It's Getting Just A Little Pathetic How Hard The NBA Is Trying To Become The NHL

If you’ve followed my work at all here at Barstool Sports [dot] com, there’s a chance you’ve seen a few articles published by me titled something along the lines of “Does _______ Need Enforcers?”. In these posts, I make the argument that such and such sport could benefit from having designated enforcers to keep the players in line via physical intimidation, much as is the case in the sport of ice hockey. While the premise of these posts are often quite in jest, there’s still a bit of truth to all of them. The thing about enforcers in hockey is that they’re not the bad guys that the fake news media would like you to believe they are. In fact, they are the most noble of gentlemen on the ice and they’ll do whatever it takes to make sure that everybody else out on that ice is adhering by the rules. Even if that means bashing somebody’s face into a million pieces. I believe that everything in life could benefit from enforcers in one way or another.

Well this brings us to today. Well not necessarily just today specifically, but the current state of the National Basketball League. You see, I don’t find myself watching the NBA that often. I’ll catch some Sixers games, I’ll watch all day on Christmas, I’ll watch the playoffs. But I’m not consuming every NBA game during a random week in January. However, I’ve been seeing more and more highlights from the league creep into my social media timelines and in these clips, it’s nothing but guys fighting (I’ll use the term “fighting” loosely here). The Clippers vs the Rockets. The Sixers vs the Raptors. Last night it was the T’Wolves and the Magic. Now for one thing, I don’t think I’ve seen any actual punches thrown in any of these fights. But that doesn’t change the fact that in 2 nights there have been multiple physical altercations in the NBA. And I must admit, I’m starting to get a little annoyed.

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But have you ever had a 5-year-old repeat every single word that you say back to you? Imitation or not, it’s friggin’ annoying as heck regardless. Should I feel flattered that the NBA is trying to implement more fighting into their game? I guess. But it also feels like athletic appropriation to me, which is quite problematic to say the least. Hockey players have been fighting for centuries. Actually, they’ve been fighting ever since the game was created. The first hockey game ever played had to be stopped halfway through the 2nd period after too many brawls erupted earlier in the game. Fighting is as much a part of hockey as ice and calling people by a shortened version of their last name with a “y” at the end. I just feel like the NBA is taking the NHL’s culture of fighting without really paying their respects to it, is all. You want fighting in your game? That’s fine. But you at least have to throw some punches and for the most part, it has to remain 1v1 without everybody else jumping into the mix. Clean it up and maybe we can talk.