NBA is still about basketball, not entertainment

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NBA is still about basketball, not entertainment

A commonly used phrase from sports media analysts, anchors and in-game announcers for a player’s performance is, “he’s not his old self” or “he’s not the athlete we’ve grown accustomed to”. Most of the time the reason is that the athlete is returning from an injury which diminished their performance for a good deal of time. Other times it could be that opposing defenses are learning through advanced scouting and game planning what the player’s strengths and weaknesses are and the teams’ are able to contain his performance. What analysts and sports news reports miss on is reporting on advanced scouting and its role in preparing teams for games. Fans are smart enough and probably would like to hear more about this area instead of the off-season cameo appearances of athletes on regular TV drama shows or comedies.

In the current era of advanced technology, the professional athlete has more resources available to them than ever before on how to perform at a peak level for 82 nights a year during a basketball season. None of this though takes away from hard work during practice, intense film study during the week and drills with position coaches. The NBA athlete can’t simply rely on his talents and abilities because of the scouting and preparation by opposing teams. Players seemed to have missed out on the hard work athletes from previous eras had to do on their individual basketball games’ and now seem to “go with the flow” on the technological revolution rather than take full advantage.

For many of these reasons fans seem to see more players on injured reserve make miraculous comebacks but less evolution of their basketball skills. Fans will see more players getting frustrated during post-game and in-game interviews or analysts speculating on controversies rather than how a team prepared for a hot shooter and won the game. Fans still watch and attend basketball games to actually watch the game and enjoy its fundamentals rather than the “star power” of one individual player or what a former player/now analyst will say at halftime.

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