propelled the New York Giants to one of the greatest upsets in Super Bowl history. Overall poor play (and a league-leading 22 inteceptions) kept the 2008 New York Jets from the postseason. Even his career-year in 2009 with the Minnesota Vikings ended on a sour note, with the Vikes missing out on an opportunity to clinch a Super Bowl berth when Brett threw a late-game interception within field goal range (that would have put Minnesota ahead late in the fourth quarter), forcing the game into overtime where the New Orleans Saints would kick their way into Super Bowl XLIV. And, seriously, do we have to mention his 2010 campaign, arguably the worst in his career?

Throughout Brett Favre’s career, he was considered to be in the upper echelon of quarterbacks nearly every year, mainly thanks to his confidence in his own abilities. However, the twilight of his career saw an epic collapse, which was, ironically, due to his over-confidence in his abilities as a quarterback. No longer could he gunsling his team to victory, instead gunslinging games away from his teams.

Of course, knowing Brett Favre’s history — I know, I know; probably more than you needed to know — is essential to understanding how Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers is taking the same path.

For over a decade, Kobe’s dominance in L.A. was unquestioned. Sure, he was — and always has been — one of the most hated athletes during that time and, sure, he was selfish early in his career (namely at the beginning of Phil Jackson’s second tenure with the Lakers, although the talent level around him warranted such selfish play), but it was difficult to argue when he was single-handedly accumulating wins for the Lakers. His play down the stretch of games and the inability to guard him when he began sinking 20-footers with a hand in his face (and an arm on his elbow) was all thanks to his confidence in his abilities and his drive to prove he was the best player on the court, regardless of his injury status or his off-the-court issues. That mindset resulted in two more championship banners in Los Angeles with him as the lead dog (or “dawg.” Whichever you prefer.)

But last season? And the beginning of this season? That same mindset has doomed the Lakers. It was a huge reason the Lakers were swept out of last year’s playoffs and it’s probably the biggest reason the Lakers are struggling to start off a 66-game campaign, with a .500 record.

In the 2010-11 season, Kobe’s knees continued to suffer from years and years of abuse (with major knee problems beginning in the Lakers’ 2010 championship run in the postseason), which was compiled by an arthritic index finger on his shooting hand as a result of never working to resolve the once-upon-a-time broken digit. And though those knees are no longer an issue and Kobe’s learned to shoot with four functioning fingers as opposed to five, his wrist, which is debilitated and wrapped every game due to a torn ligament, is continuing to hurt his game.

But, to Kobe, that isn’t a big deal. Give credit to the dude for keepin’ on trucking, but let’s not forget that he’s hurt and he isn’t playing at the level he should be or, at least, the level that he thinks he’s playing at.

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No, seriously, Andrew Bynum is close to being as good as Dwight Howard

Andrew Bynum, disgusted at the rim

If there’s one thing Los Angeles fans are notorious for, it’s being the West Coast version of Philadelphia fans. We love our teams with a passion, just like you do, except we are incredibly radical and impatient. We want to win now, and at all costs. Build through the draft or develop young talent? No thanks, we’ll trade our ever-promising youngster for your megastar athlete.

Such is the case with the Los Angeles Lakers.

There’s no doubt that, over the past ten years, Lakers squads have been built via free agency (i.e. Shaquille O’neal, Matt Barnes, Ron Artest/Metta World Peace) or through trades (i.e. Pau Gasol). And though the big dawg/Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak has been more than willing to move whatever pieces are necessary to bring in the next big superstar to Hollywood, there’s one important player that has yet to be officially but-no-wait-David-Stern-vetoed-it traded out of Los Angeles: Andrew Bynum.

Sure, there are rumors. There are — and always will be — rumors. And though some have substance, they just don’t make sense.

Lakers fans have been too quick to give up on Drew, not because he hasn’t looked all that great, but because every time the 7-footer soars for a rebound, the entire Laker nation gasps in suspense. Those knees — incredible medical staff be damned — have been known to give out in the worst of situations.

