These playoffs have made me angry for a myriad of reasons, primarily the Blazers are out of the playoffs. This was the biggest downer, as it happened right as I entered finals (how can I be happy when my favorite sports team has "gone fishin'?). But that, my friends is besides the point.
Now, I may be missing something, ever since the Blazers lost, I largely stopped paying attention to the playoffs, since my team is gone. Furthermore, I hate LA, I dislike Boston unless they are playing LA, nor do i particularly care for the Magic. Normally I would dislike the Jazz, but they are playing LA. However, my disdain for them grows everyday knowing they can never beat LA in the playoffs, which just frustrates me, because we could.
All of this is besides the point. What I am writing this fanpost about, is the storied disproportionate media coverage I have witnessed, primarily surrounding the Meniscus debacles. When Roy tore his meniscus and stated he might still play since he could do "no further damage", every pundit, analyst, and person who purported themselves to be a NBA expert (I'm looking at you Barkley) derided his choice and the organization for letting it happen. WOE is portland for playing to win. "They are jeopardizing their future". "There is no way he can play and not injure his knee more, that whole organization is dysfunctional". "what a horrible move by Portland". These and quotes like them were commonplace as I TRIED to enjoy myself watching the PDX PHX series.
However, these statements made me think, maybe they're right. Regardless, now the same situation has emerged with a player on one of the media darlings. Andrew Bynum has a torn meniscus, and he has chosen to play through it. Perhaps it's because I haven't watched too many games since that fateful game 6 last week. Perhaps it's because I avoid the LAL UTH series, because it's been predetermined. Yet, I see no condemnation of the LAL decision to let Bynum play. This even after Bynum, a center as injury proned as any, had the tear in his meniscus that was worsened only a few days ago. Now it appears he's made out to be a hero, a champion. WHAT!!?!? Am I missing something here?
They said PDX was jeopardizing their future....isn't LA doing the same thing? Bynum is their best player under 30...(Gasol has 2 months, he hardly counts). How is this NOT jeopardizing THEIR future? Well, here i rest my case and my nerves. I hope no one else posted something like this; I hate to duplicate things, but blame finals for my lack of B-Edge reading consistency...Good day