While browsing around the interwebs, I came across a video of a display of extraordinary sportsmanship.
A goalie is about to kick the ball as a goal kick, but the goalie's shoe is untied. An opposing player ties his shoes (the goalie has heavy gloves and cannot tie his own shoe) so he can kick it full on. A referee gives a delay of game penalty to the goalee and awards a free kick. The opposing player again steps up and does something pretty amazing. He misses on purpose.
This got me thinking about the NBA and the culture of competitive dishonesty that is ingrained in the sport. Has anyone ever seen a player say "No Ref, he didn't foul me." Or miss free throws on purpose? Instead, when confronted by a reporter in the locker room the player will typically say something along the lines of "Yeah, I felt contact."
What is considered sportsmanship in basketball? We all hated when Durrant would whip his arms around and up to get three free throws, but we loved it when Battum would do the same thing. When a player helps another one up we think that is a great deed, or that not making that last shot in a win is a means of showing repsect.
There is an element of the NBA that is completely rooted in falsehood -- not like bluffing in poker, but doing something to get the call, as opposed to doing something to get fouled.
Is there room in the NBA for sportsmanship? I know that Soccer has the biggest floppers in the world, but that fact doesn't dimiinsh the overall point.