I hate the NBA, I just fucking hate it. The number of games, the oceans of uninspired play between playoffs, the miserable egos… I know all of you can come up with exceptions, but I don’t care. The NBA is in the course of destroying college basketball, and once that’s gone, I’ll basically cease watching televised sports.
Chuck Klosterman has a devastating article on Grantland about what might happen if Kentucky wins this weekend:
“Calipari’s scheme will become standard at a handful of universities where losing at basketball is unacceptable: North Carolina, Syracuse, Kansas, UCLA, and maybe even Duke. These schools already recruit one-and-done freshmen, but they’ll have to go further; they’ll have to be as transparent about their motives as Calipari is…
… There will be five schools sharing the 25 best players in the country, and all the lesser programs will kill each other for the right to lose to those five schools in the Sweet 16… In 10 years, it might be a niche sport for people like me — people who can’t get over the past.”
Now the NBA has taken Harrison Barnes, John Henson, Kendall Marshall, and (barring a miracle) James Michael McAdoo away from Carolina, years before they were due to leave, years before a diploma. They just can’t say no to the money; neither would any of us.
I will still be there when it is a shell of the game it once was, huddled up next to the television, finding the lonely satellite transmission on channel 623, watching UNC take on Chaminade or Wisconsin Green Bay or Lafayette in early December. I will still watch, even as the salivating green monster of bullshit plucks our most talented kids away. I just wonder if anyone else will watch with me.