Instead of giving fans a tournament of virtual HORSE played at various basketball stars’ outdoor courts and home gyms, why doesn’t the NBA put on something that people would actually like to see? Remember ‘Hard Knocks’ from the NFL and HBO? Yeah…that should happen in the NBA…now. Let’s take a look at the details.
While ‘Hard Knocks’ generally takes place while the NFL has their preseason training camps, the NBA is in a similar situation here. They (the NBA) hasn’t been producing much content, other than Instagram Live sessions and HORSE tournaments, but something like this could be used as a recovery from the brand-busting HORSE tournament that may or may not still be even going on…who cares anyway? Check out one passionate fan’s reaction to the tournament here.
Not only could this convert some NFL fans into NBA fandom prospects, it would give others an insight into what life in the league is actually like and how hard players have to work to get to the level that they’re at.
Due to the playoffs quickly approaching, I’d recommend that only teams with little or no chance to make the playoffs get this extra media exposure. Why? First, it would give casual fans a chance to take a look at some of the lesser organizations that aren’t always publicized in the media i.e. Hornets, Cavaliers, Timberwolves, Hawks, Pistons…the list could go on forever. Second, it wouldn’t give any of the competitive teams any extra media coverage to throw off their team chemistry right before the post-season. Nobody likes excuses, and this way it could work out for everyone.
Since the ‘training period’ is roughly 25 days — 11 days for personal workouts and then a two week team training camp (or something like that), camera crews could come in for just the two week period of team activities or shadow individual players during their individual workouts (preferably both). At the end of the week, possibly on Sundays, the league could show the edited footage for 30 minutes on Facebook or ESPN.
If you’re reading this, hopefully it’s not too late and the NBA still has a chance to implement this novel idea. Be sure to share and get the word out to anyone that needs to hear it (Adam Silver). As always, stay safe out here.