I will would love to turn the other cheek, but I am not sure it would go any good. Not only are most media members calling you a no talent team, the NBA has not released any games involving you. So, there you go.
There are a couple ways to take this if you are one of those teams not on the list. First, the league doesn’t care about you. Second, the NBA is trying to create more hype going into the season. Lastly, ala “The Decision”, this was a stupid idea.
Well, I don’t really think the league doesn’t care about the Wolves, Mavericks, or Spurs. But it does make you question Oct. 27th Blazers at Clippers and Jan. 17th Bulls at Grizzles. I guess the Clipper game will be last years No. 1 pick, Blake Griffin’s first nationally-televised game. But I am not sure about the marquee factor with Bulls at Grizzles. Same could be said for the Dec. 25th game with the Blazers at Warriors, but it looks like this is the game on the west coast that will cap off a five-game-holiday-special blow-out of basketball. Nothing says Christmas like watching over-paid athletes complaining to the refs.
With games featuring the Wizards and Clippers, the league is get the No. 1 picks on TV – nothing more. Then we also see a lot of games with the Heat, Knicks, Lakers – as usual, Magic and Celtics. There really is no doubt as to why.
It was a stupid idea. Just like LeBron could have simply released a statement stating he was going to the Heat, the NBA did not have to release these game desperately. Everyone would have known which games were “marquee” without you shoving it in our faces.
But with NFL getting more attention, MLB races getting tighter and postseason approaching, I am sure the league felt the need to get back on Sportscenter and blogs and back in the media spotlight for a couple hours. It does help when a chunk of those games are on ESPN, so of course they are going to spend time discussing it.