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Since: Sep 09
#1 Jul 4, 2010
There will be no shortage of people who will root against Lebron James no matter where he goes - for having single-handedly stifled all other Sports conversations this Summer. ESPN has been leading with a story about Lebron for virtually a month. A lot of people are tired of it, and him.
The NBA is barely relevant right now among mainstream sports fans, particularly over 40 years old. In some parts of the country the NBA is no longer among "The Big 4" (Football, Baseball, and Hockey being the other 3). NASCAR and Soccer have bumped the NBA from the conversation in those areas. College Football and the NFL make the NBA totally unwatchable until February as it is.
The point is, David Stern can't be happy about the Lebron side-show, intended or not (I think it's VERY intended on Lebron's part. He's eating this up). The NBA has a public relations problem, and the parade of SUV's and $100K cars with tinted windows - filled with out of town team Execs on TV adorning "The King" with gifts and promises is simply the last thing the NBA needs right now.
#2 Jul 4, 2010
Wow, Bob, this article is completely forgetable. I like your work so I had hoped for better. Like most every other reporters' and, especially, bloggers', article on NBA free agency, it lacks insight/content. I just wish reporters who have neither to offer would stop writing on the subject. Spend your time writing on subjects about which you have special information and can share that with the reader.
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