We don't have cable television and haven't had it. However, I can watch the NBA online some at TNT and ESPN. I can keep up with the NBA by checking on the scores and watching highlights. That means I'm seeing advertisements that support the NBA. I'm very unhappy with the NBA right now in light of moronic commentary from their players, some of which are from our local team, the Golden State Warriors. I feel like a hypocrite being interested in them.
I like basketball. I grew up in Indiana. I played organized basketball from 5th grade to my senior year in college. I coached a few years our school team here. As an adult, I played to keep in shape. Our local team is one of the best teams in NBA history and play a fun style to watch.
These players have a right to speak in public. They can say what they want. They don't have to, as one person put it, "shut up and dribble." They can speak. They have that right. I understand that the reasoning behind "shut up and dribble" is "stop talking if you don't know what you are talking about." People can still talk even if they don't know what they are talking about. I've not heard one player or coach who knows what he's talking about. Maybe they do, but they don't say anything that sounds like they do. They all say the same thing, not one says something different, complete lockstep, same message. If one of them did, he would have to shut up and dribble, because he would be shunned and castigated for speaking a different position. You hear zero conservative commentary coming from the NBA. Right now the NBA refuses to separate inane and destructive speech from its product. You have to take both. I refuse to do that.
As of today, I'm done with the NBA for the foreseeable future. I might give it up for the rest of my life. It wouldn't hurt me to do that. It would help me. Maybe you could join me. You don't have to do that, but I think it would help. I'm done watching them, checking on their scores, and reading about them. I'm sure I'll see scores and hear about them, but I refuse to click on one more NBA related article, story, or video. I'm done with them.