Of course, the chatter and consensus here in L.A. is this: If Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith calls and wants Bynum and insignificant pieces (i.e. draft picks) for Howard, do it. Don’t ask questions. Don’t negotiate. Just do it.

Because people here, in Los Angeles, couldn’t give a rat’s ass what Andrew Bynum could be. Rather, they only see Bynum for what he is now (or, at least, what he was before he exploded onto the scene Saturday against the Denver Nuggets when he racked up 29 points and 13 rebounds). And that is a youngster who has potential, but isn’t Dwight Howard.

Now, I just spent 330 words explaining to you what the general sentiment about Andrew Bynum is. All of them are necessary because it’s vital to understand the mindset of an average L.A. fan is. (That doesn’t make them less of a fan, mind you, but as an L.A. fan myself, I can tell you that we just sound plain dumb sometimes.)

But what do I (and have I, for the past two years) think? Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard is a mistake.

Numbers-wise, OK, Dwight Howard had Bynum’s, um, number(s). DH12 has been a 20/12 machine for the majority of his career and he’s been the sole reason that the Magic have made it to the NBA Finals once and to the playoffs for the past five years. He’s athletic as hell and has never had an attitude problem.

But that’s where Dwight Howard’s advantages end.

Because while Dwight has been the number one scoring option for the Magic during their five-year-long postseason stretch, Andrew Bynum has been buried as the third — sometimes fourth — scoring option during the second Phil Jackson era. With Pau Gasol’s acquisition, Bynum was relegated to playing defense and banging the boards (both of which he did well, averaging a 16.7 percent rebound percentage — while playing alongside 14.7-percent’er Pau Gasol the majority of his career, mind you — comparable to Dwight’s 20 percent rebound percentage). In his career, Bynum’s usage rate (the amount of plays used by a player by percentage) has been a shade under 18 percent, while Dwight’s has been 23 percent. Over the past few years, the biggest difference between Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum is minutes and games played, as well as usage rate.

From a non-stat-geek perspective, there isn’t a doubt that Howard is dominant. Most nights, it looks as if Howard is just stronger, quicker and faster than any man that wants to take him on, one-on-one. The amount of and-ones the dude puts up in one game is ridiculous, because he’s strong enough to finish at the rim while taking a hard foul. But outside of his brute strength? He still needs a lot of work with his post moves (they’ve gotten astronomically better through the years, but they still aren’t amazing). His footwork needs improving, and he needs to be able to take an entry pass further out from the paint and be able to use savvy — not just strength — to get to the bucket. Even further, Dwight’s height is a killer for him. Though his game is perfectly tailored to an All-Star center, his height at 6-foot-10 is damning. His arms aren’t extremely long to help make up for it and though that doesn’t hurt his defensive game, it’s a pain to watch him get shut down by the likes of Jarron Collins and Kendrick Perkins (which happens quite often). Against longer front-courts, Howard is doomed (think back to the 2009 NBA Finals, where Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum nearly negated DH12 for the majority of the series).

Andrew Bynum? He may not be as polished as Howard is in some respects (using his strength to force his way inside, for example, as well as using his athleticism to help out on defense). But his post moves are incredible, because his footwork is gorgeous, despite the fact that he’s a long 7-footer. With Bynum’s back to the basket, it’s a wonder how he doesn’t score because if he isn’t backing you down with conviction, he’s using some sexy spin move off the block and straight into the paint. He uses his long-ass arms well to get up and over defenders to prevent fouling or to draw fouls for seemingly-easy and-ones. His offensive IQ has reached the level of your average veteran center, as he often gets in perfect position to clear lanes for penetrators or for an entry pass into the post where he works his magic.

And this is Andrew Bynum, two years younger and a few inches taller than All-World Center Dwight Howard.

