Wednesday, February 19, 2014

LeBron James whines about not getting enough time off during the All-Star "break"

New NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently spoke about a conversation he had with LeBron James at the All-Star game:

"One of the issues LeBron raised is a break during All-Star [Weekend]. A guy like LeBron, All-Star Weekend is not a break for him in any way. He's going around the clock with a combination of things the league is asking him to do, personal commitments, and I think it makes sense if we can work in the schedule a few days so the All-Stars can get a break as well."

I have two thoughts on this:

1.  It's called the "All-Star break" because it is literally a "break" in the season during which the "All-Star" game occurs.  It wasn't actually created to give you personally a break, LeBron.  However, there is in fact something called an "offseason" which is generally considered to be a pretty nice chunk of time away from the office.

2.  Silver says "a guy like LeBron," but there is nobody else like LeBron.  He's the only super-duper-mega-star the NBA has.  Even if you throw a few other guys into the mix, it's still an extreme minority amongst the league's players.  The fact that Silver is already thinking about changing something simply because "King" James said so is a little disconcerting (like when LeBron secretly had the 'no hanging on the rim" rule abolished?).  It's Lebron's league, and everybody else has to just stand by and watch.  Ugh.

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  1. Wow, dude, your tone makes it seem like you're from Ohio.

    I actually think it would be a good idea to build in a bit more off-time for the players at the All-Star break. The grind of the season really does show in the quality of play at times (too often?), but we know darn right well they're not about to cut back on the regular season.
    This time around, every team had 5 days off -- at least one had 6 days.
    They just need to cut back on the number of games scheduled for the 2 or 3 days leading into and coming out of the Friday-to-Monday shutdown. It would be a simple matter to give every team a 6- or even 7-day break without violating the fine print of any of their TV contracts.

    1. Yeah, I have a real distaste for LeBron. I honestly don't even care if they do make the break longer, I just don't like the appearance of the new commish kind of being in LeBron's pocket.


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