Being a Spurs fan, I am biased. I'm willing to admit that. It's part of being a fan. Media on the other hand are supposed to be unbiased. Of course the problem with sports media is that there is precious little journalism and what there is, is hardly unbiased. Sports media is mostly made up of people who are paid to give their opinions. Collin Cowherd of ESPN Radio is a perfect example. He's not supposed to be unbiased, he's supposed to get ratings. So he'll say some outrageous things and it helps his ratings. Bill Simmons is the same, but he just writes instead of being on radio. We all know those kind of guys.
The other kind of sports media most prevalent as the "analysts". Jalen Rose and Mike Wilbon for ESPN. Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith for TNT and many others. These guys are supposed to give opinions, but there's the idea that they should be somewhat unbiased in those opinions. This, of course, is a laughable assertion and is never the case. The bottom line is, everybody's biased. The issue many of us despise is the idea of unbiased coverage. When network talking heads or writers go on about a team like they are unbiased it rubs us the wrong way.
All of that lengthy introduction to talk about one of those times that as a Spurs fan, I've been rubbed....but all in the wrong way.
Quality basketball right there
I was unable to watch all of Wednesday night's Bulls/Heat game due to somebody offering to buy me dinner at a somewhat decent restaurant. I do not pass up free meals unless the food is not worth the price. So after being fed and satisfied from dinner, I return home to watch the last quarter of the monumental battle of "The Big 3" versus "Derrick Rose and Co." (I'm nots sure why I used quotation marks, but it's there). The game is close, so that's good for me as a neutral, things seem to be going well for the Bulls as they tie the game up at 73 somewhere around the 7:00 minute mark.
This is where things break down. This game was awful basketball! There were 24 points scored in the 4th quarter of Game 2. Total. Not 24 by James and Wade. Not even 24 by one team. 24 points by both teams. The Bulls had one legit scorer on the floor and one shooter, Rose and Kyle Korver respectively. Other than that, it was a bunch of hustle/grit guys versus the Big 3 and 2 nobodies. There was a 4 minute stretch where neither team scored. It was brutal. The ball movement resembled a game of 5 years olds....hold on to the ball as long as possible and then fire it up.
I think I know why both the Heat and the Bulls have such good defenses. All either team does on offense is isolate and wait for the shot clock to run out. If they don't do that it's probably going to be a turnover or some hideous shot with 3 guys in the face of the shooter. The Heat's game plan was to walk the ball up the floor and hand it to James.
The Spurs have caught so much grief over the years for being "boring" or hard to watch. Let me admit, there were times that the basketball wasn't amazingly entertaining. A couple of those games in the 2005 finals come to mind. That said, is it ok to for somebody to come out and claim that the "three best players in the world" were part of a dreadful game of basketball? Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose launched shot after shot after shot and it was not an epic night of amazing play, but rather a display of the ineptitude of teams that rely solely on athletic ability.
Will there be somebody to call a spade a spade? Will we see a biased or even unbiased assessment of last night's burtal game? I've got a feeling that I'll be waiting an awfully long time for somebody in the sports media to bring up the fact that the 4th quarter (and my guess is the whole game based on the stats) was a dreadfully boring affair. At least the Spurs have Manu Ginobili who'll flop around a bit.