For all those college basketball fans, that love the college game with the great atmosphere and excitement, I'm here to remind you all that the NBA is fantastic and equally full of atmosphere and excitment. It's opening night and I'm watching the defending champion Boston Celtics battle the LeBron James Cleveland Cavs in front of a loud and excited crowd. The Celtics got their championship rings tonight and some of the players, including Paul Pierce, were overcome with emotions and let some tears fall. A lot of NBA haters like to say that the players don't care and are only playing for money, but I think the display tonight and when the Celtics won this past June, shows that the players do care about winning. The money is large and I don't for 1 minute think that it is not important to the players, but winning and losing is also important.
Another argument haters like to use, is that the players don't play defense with intensity like in college ball. This is not true, the reality is that the players in the NBA are so skilled and talented offensively that the average NBA defender can't guard an outstanding offensive player. When the guys can hit open jumpers like layups and have the ability to put the ball on the floor and drive to the basket, it makes it hard to lockdown. In college, most players have a weakness, either not a great jumper or not a great ballhandler, so its easy to limit them. Why do you think Freshmen, like Derrick Rose, Michael Beasley, Kevin Durant, and Kevin Love can walk right into college ball and dominate, they are very skilled and not easily stopped.
The biggest problem I think the NBA has right now is officiating, there seems to be no logic behind fouls and traveling calls. NBA players complain and whine to the refs because what they just got called for a foul on, was not called a foul the last time they did it, and it wasn't called a foul when it got done to them. NBA officials just need to call the game as they see it and stop making favorable calls for stars. The best players will adjust to how the game is called and the cream will rise to the top.
The last thing I'll say, is that if you like to watch basketball, how can you not like it played at its highest level. As good as Terrence Williams, Tyler Hansborough, and other college stars are, they are not 1/2 as good as Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Chris Paul, and other NBA superstars. The talent they have, the abiltity they have, and the work ethic they have ( and pro athletes work hard, its not just God-given talent, a lot talented guys never make it to the pros) is far greater than what is shown in college ball. Just sit and watch a little bit of an NBA game this season and you will be amazed at the shot making, ball handling, passing, skill, and defense displayed, especially when compared to the college game. Stop slipping on the NBA, you are missing some great ball playing.