Of course, that’s not to say Bynum is better than Dwight Howard. Howard’s on another level, but just one level above Bynum, as opposed to the several levels everyone thought for the past two years.

Of course, we won’t know who’s better until the two finally get to play one another, one-on-one, on January 20.

And something tells me that this won’t be like other meetings, where Bynum merely defended Howard rather than posted him up.

In just 17 days, we’ll find out if the two centers will put on a show that might change everything come trade deadline.

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The NBA is back. Happy holidays, fans


Kobe Bryant wants you ... to watch the NBA again

The NBA. Coming soon, December 25.

A deal has been reached and 66 games have been saved. NBA bloggers (including yours truly) can return to blogging about how J.R. Smith is a lazy fool and if Andrew Bynum can be a superstar. No longer do we have to mention the word “lockout” in a blog post (unless the context goes like, “Ha! Lockout? Never again”). No more BRI splits, no more 15-hour-long meetings in which we have to keep refreshing tweets of those in the know of the talks. None of that, for at least another few years.

Sixty-six games are coming our way, meaning the tender, juicy meat of the NBA season is going to be during a time where there’s no football to distract us from the second-best sport on the planet (to these eyes, at least). Sixty-six games that arena workers can find themselves employed in, and 66 games of questioning the notion that LeBron James is “the guy.”

The story lines, the drama, all of it. It’s back.

It couldn’t have started at a better time, either: Christmas day tends to be a huge day for the NBA, as it gets a ton of viewership with football stepping aside for once during its season.

We can worry about the implications of the deal later. Eventually, we’ll discuss the system issues implemented in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement and we’ll also begin to speculate and rumorize (is that a word?) about player movement, from free agency to blockbuster trades.

But for now, NBA fans, let’s just soak in the joy of having one of the most exciting sports re-enter our lives.

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Will We See a 72-Game NBA Season or No Season At All?

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The owners made their last good offer to the players, giving them a 50-50 deal and a 72-game season starting mid-December. However, will the players take the deal, or not? ESPN.com said that the players will unlikely accept the deal that was proposed. When David Stern talked about the deal, Derek Fisher said that the players will consider the deal and talks will in fact resume either Monday or Tuesday.

The proposed deal also includes more players demotion to the NBA D-League. Sources have said that the deal also includes raising the age limit to 20 years old instead of 19. The D-League clause, as reported, says that it will only affect the 14th and 15th players on the team. The D-League clause is part of the “B List” negotiations, and they could change it when talks resume Monday. The other main points will not be up for discussion as Stern says so.

“We both recognize the seriousness of what we’re facing,” Stern said. “I think both sides would like to begin the season on Dec. 15th, if that’s possible. I think our teams want to start playing. That desire is matched by our players. We’ve done the best we can to cause that to happen. I think the events of the week and the offer that we presented had the desired impact of causing us both to focus intensely on whether there was a deal here to be done. We very much want to make the deal that’s on the table that would get our players into training camp and to begin the 2011-12 season.

“I don’t have a crystal ball. I just have the ability to hope that it will come to that and that our players will accept this revised proposal from the NBA.”

24 hours of negotiations were made, but however, the union is disappointed, according to several sources. Stern says that if they don’t accept this deal, there will probably be no season and Stern make this go back to a 53-47 split in the favor of the owners. As I look at the deal from what it says in several articles, I think the players could take it. However, it just seems as if the players want more in the income.

“It’s not the greatest proposal in the world,” NBPA executive director Billy Hunter said of the proposal. “But I have an obligation to at least present it to our membership. So that’s what we’re going to do.”

For Monday’s meeting, the players union will either reject the offer or vote out of the majority of the 450 players who will do so.

“We don’t expect them to love every aspect of our revised proposal,” Stern conceded Thursday. “I would say that there are many teams that don’t like every aspect of our revised proposal.

“(But) we moved as far as we could and now we’re at where we’re at.”

Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry said that the players will be ready to walk if the deal is not good enough.

