The NBA is just a different animal.
For years, I’ve tried to fight the characterization that it’s “reality TV” because, well, reality TV is stupid.
Now, there’s no way to ignore it anymore though. The NBA is a reality show that is more addicting than “The Bachelor”, with far more entertaining live tweeting to pair with it.
We can thank #NBATwitter for that.
Think about this, one player, Otto Porter, was traded while he was in the layup line.
One of the players he was traded for, Bobby Portis, was seen leaving the arena where he was supposed to play with a backpack and his Bulls jersey, like a little kid leaving school before his family moved in the middle of the school year.
Bobby Portis just left the United Center. All he had with him was a small Louis Vuitton backpack on his back, a pair of shoes and a Bulls jersey. He looked shellshocked.— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) February 7, 2019
Then, the Mavericks said “hold my beer” and traded Harrison Barnes while he was on the bench.
Harrison Barnes got traded while he was literally on the court.— SI Extra Mustard (@SI_ExtraMustard) February 7, 2019
He has earned the Curb treatment pic.twitter.com/5vKWTDAZHs
To add to the story, LeBron James had a strong opinion of the timing of that Barnes trade.
Now, keep in mind, LeBron didn’t have the full information, because Barnes reportedly decided to play for Dallas Wednesday night even with the possibility of a trade looming.
Still following along? Good.
There’s just no other professional sports league that brings you these storylines/drama/wild #NBATwitter moments, and whatever you decide to call these moments, they has everyone addicted.
The NBA is undefeated off the court, and nothing else comes close.
Even the trade talks between the Lakers and Pelicans seem far more like a storyline from The Kardashians.
The Lakers essentially tamper with Anthony Davis, he then asks for a trade. The Lakers offer half their roster, everyone’s first born, and a Smush Parker jersey, but the Pelicans keep stringing them along mostly out of spite without any real intention of making a deal before the deadline.
It got personal, and we’re all here for it.
Now sure, there’s some negatives to this new trend.
With Kevin Durant deciding to go to the Warriors, it’s taken so much intrigue out of who will likely win the NBA title. So many people just assume it’s Golden State again that they find more of an emotional investment in the player movement.
That being said, the Warriors could look very different next year, and there’s quite a few teams looking to make a push for the top.
In the end, the chaos of NBA rumors has now spanned into a year-round show complete with public feuds, open recruitment while scoffing at authority and their silly rules, all keeping even the most casual fan enthralled with what could come next.
Yes, it’s reality TV, and yes, we’re all coming back each season.
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