ESPN showing its clear NBA bias
May 23, 2017 3:00 AM
by Mike North
I love hearing ESPN hosts stating a case for the strength of the current NBA. Their bias is showing and it’s pretty obvious they are trying to promote a league they televise.
This past weekend Chicago native Mike Wilbon and former NBA player Jalen Rose, both analysts for the ESPN network, said on a telecast the league was fine. They commented the Association has always has been top heavy and predictable, and 40 percent of the titles have been won by a small group of teams.
Now some of that is true, but their narrative stopped short of the whole story. How could they not mention the lack of depth with today’s teams compared to the past? LeBron James has to contend with Kyle Lowry, John Wall and Isaiah Thomas. Michael Jordan had to contend with stars like the “real” Isiah Thomas, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Brad Daugherty, Patrick Ewing and Karl Malone.
Almost every team had a star to build around. Boston Celtics’ guard Isaiah Thomas, with all due respect, would be coming off the bench on the 1986 Celtics, and would certainly not be the main player.
So let’s set the record straight –today’s league has a couple of great teams, but the star-studded Golden Age of the NBA, at least for the time being, is a thing of the past.