“For us to take a bad deal at this point, as players, would be not good for the game of basketball and it won’t be good for the players going on into the future,” Terry said. “In life and society there are three classes: There’s the upper class, the middle class and lower class. And what the owners are trying to do right now, what their proposal is, get rid of the middle class so you have one or two guys on each team making ‘X’ and the rest of the guys crunched down at a smaller number and then no middle ground.”

Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo agreed with Terry that deal may not be good enough, but it will be enough to accept: “But I think some players are desperate enough to take anything right now.”

That right there just kind gives all NBA fans a glimmer of hope that there will be a season. In my opinion, a 53-47 split would have been fine. Listen: I mean, in what company gives it’s labor 60 percent of it’s income? What company does that? Anybody? The players should be lucky that we even made it to the 50-50 split. Don’t expect getting anymore. The best bet would be a 51-49 split in the favor of the players, but that’s about it. And that, to me, looks like it should be able to work.

Honestly, I really don’t know what to predict, but my heart says that the players will accept this. If they deny the latest and revised proposal, there will be no season. Just imagine how many will effected by this. Much more jobs look like it will be lost and the NBA will just plummet completely. And when talks resume next year, what makes us think that they will get even better for the players? We’ll be back to the 53-47 split that we started out with. We’ll back at square one. It’s really no point. This is the best deal maybe. Sure it may use some tweaks, but they can resolve that during Monday’s meeting with the remaining issues. In fact, I like some of the rules. The 20-year-old policy is actually nice. It limits the chances of seeing busts coming in the NBA. Though I miss seeing players draft straight from high school, doing this would be much more beneficial for most teams.

Right now — and, really, I never thought I would say this — but I think I might side with the owners on this now. Seriously. First of all, remember what I said earlier? What company or league gives it’s labor the majority of the income? About 60 percent of the income? Like, really, come on…seriously? Plus, the owners have to operate things that even let the players play: stadiums, tickets, endorsements, and all kinds of stuff. Plus, we’ll save a bunch of jobs for the year. Think of how many people in all 30 arenas that are working in there will be unemployed? That is not going to look pretty. Look at what happens to the fanbase of the league. Plus, the owners are working on trying to save this league. Look at all the players joining forces to create superteams. No! No! No! Look at what has happened to the Cavaliers and Raptors since LeBron left. Many teams are falling already like the Bobcats, Timberwolves, and even place where basketball is the biggest — Indiana. These teams could all be contracted thanks to these superteams. And we do not want that to happen.

The owners are doing the right thing. The best bet is for the players to accept this. It keeps them in shape because there are some NBA players out there that are probably not doing as much as others and are being lazy. Seriously, we don’t want anyone coming to training camp becoming overweight, fat, and lazy. And we’re gonna see a bunch of that if we lose a season. Look at Shawn Kemp! We don’t want anyone to be Kemp-ed.

For me, I like the owners side and my final stance: the players need to accept this deal.

Or else, this league is gonna look haunted in the near future.

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A short NBA season might be good. Here’s why

The NBA season is in danger. With some speculating the season might be canceled indefinitely, NBA nuts across the country (including myself) are getting pretty upset at the entire lockout ordeal.

But what if the season is shortened to 50 games or so? What if the season started in January and ended in April?

That’s a fun little thought to have. The consensus is that everyone is first and foremost an NFL fan, and secondarily either an NBA or baseball fan. A good chunk of people chose to flip between a 62-7 win for the New Orleans Saints and a pivotal game four of the World Series. You can expect the same kind of thing if the NBA Finals were in November, because basketball suffers early on in the season.

A season that lasts from January through April would see each team play, roughly, 50 games. (Based on the Los Angeles Lakers’ schedule, there would be 50 games from the start of January to the end of the season April.) With the NFL playoffs dominating households across the nation, there would be no Thursday night (and only a few Sunday night) football games in January, with only one game — the Super Bowl — being played in February. NBA fans who are far more interested in football, especially during the postseason, wouldn’t be missing much by the time February came around.

