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NBA All-Stars Exhibition Tour is a Bad Idea: A Fan’s Opinion
As the National Basketball Association (NBA) lockout continues, a new proposal for basketball is in the works. More than a dozen NBA all-stars are planning an international exhibition tour. While this may temporarily pacify NBA fans, it is a bad idea for a number of reasons.
Injuries Waiting to Happen
On Friday July 01, 2011, the collective bargaining agreement expired and the NBA locked out its players. Since then, there have been no regular workouts or practices. Players have not been in contact with team trainers and physicians. They have been on their own and they are probably out of shape. Throwing unprepared players into game situations is asking for injuries.
Who Will Coach?
NBA coaches are forbidden from contacting players during the lockout. So who will coach these NBA all-stars? It is a daunting task to manage the egos of players like Kobe Bryant(notes), LeBron James(notes) and Dwyane Wade(notes). Maybe a former NBA player will coach the team? That would be interesting.
NBA fans are not going to accept these exhibition games as replacements for the real games. These games are meaningless. They will do nothing more than remind us of the NBA games we are missing.
The players are planning this exhibition tour. They are selecting their opponents. Will they schedule games against top competition like Spain or Argentina? Probably not. The players want to put NBA excitement on display. They can more easily accomplish that against cream puff opponents. But what is the point of seeing them pound Puerto Rico by 40 points?
Eye on the Prize
During the NFL lockout over the summer, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo led his team through players-only workouts. The Cowboys, like other NFL players, used the time off to prepare for the season. I wish NBA players would follow this example and focus on their season too.
The NBA All-Stars exhibition tour is a bad idea. Nothing good can come out of these games. The tour will be a cruel reminder of what NBA fans are missing. If the tour does happen, I will not watch the games. However, if there is a high-flying dunk or devastating injury I may take a peek at the highlights.
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Edwin Torres was born in New York City. He has been a Knicks fan since the early 1980s. He has visited Madison Square Garden on many occasions to watch the Knicks and his favorite player, Patrick Ewing.
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