When it comes to finding athletes who truly play for the love of the game, I’ve always believed college basketball beat the NBA in that arena any day of the week.
It’s exactly why I’ve always enjoyed watching the amateur college kids over the big shot NBA veterans. But, after the abysmal showing of talent and lackluster end to the NCAA tournament last year, I suddenly began to lose a little love for the game of the NCAA and began to develop a greater desire to watch the NBA.
I’ve always been a huge Boston Celtics fan and last year the NBA playoffs were one of the best I’ve seen – even though the Celtics lost to, of all teams, the Miami Heat.
I found myself wrapped up in the chaos and continuing to tune into the playoffs after Boston was eliminated, not because I cared about any teams left, but simply out of fear that Lebron James would walk away with a championship. (I guess I believed I could will it not to happen by watching?)
When Dirk and the Mavericks held up the championship trophy at the end of the playoffs, I was left at ease and eager to watch the 2012 season, which I insisted would end with another Celtics championship.
But with the NBA Lockout continuing without an end in sight, who’s year will it be, if anyone’s?
The NBA is set to cancel an additional two weeks of the regular season after negotiations stalled between owners and the NBA Players Association. David Stern, the NBA Commissioner, even suggested there likely won’t be any NBA games on Christmas, either.
No NBA on Christmas!? For the last couple of years, it’s become a tradition in my family to sit around the TV while the Lakers take on whichever NBA giant at the Staples Center – usually it’s the Celtics or Heat.
But, without the NBA what am I going to watch? What am I supposed to do on Christmas during all that family time during the holidays?
NBA don’t you see what you’re doing to us? If U of L basketball doesn’t live up to expectations and the Final Four turns out to again have 11 seeds battling 8 seeds for a chance at the title game, then what do we have to look forward to?
For the love of the game, will you please come to an agreement, NBA owners and Players Association?
Otherwise, we’ll all have to watch hockey this year. And, I definitely will not be okay with that.
Category: Between the Lines
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Ashley spends half her time writing stories at The Voice-Tribune office and half her time out on the town conducting interviews, while occasionally dressing in wild outfits to fully immerse herself in the experience (aka Princess Leia at Comic Con). Ashley is a huge UofL fan and loves the Yankees and the Boston Celtics (she is fully aware of the irony). She hopes to one day outshine Erin Andrews on ESPN and enjoys running, Bardstown Road/Fourth Street, Breaking Bad and reality TV (she’s not ashamed to admit that).