Miami Heat are saving team sports, according to Jason Whitlock
NBA, Miami Heat

Once again, Jason Whitlock completely misses the point

3/20/13 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Mar 18, 2013; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) keeps the ball away from Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green (8) during the fourth quarter at TD Banknorth Garden.  The Miami Heat won 105-103.  Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY SportsIt's always fun to break down something that Jason Whitlock says and discuss why it's ridiculous and miscalculated, since that's usually how it works. Whether it's racist tweets about Jeremy Lin, blaming sports blogs for the Erin Andrews peephole incident, or that one time when he said he thought he deserved a Pulitzer, Whitlock is always worth reading, even if it's just to ridicule him.

His latest masterpiece: The Heat are saving team sports by giving the regular season meaning once again.

While it's certainly impressive and exciting to see what the Heat are doing this year, there's really no way to even make such conjecture until they win a championship.

If the Spurs or Thunder (or someone else) manage to knock them off in the playoffs, then it doesn't matter if they win the rest of their games this season. It will all be for naught.

Whitlock compares the Heat's winning streak to the HR race between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa in 1998.

Perhaps Whitlock forgets how that story ends, with McGwire and Sosa both being completely disgraced because of the PED scandal.

The regular season doesn't suddenly matter more, now that the Heat are on this huge winning streak. The Heat's games matter a bit more, but people still really won't tune in for quite a few of their games. Is anyone really going to watch the Heat play against the Cavaliers, Pistons, Bobcats, and Magic, knowing that those are the worst 4 teams in the Eastern Conference?

The Heat-Celtics game was a big draw, but that will always be a big deal. The Heat and Celtics always put on a good show, and Monday night was no exception. When the Heat play the Bulls, Spurs, and Celtics again, people will tune in. Not only because of the streak (although that is a factor), but also because those are good teams and they should be good games.

At the end of the day, this winning streak is really interesting, but it only matters if the Heat go on to win a championship.

Nice try, Whitlock, but you've missed the mark once again. Wake me up when the playoffs come.
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3/21/13   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2796 respect

I also believe their are lots of people turning into Heat games simply hoping to see them lose.  Last nights game against Cleveland was a perfect example of my opinion of the NBA.  I truly don't know how a team missing its top 3 scorers, is up by 27 at any point in the game. 

3/21/13   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

You're missing his point that most people say you don't need to watch the regular season of sports like basketball and hockey, because most teams make the playoffs. Now the Heat has given people a reason to watch the regular season. You do know that Jeff Van Gundy said during a recent broadcast, that he thinks breaking the Lakers' streak of 33 straight would be more impressive than winning an NBA championship? Not saying anyone would agree with that, but other people besides Whitlock do view the streak as a bigger deal than perhaps you do. 

And his point about Sosa and McGwire was about making people care again. Of course it ended up being for the wrong reasons, but at the time baseball was struggling with attendance and overall interest due to the strike a few years prior. That epic battle brought fans back to the game.

You know how many people detest the NBA for various reasons? I guarantee even those people are interested now.

3/20/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Well.. they can;t stop the roof from leaking in Cleveland... back to the locker room the teams go...

3/20/13   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2796 respect

As a Nugget fan I love how all of the media's attention goes towards the so-called "sexier teams" like Miami,  the Clippers and the Lakers.  All the while the Nuggets are on their own 13 game streak including beating playoff favorite OKC twice, and the Bulls both on the road back to back.  Whitlock may have unusual takes on life, but he is just a large microsm of the people who cover the NBA.  Until someone knocks off the Heat or takes their titles from them, they will continue to be the Golden Child of the league.  I would suggest to the South Beach highlight reel though that OKC, Spurs and Pacers have their eyes on the prize as well so don't shine that Trophy to much unless you just want to prepare it for someone else to look at.

3/20/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

What site does whitlock write for,,,,teh one now one reads and now the ceo wants them all to show up in the office each work day....whitlock is done for ....