It was the right night and the right place to have tickets to the right NBA game.
The beginning of Thanksgiving week, Monday, Pelicans at home against the star-filled defending NBA champion Warriors. A standing-room-only crowd was in the home — 18,589 in an arena with a listed capability of 17,900.
And it was an expensive bait-and-switch ripoff — a tank job in the primary degree.
Coach Steve Kerr, that champion of social altruism and justice, held 4 of his starters — Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins; a complete of roughly $137 million this season in salary — out of the sport, the complete game.
Apparently in need of a bunch rest, they didn’t even trouble to wear their uniforms.
Game? Did I write “game”? It was a prefabricated farce, a light-weight scrimmage.
The Pelicans won, 128-83, the second-largest winning margin in team history. Anyone bet the NBA champion Warriors with NBA-partnered Rattling Idiot FanDuel?
Uninspired to play competitive, highest-level skilled basketball, the teams killed time by attempting 85 3-pointers. Warriors “starter” Jonathan Kuminga made just six of his 20 tries.
Adam Silver, who now appears to be operating on a wish list, has made sure to care for what makes NBA team owners beg, roll over and play dead: TV money. Teams will not be allowed to rest healthy players during games broadcast on national TV.
It was loosely often known as the “Kawhi Leonard Rule” — because the Clippers star was frequently given games off to cut back his “workload.”
As for the in-house, out-of-pocket suckers paying as much as $3,500 for a courtside seat to Monday’s Warriors-Pelicans, nothing prevented them for having fun with a very good view of Curry as he kicked back on the bench. The NBA sells its superstars in any position, including sitting.
As pro sports proceed to buckle under the strain of its own excesses — look no further than the vacant empty seats in latest Yankee Stadium because it opened in 2009 and the disappearance of some Yankees Friday night games to exclusivity on a streaming enterprise — those excesses remain untreated, neglected.
Look what Roger Goodell’s “good investment” PSLs did for the Giants and Jets. Teams can’t keep their second-string QBs healthy — not to say the remainder of their highly paid players — so let’s add more regular-season games to artificially stimulate their bottom lines.
What number of more playoff teams can MLB add before even the dimmest wits know they’re being had?
How much due diligence did Rob Manfred conduct before he made a front-and-center promo cope with collapsed crypto smoke-in-a-pail FTX? How did MLB and Manfred escape the category motion suit filed against all those celebrities who were paid to push FTX?
“Obviously, the FTX development was a bit of jarring,” explained Manfred. “We’ve been really careful moving forward on this space.” Yeah, obviously. Very careful.
Are 82 regular-season NBA games too many to make sure real competition — real, all-in basketball quality has develop into one other matter — too many to permit adequate rest and healing? Obviously, they have to be.
But to cut back the variety of games is to cut back everyone’s income, owners and players. Taking less for the development of the product in each the short and long runs is anathema to the present sports business that emphasizes raw greed.
And so “games” corresponding to that one Monday in Recent Orleans develop into, as Tom Jones crooned, “common.”
What number of amongst those 18,589 learned the hard strategy to never spend one other dime on an NBA game? How many professional sports customers have develop into conditioned by their favorite sports and teams to never return?
What number of fresh suckers will be found to exchange the previous suckers?
On Dec. 13 the NBA champion Warriors will play on the Bucks. On Dec. 14 they may play on the Pacers — their only game in Indianapolis this season. But will there be a game or simply one other session of three-card monte?
No reason to be in a Big Blue hurry
Ours is just not to query why, but still …
Thanksgiving Day, Giants down 28-13 in Dallas, 5:50 left and the clock is running.
The Giants run for 4 yards into the center of the sphere, the clock continues to run. The Giants walk back to the huddle (Why weren’t two plays called in the course of the previous huddle?), break the huddle then walk back to the road of scrimmage.
On Fox, each Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen are lost to elucidate why the Giants are showing no sense of urgency, as if it were an early first quarter series.
Inside tip: Run toward daylight
Graphic of the Week: Fox’s lead college football analyst, Joel Klatt, revealed “Keys to the Game” prior to USC-UCLA that read: “Attack Space With Athletes.”
Penalty kicks determining World Cup games — all soccer games, for that matter — can seem unduly harsh. To be called for non-flagrant fouls while contesting the ball mustn’t carry the identical game-decisive punishment as tripping a player as he’s about to shoot from just in front.
We’re left to surmise that NBC continues to consider we enjoy Cris Collinsworth as a Sunday night every-play know-it-all. There’s no delicate strategy to write this, so we’ll borrow Ralph Kramden’s assessment of his mother-in-law: “You’re a blabbermouth!”
I just don’t get it. In the course of the first 25 minutes of the England-U.S. match Friday, three Fox announcers, including reporter Jenny Taft, kept encouraging us to do what we already were doing: Watch the match.
If Fox Sports 1’s Colin Cowherd weren’t such a transparently giant gasbag, he’d just be a standard-sized gasbag. Before the 1-1 U.S.-Wales World Cup match Monday, as chronicled by @BackAftaThis, Cowherd said: “This match, from people I trust, goes to be low-scoring.” He was serious. He had inside info that a soccer match just is perhaps low-scoring.
Well, punch my ticket: It’s now not a matter of being considered for a university football playoff spot, now it’s a matter of “becoming a part of the conversation” and entering “the narrative.”
Drew Brees seems to have disappeared from all those “Live Your Bet Life” TV sports gambling ads, those that encourage young men to bet every game, all game.
Axe and You Shall Receive: College Hoops Game of the Week — Eastern Illinois 102, St. Mary of the Woods (Ind.) 40.
This is just not a drill! Viewer Red Alert: Bears-Jets, 1 p.m. on Fox. Daryl “Moose” Johnston within the booth. Check distant for fresh batteries, double-check mute button for optimal function, remove sharp objects from reach, notify next-of-kin.