This is an opinion piece.
Even as there is much enjoyment in watching National Basketball Association (NBA) games for featuring arguably the best players in the world, there have been developments in the league that are hard to appreciate. Here is a short list of what is currently wrong in the NBA.
Kyrie Irving throwing the ball into the stands
In a road game against the Denver Nuggets, Boston Celtics guard Irving felt disrespected when Jamal Murray attempted a three-point shot to try to get his 51st career point for the night—in the final second with the game already decided. After the missed three-point shot, Irving got the ball and threw it up into the stands. No matter how big a superstar you are, such an action, which might cause spectators harm, cannot be justified. After the game, the NBA fined him a measly $25,000.
The fans deserve to see players give their all in the court. These players, after all, get paid millions of dollars per season. While there is some logic in resting a player like Kawhi Leonard because he missed most of last season and has just recovered from a bothersome injury, we do not appreciate other players like Jimmy Butler deciding to rest himself. Injury will strike anyway at any time whether players rest themselves or not.
Age discrimination in Cleveland
Older players like Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith were taken out of the rotation with no guaranteed playing time. Why not trade them already rather than letting them languish on the bench? A former Cleveland Cavaliers Assistant Coach named Jim Boylan has even filed an age discrimination lawsuit against the team.
The NBA All-Star Three-Point Shoot-out
Accuracy from beyond the arc—and from all angles—is the whole point. So why did the NBA put in an entire rack with extra-point colored balls? In this way, a player wins not by the number of shots made, but by how many points he garners. Some of us do not like that rack being there.
The NBA’s Last Two Minutes Report
When the score in any game is within three points during regulation or overtime, the plays are reviewed by means of video. A report is then issued on calls that should have been called by the referees, also referred to as “non-calls.” There just seems no point in regretting bad calls or non-calls after the game. How useful is that except to make the referees look bad?
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