For the Love of the Game
The analysts of today are in charge of feeding us narratives and assumptions instead of actual logic, thus making for poor discourse between fans who feed off their ignorance.
It’s been six years since the greatest sports analyst of all time, “Stuart Scott” passed, and honestly — ESPN hasn’t been the same.
Now ESPN has some great shows today that provide top-notch sports analysis, like my favorite, “Jalen & Jacoby.” But for the most part — the shows that are popular among basketball fans aren’t that great. Shows like “First Take” see the hosts spend a little over two hours debating over irrelevant topics that don’t provide any fan or new fan actual knowledge.
In my opinion, most “analysts” of today are too biased to do their job correctly. We live in an era where it’s cool to bash athletes over every little thing, and then talk about why they’ll never be on the level of the past greats that they “over idolize”. Now I won’t exclude myself — I crack a lot of jokes on Twitter about all NBA players, but it's jokes at the end of the day. We don’t know who these star athletes are and we shouldn’t unless they give us a reason to.
Now let me ask a question, how often have you watched a basketball game, checked a random social media app, and immediately saw an “analyst” complaining about something completely irrelevant to the game and the sport as a whole?
Too many times right?
The analysts of today are no longer responsible enough to be professional — they rarely take the time to share anything that is both knowledgeable and correct. This has made for poor discourse between fans who truly enjoy the game for what it is.
I’ll go out on a “limb” here and say that most debates you’ve had with a fellow NBA fan were more than likely a waste of time, right? You both hit each other with insults and narrative/agenda-based “facts” that aren't facts at all. People get that from the Nick Wright’s of the world and the Skip Bayless’s who are literally on air to be biased, overdramatic, and negative.
If they said it on TV or the internet it has to be true right?
Nah. That’s how they pull you in, watch the game for yourself and determine your own thoughts and opinions. Most of these “analysts” have their own reason for saying the things they do. A lot of them don’t even watch the games — which is unfortunate because they get paid to act certain ways on TV.
The league is filling up with a HUGE amount of young talent that’ll be around for the next generation of fans and fans like me who’s era of talent is slowly, but surely dwindling.
So for me, it’s odd to see so many people complain about the game they get paid to cover. Like there’s no way you spent all that time and money to perfect your craft and rise through your profession just to bash these athletes 24/7, 365 days a year.
It’s too many of us that love the game of basketball for these so-called “analysts” to continually hate on the same game and players they should be spreading knowledge about.