Unless you're a fan of the Trail Blazers, the Sonics or the Spurs, Tuesday was a pretty bad day for most NBA fans. And in the long run, it could be pretty bad for the NBA as a whole.
The fact of that matter is that with Portland and Seattle locking up the first two picks in the NBA Draft, it means Oden and Durant will be headed to the great American Northwest, where watching basketball ranks below chopping wood on the list of fun things to do (although chopping wood is fairly popular).
While there will at least be no conspiracy theories about any kind of rigging of this year's draft, the fact remains that the NBA had two megastars for this year's draft who won't be going to any big time basketball markets. Also bad is the fact that Oden and Durant will spend the majority of their time playing on the west coast, meaning most people won't stay up late enough to watch many of their games. And don't even get us started about teaming up Oden with Darius Miles and Zach Randolph. Let's hope he hangs out with Brandon Roy.
Also bad was that Phoenix missed out on Atlanta's draft pick because it was a top three protected pick. So all of us hoping to see the Suns add Corey Brewer or Al Horford to the mix and challenge the Spurs next year (in a hopefully legitimate series), we're out of luck unless some major trades happen on draft day or the Suns go free agent shopping after Marion is expected to leave.
It was also disappointing to see the Bulls wind up with the number nine pick. I have no clue who'll still be around by then. Noah? Hibbert? Julian Wright? Will any of these guys help them get past the Pistons next year? Doesn't seem likely.
Combine all of this with the fact that the Spurs won yet another snoozer of a game Tuesday, and the fact that ESPN had the draft right before the game in order to try and sucker fans into watching it to beat SpongeBob Squarepants in the ratings, and what are you left with? Nothing worth watching, that's for sure. The NBA seems to be dying a slow death in front of us.
Will Oden and Durant revive basketball in the Northwest? Probably not. Will Phoenix do something to get a key player from this year's draft to get over the hurdle and into the finals? Probably not. Will Atlanta ever draft a point guard? Probably not. Will someone finally deck Bowen when he shoots one of his baseline 3s? Probably not.
So why I should I care? Why should anyone care? Stern and the league seem to be stepping all over themselves right now. If it hadn't been for the Warriors this year, would this go down as one of the worst NBA seasons ever? I just hope Oden and Durant turn out to be awesome pros. Otherwise, God help the NBA. Otherwise it'll soon be on Versus getting shut off for the Preakness.
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