The NBA has finally announced the dates and times for the Eastern Conference Semifinals series between the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets.
The first two games in Brooklyn are in primetime slots. Of course the NBA would give the Bucks a Game 4 matinee tip in Milwaukee (insert eye roll). The NBA just couldn’t give Milwaukee a Saturday night game, huh?
Adam Silver with the BS already, man.
I was looking earlier, the last NBA Championship for the teams remaining in the playoffs entering today:
- Milwaukee Bucks, 1971
- Dallas Mavericks, 2011
- Philadelphia 76ers, 1983
- Atlanta (St. Louis) Hawks, 1958
- Phoenix Suns, Never
- Brooklyn Nets, Never
- Utah Jazz, Never
- Denver Nuggets, Never
- Los Angeles Clippers, Never
I thought this was pretty cool.
If the Dallas Mavericks win tonight over the LA Clippers, the Nets (and to a degree 76ers) will be the last “big” team in the playoffs and I’m all for it. Adam Silver will be on suicide watch if Clippers lose due to the “likely downfall of the ratings.”
The NBA has an ounce of parity for the first time in a decade and talking heads are distraught over ratings. I get it, it’s a business. But your job is to talk basketball, the game you claim to love. There’s plenty of it being played at a high level. Celebrate it!
The fact of the matter is, these people that are distraught over the ratings don’t watch basketball. These people get their ratings by doing lazy analysis for big fan bases and big market teams. And being expected to actually do good basketball analysis on teams they grossly undercover and underestimate terrifies them.
I guess morning and afternoon talk shows aren’t supposed to inform, they just want attention.
The NBA and national sports media HAS to try harder to market a two-time MVP in Milwaukee, an MVP in Denver, rising stars in Utah and Phoenix. The NBA doesn’t focus enough on small markets and prop their stars up unlike the NFL. I’m willing to bet that more casual sports fans know who Sam Darnold is than Nikola Jokic.
The NBA is a joke when it comes to marketing their own product. They are their own worst enemy.