Let me just start off by saying that I am not a NBA fan. I used to be a fan of basketball, but, in the past few years and since I’ve become a fan of hockey, my liking the sport has just sort of stopped.
So, with the work stoppage going on, I know a lot of people are upset by it, but, I’m not. I can live without basketball. Here’s why:
It’s likely that fans of the Trail Blazers will be looking for something do during the lockout. You know, there’s a talented (as much as the Blazers, maybe even more, but, I’m biased) hockey team called the Portland Winterhawks (Last year, they scored five goals in a minute and fifty-nine seconds in Spokane, who had a good year last year, too, and two blow-out wins: 8-2 against Tri-cities (http://winterhawks.com/video/index– on February 5th), and 9-1 versus Seattle)
- maybe the Oregonian and other newspapers will feature something other than the blazers on the front page of the sports section.
- maybe the sports TV/radio broadcasters will talk about something other than the Blazers, you know, like the Winterhawks (who made it to their league finals last year, and will look to go to the Memorial Cup, the Stanley Cup of Canadian Major junior Hockey)
- We won’t have to deal with the crazy antics that the giant ego-ed basketball players (Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, just to name a few) seem to bestow, or the things that they would have said (Lebron)
- Along with more fans paying attention to hockey, equals a boost in TV ratings. For instance, the Stanley Cup finals last year were apparently just as interesting as the NBA Finals (I don’t know, I didn’t watch the latter.) Guess which one got move views in the U.S.?
I know of a lot of people who will be disappointed if the NBA looses it’s season due to the lockout. I’m glad that I was not a hockey fan when the NHL had it’s lockout, even though only the NHL was locked out. I don’t know how I would have lived through it.
Part two is coming tomorrow, don’t worry basketball fans, it will be arguing the downside of the lockout.