I admit it; I don't follow the NBA anymore. About 20 years ago, I checked out on the league. Not the sport; I still watch college basketball. But the professional version jumped the shark back in the 90's, going from athletic competition to entertainment. Almost WWE like, though not quite as over the top. (Well, Shaquille O'Neill's introduction in the 2009 All-Star Game was straight out of the WWE's script.)
We've even heard allegations that the league is fixed. But this year, the insinuation seems to be growing even stronger. It seems that I see and hear more and more buzz that the league is fixed lately. The latest allegations revolve around the league's draft lottery, and today, it melted down on the Jim Rome radio show.
Can it be proven? Hardly. But it seems these suspicions are becoming harder and harder to dimiss as they become more and more prevalent. Which raises my question for NBA fans: would you be satisified if the NBA morphed to a WWE format, where it's more of an entertainment activity than a competition? Or should the NBA take all of these suspicions and accusations as a serious threat to the viability of the league? Or is it much-to-do-about-nothing?