When the NBA players went on strike and missed a portion of the 2011-2012 NBA season, I knew what I had to do. But it's been hard. My team (Sixers) are playing great, I would watch those games. The NBA is full of excitement like Jeremy Lin breaking records and barriers. The Thunder have young talent, the Heat are awesome to watch, and think of all the rooting against the Lakers I am missing out on. The desire to watch is overwhelming me, yet my integrity and character instruct me to avoid these players who are out of touch.
I tuned into a few NBA games, for a moment or two and every time I do I am overwhelmed by feelings of disgust as I watch these greedy self destructive men. I still can't get over the fact that they insisted on 3% more in this type of economy (NBA Lockout 2011). I can't get over that most of them came from nothing, that most of them know how important the game is to the communities they came from, and how they fought all their lives to play a game for a living, and refused to play it over a very small amount of money. I can't get over the fact that they knew if they didn't play, and that if they took games away from the season they would end up with a smaller pool of money. I can't get over their greed. I can't get over their lack of humanity when they forced thousands of stadium employees out of work and to the unemployment line in this trying time.
I can't get over their stupidity, they made the sport smaller, they are making a bigger percent of less. They destroyed the sport at the moment where it had reached it's most exciting moment since Michael Jordan. They have ruined the NBA for me. They have ruined it for many. My love of basketball and the NBA is deep. My instincts are to watch some of these games, and every single time I turn one on for a second, I can't enjoy it, they are horrible people and are not fun to watch. I tend to focus on how out of touch with both society and their own lives they must have been to strike. I can only think of how they don't deserve my viewership. They disgust me. I feel like spitting in their faces, not watching them play. They certainly will never get another penny from me. For that I will wait until every current NBA player retires, until I can pay for merchandise or a game. Just as I did when I boycotted baseball after the strike of 1995 until 2009. I was addicted to baseball as a kid, collected cards, and it was my life. When they showed me that they didn't care about the fans at all, I realized I should stop caring about them. The NBA players have showed you they don't care about you, themselves, the ticket holders, the kids who watch the game, and those employed by the game. They only care about money, and for that I detest them. They don't deserve to be the NBA.
If you ever find yourself in a position to get paid millions of dollars to play a game you love and pursued your entire life, do yourself a favor and play the game. If they tell you they want to pay you 3 million instead of 3.1 million, take the 3 million. Don't forget where you came from.
UPDATED: Speaking of boycotts, most of you are already boycotting Chris Brown for brutally beating Rihanna. The NBA felt it was appropriate to hire Chris Brown to perform at it's recent All-Star game. Is there a vortex of stupidity at the NBA now? This decision was made by NBA management. It's just one more reason to boycott the NBA.