Because the Lakers and the New York Knicks, two teams w\h the largest fan-bases, don’t only play on Saturdays and Sundays. In fact, the Lakers only play five weekend games in January, while the Knicks only play three. And with only two to four NFL games being played, your average sports fan isn’t getting his fill, nor is he likely to be watching his hometown team in the playoffs.

Currently, Sunday morning games, which air on ABC and ESPN, begin after Christmas. Which means your Sunday morning lineup for NBA games is definitely going to interrupt with your NFL playoff schedule.

A 50-game schedule doesn’t just avoid the TV ratings’ death sentence of being engulfed in NFL football, though. A 50-game schedule emulates something that the NFL does: Keep fans hungry for more.

As of now, the entire NFL season takes up just five months (from the beginning of September to the very first week of February). The 82-game NBA season? Seven months and a week or so (starting with November all the way through the NBA Finals in early June). And, I’m sorry, but even NBA diehards have a difficult time grudging through the dog days of the NBA season in February, where it’s too soon to speculate playoff positioning and too late to be excited about intriguing games.

A 50-game schedule is short enough for NBA fans to miss something if they don’t watch basketball for a couple of weeks. That’s why the NFL is so successful: Miss a week or two of football, and all of a sudden, you’re out of the loop and the Detroit Lions are contending for their division title. Miss another week? And suddenly those same Lions are 5-2 and starting to collapse. (That’s all hypothetical, of course.)

No one’s feeling the economic impact of a shortened season save for the stadium workers. Local small businesses aren’t too hurt by the lockout that’s going on. With merchandise stores and bars across the country being overwhelmed by the love football is getting, no one cares about the NBA season being canceled … yet.

In February, March and April, those bars suddenly feel the hit. Because that’s when basketball season really starts. That’s when fans have no other outlet, when baseball season is barely starting back up and football season is already over. (I’m excluding the NHL; since when/where could you ever catch a hockey game? Seriously.)

The distractions are too abundant and that’s why we’re in a horrifyingly long lockout with two weeks of NBA basketball canceled. Fans aren’t as loud right now as they would be when they realize there’s no more football for another seven months. You might even say some diehard NBA fans want a season cancelled up until the point where football is almost over so they don’t miss anything.

Of course, an NBA season being permanently shortened to 50 games from 82 is a hell of a longshot. Owners want those seats filled for 30 extra games, even though a shortened season might fill more stadiums and bring TV ratings up. Theoretically.

But with the way the lockout negotiations are going now? We may get a nice little test run of that idea real soon.

 

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Here’s what probably went down when Kevin Garnett, Paul Piece and Kobe Bryant rejected a 50/50 split

As you have heard by now, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Kobe Bryant went all by their lonesomes this past Tuesday to confront NBA commish David Stern to tell him that a 50/50 split of the pot wasn’t good enough.

Apparently, things got out of hand with one unnamed player (though it’s heavily implied that it was KG who got crazy heated) and an NBA owner had to come in and calm things down.

But what happened exactly? Not that I have any insider knowledge, but here’s what I strongly feel occurred in that little meeting:

KG, Kobe, and Pierce: (Synchronized) David, we need to talk.

David Stern: Hey, boys. You guys are all in your game gear. Good to see you’re ready to suit up.

Paul Pierce: We ain’t suitin’ up to play. We’re suitin’ up to tell you we mean business.

DS: Hahaha, OK.

Paul Pierce: Oh, is that how you’re gonna play it? I guess “good cop” isn’t your style. KG, take care of ‘em.

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Cancelled NBA Games hold importance and may lead to Cancelled 2011 NBA Season

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Don’t look at me like that. It is a viable option. Both the NBA and the NBPA are unwilling to budge in their position and it appears as if this type of monumental fan punishment is what the league was aiming for all along.

