I have always loved sports, and I’ve watched the NBA on TV countless times.
I’ve always loved watching the best players compete.
I loved watching NBA stars get paid millions and millions of dollars to make the game great.
And it’s just so easy to see why.
But what I don’t love about it is the constant negativity and the constant lack of progress.
There is no love lost between the fans, and the players.
In a sport with millions of fans, the fans always get the most attention.
I was never a big fan of the way the league was run, or the way they would spend millions of their hard-earned money to try to get a superstar to play in their league.
But I also never felt it was fair to the fans.
The fans were always the ones that got the most money.
I didn’t think the fans were getting enough for their money.
And if they were, it was because the league didn’t give them a fair shot to compete for the most coveted prizes.
So the fans got to keep their money, and we got to watch our favorite stars get rich, and get to spend millions to try and get the best athletes to play for us.
And that was OK with me.
I felt OK with that.
But then one day the fans started to boo the players and boo the team, which was not OK.
It was not a good feeling.
I remember that night vividly.
It’s a day that will never be forgotten.
It was March 9, 2020, the first time I ever saw the NBA’s first game of the year.
I sat on my couch in Cleveland and watched it on TV.
My wife and I were watching it with my two sons and a friend.
I’m sitting in the living room and I’m thinking, Wow.
It is the most amazing sports game I’ve ever seen.
I thought to myself, Wow, the NBA is great.
But it’s getting worse and worse.
The league is the worst.
I can’t believe it.
It all started with the lockout.
The NBA lockout was the biggest thing I’ve experienced in my life.
And for the first week or so, it really hurt.
There was no fun.
I had no motivation to go to the game.
I couldn’t sit through the entire first quarter.
I went home to my wife and son.
And I thought, God, what a mess this is.
I mean, it’s not like I went to the same games as the other kids in my neighborhood.
I don’t know if that’s because I’m a big sports fan, or I’m just so cynical.
But I was really disappointed with how it was handled by the owners and the owners did a horrible job of not getting the job done.
The owners just didn’t care.
They cared about the bottom line, and they didn’t really care about the fans or the fans didn’t have any leverage.
So they just kept doing it.
They kept going and going and went, and kept doing this.
I was upset and frustrated, and then my wife started telling me that I was going to lose my job if I didn`t go.
And then I was angry.
And then I went back to work.
I started to go, Why?
I`m not quitting?
Why did they keep doing this to me?
I had to do something.
And I went through my whole day thinking, Why am I doing this?
Why am we doing this with this stuff?
And I just kept going back and forth with her, telling her, I can`t do this.
Why are we doing all this?
It`s just not fair.
I just can`T do this anymore.
And she was right.
I just did.
And there was a lot of pressure on me to get back to the job I love.
But at the same time, I wanted to stay in the business.
I loved what I was doing.
I wanted the NBA to succeed.
I wanted to make sure that when I got back to my job, it wouldn`t be as bad as it was at the beginning.
So that I could be a part of that success.
I could help make it better for the fans and the athletes.
But when I was back in Cleveland, I was asked about this lockout.
I remember the first thing I said to the owner was, I don`t think the lockout should have been handled the way it was.
And he was really defensive about it.
He said, Well, it`s a business.
If we can`ve got the money, we can get the players signed up.
If the money is there, we should just sign them up.
He said, Why don`s not we just let the players sign?
I said, I know that’s not going to happen.