As an NBA fan and season ticket holder in the Association, I was not pleased with what I saw today in the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. Total disrespectful behavior by players; total disrespect for the game by faking fouls; and total disrespect by a player to a member of the media in a post game interview. For all that care, this kind of stuff turns me off on this game, called PROFESSIONAL basketball on the highest level. It has nothing to do with the score and who won the game.
Headline: WATCH: Rockets bench laughs at OKC’s Andre Roberson for free throw struggles. (http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/watch-rockets-bench-laughs-at-okcs-andre-roberson-for-free-throw-struggles/)
The Houston Rocket bench displayed a lack of professionalism as they laughed at a player on the other team for his lack hitting free throws. In over 58 years of watching basketball in the Association I have never seen such unsportsmanlike behavior. The Rockets players acted like little kids that do not deserve to make millions of dollars and wear the uniform of an NBA team. You might say that the awful foul shooting by the Thunder player Andre Roberson was, in fact laughable. Well, a real professional in sports never laughs at a fellow player in such a manner. Let the players in the league turn the association into a league of comedy and let us see this type of behavior at every game? I don’t think so. Taunting is not allowed and this was worse that that. It is almost to the degree of applauding an injury to a player. Think not? I would put money on it that the NBA will investigate this form of disrespect toward a player in the Association. And if they do not, a big negative to the Association and why the f do I attend this product? Anyone needing season tickets Clay?
Give James Harden the disrespect he has for the game in trying to have the officials call “fake fouls” as the game is played. It was the first of the four games played that James and his acting did not get an Oscar nomination. He tried but for this night it did not work so well for him. James is in fact a great player that has a knack for being a dishonest player. And if you want to get right down to it, James Harden and Houston had the game won with 20 seconds as he had the ball in the Oklahoma City backcourt and could have avoided defenders and run the clock down to almost nothing. The Rockets held a five point lead. But James Harden is not a smart player as he went on a drive to score and lost the ball, giving the Thunder a last second chance to win. James Harden is not an MVP. MVP’s know the time and situation at every point in a game. As a fan of basketball, I was let down by Harden today.
Let us get to the Russell Westbrook and Steven Adams post-game press conference. Russell Westbrook, a no thank you for being an ass in how you treated a member of the press….Not professional in any which way. They ask the questions and the players answer the questions. Not only was Russell disrespectful toward the media person that asked the question but also to Steven Adams who did not get to answer the question. And having Russell telling the media person how to ask a question it totally out-of-line.
Time for the NBA to put their players in place. I was not happy with the players today. A lack of professionalism is not putting the game in a good light. That is my take sports fans.