Fans assumed that the NBA would behave like the NFL, buck up and get things together so that only the preseason would be lost. After months of monthly meetings and stale faces stepping forth out of the black shadows of the negotiation rooms, we should have known better.

But, that is what we, as fans, get for putting the trust into the league’s hands to actually handle the labor dispute with finesse, stability and zero bloodshed.

Players were obviously upset at the news that the league was cancelling games. Were fans shocked? Hell yes! Lies bring about surprises so it is only following suit that ticket holders be gasping for air when the report was released that the most important games of the season would be scrapped.

These two weeks hold the storylines that are penetrated and strangled throughout the rest of the season. Miami’s loss to the Boston Celtics in their season opener and then the Celtics’ subsequent loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers posed the question, “Could the Cavs be dominating where their dethroned King failed?”

Of course this direction was quickly demolished and reformed when the Cavaliers began dropping games like hot potatoes, but the option was interesting to dwell upon nonetheless.

In the first two weeks of the 2010 NBA season, the Los Angeles Lakers pretended to be the men they were the season before during the NBA Finals. The taste of victory had to be among the sweetest ever tasted by Bryant, but the aftertaste proved to be tad bittersweet.

The hurrah smashing of the Boston Celtics in a high-powered Finals series appears to be dawning upon his last. No one can deny that Kobe’s once baby ‘fro will be turning into a distinguished salt & pepper topping pretty soon, at least in hooper years. In those two weeks, we saw the surge of someone who many, discounting the infamous Laker gang (fans), thought was on his way out.

Would the Lakers return to the Finals at that point? If you were to ask any basketball fan or random watcher, the answer would be yes automatically. From what I saw I was two seconds away from jumping on the bandwagon myself.

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ESPN would like to remind you of all the NBA games you won’t get to see

A bit assertive, no? If you check out the schedule on NBA.com, you just get the first four games that we would get to see if the lockout ended right now. ESPN? Not so much. Instead, they start from the beginning of the season and show you each canceled game. Week. By. Week.

Maybe the mothership is just as ticked off as we, the devoted fans, are. Not like that’ll help or anything.

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VIDEO: Some sports bars in Texas don’t really care if the NBA season is cancelled

The effects of the cancellation of the first two weeks of the NBA season thanks to the labor impasse are still being talked about. Besides the whole “the fans are the ones that get screwed” ordeal, workers for the NBA (guys like janitors, score-keepers and others) and local businesses are also supposed to suffer. Not so fast, though.

Some towns’ local sports bars in Texas don’t really sound too worried about lost business as a result of any NBA season cancellation. And that could very well project onto the rest of the nation’s sports bar scene. Hear what sports bar managers are saying down in Amarillo, TX in the video below:

In the video, two different sports bar managers discuss the impact of a possible cancellation of the NBA season. How much will it affect the sports bars? Virtually, in no way possible. Business is booming for these two sports bars, and the reality is that the NBA is not the NFL. Basketball doesn’t have nearly as much traction as football does, and the sport often takes a backseat to the sports world until after the first week of February, when the Super Bowl is decided.

You can expect the same response from sports bars and local businesses across the nation that thrive on the sports world for revenue. It’s tough to swallow, considering NBA fans are a dedicated bunch, but when 21 of the 29 NBA cities also have NFL teams (and one of the remaining eight is Los Angeles, where there are plenty of other teams to root for), that’s what the general reaction from local business owners is going to be — indifferent. Which sucks, because one of the biggest reasons the NFL and its players made progress as fast as they did was because not only would both sides lose out on money, but some of the biggest draws for all local businesses — including sports bars — is football, and when there’s no football, revenue suffers. Basketball, again, just doesn’t have that kind of backing.

Of course, we say this now, in mid-October, right in the heart of the MLB playoffs and the NFL season, but those sports bars may sing a different tune in March, when baseball once again becomes irrelevant and football is far from over.

Until then, though? The business scene does not care much for the NBA, and that sucks.

 

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