This one goes out to all the people, and I’m ashamed to admit there are more than a few of them, who don’t care if the Milwaukee Bucks leave town.
They argue, over and over and over, that the NBA is boring and that nobody wants to see these millionaires jogging up and down the court putting the fans in the stands to sleep.
I’m going to ask those people to do me a favor. A personal favor. Do it just because I am asking you to.
Sit down in front of your TV and watch two or three of the NBA playoff games going on right now. I don’t care which ones. Any series at all will suffice. I’m confident that what you see will amaze you.
I have probably covered somewhere between 15 and 20 playoffs. I’ve seen almost all of them for the past four decades, and I can’t remember one that has been so full of excitement and drama as this one.
Every game, it seems, comes down to the final seconds. Perhaps the best athletes in the world straining and struggling for the winning shot or to stop the winning shot.
Low seeded teams are whipping top seeded teams. Memphis, for God’s sake, may well beat the current NBA darling franchise, Oklahoma City. Chicago may get swept by Washington.
You think the joy of winning and the pain of losing is amazing during March Madness, you should see the NBA stars celebrate and mourn. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, two huge stars walking off arm in arm after a shocking loss to Memphis. It’s an unmatchable vision.
So, to all those haters, those with the little minds and a perverse idea of a major league city, just tune in. Find the games here, pick up a TV Guide or whatever you use. Find a game and allow yourself to watch one or two with an open mind.
Go on. I double dare you.
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