Bruce Flowers: TV basketball — Where is the fun?
As a former professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers, I played for the money. I quit when it became a “job,” and no amount of money was going to make it fun for me again.
Instead of enjoying the sport I had played for more than 15 years, I likened pro basketball to “running around in your underwear throwing a ball at a hoop.” What did I contribute to society? Not even enjoyment for the 3,000 spectators who came to the arena to watch the lowly Cavaliers play in those days (1983). I was an entertainer, and the show was not a very good one.
Now a spectator, I have a new basketball perspective. Play was the original idea behind the game of basketball invented by John Naismith, a physical education teacher at a YMCA in Springfield, Mass. Naismith wanted to keep his students active — indoors or outdoors. Activity, not spectating, was the original purpose of basketball, or any sport for that matter. Inactivity has led to an obesity epidemic in America.
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