A lot has been said about NBA Championship night. It is a night that the winners of the prior NBA Finals are given their rings.It is also a night that have for most part marked the beginning of a new regular season, so to speak a new hunt for another ring. It is a night that seems to merge the past season with the new.
For most players they agree with the proverbial saying," do not mix the old with the new". They prefer the rings to be given on a night they do not have to play a game. Recently, some players have expressed their feelings regarding when the night should be held. The Heat's Udonis Haslem wants the rings to be given on the team's championship parade day. Dwyane Wade wants the rings to be given the night before the season opener game. Players from the opposing team, usually the visiting team on opening night, do not want to have any part of it. Some elect not to show up on the court until after the rings given away event is done.
For the home team and the visitors, their position as players is well understood and sounds reasonable. They have spent all off the off season for an elect few usually the reigning champions celebrating, the rest of the league are healing from disappointment from a failed mission. Then for everyone, winners and losers alike, come the phase of relaxing and then tuning up their minds for the coming season. They go through the preseason games, getting their focal points set and reset. Mentally, they have gone past the prior season and have their sights on the coming season. Surely, an event that reminds them of the prior season for which they have put in so much work to walk away from, one could argue is not fair to the players. More so, when it is compulsory that one of them, i.e, the champions must go through the motion, like it or not, on a night they have to play a game.
Is it fair? One might ask. When it comes to the league, sometimes it is not what is fair to the players that matters. The league thinks first about the fans or make us to believe that it is all about the fans and the game. Should the championship night not be for the fans of the champions in this case, Miami? If it is all about the fans, should it not be held for Miami fans only on the parade day? One ponders if it is not all about $$. The more people that see it, the more marketing opportunities for the sponsors and like they say, for the good of the game. The league may also have a point. To play the devil's advocate, one could argue that it is a night to remind everyone in the league what the game is all about. The quest for a championship ring. And what better night to remind everyone of what it is all about if not the opening night of the regular season when the reigning champions are rewarded with their rings.
What do you think? Do you agree with the players, that the ring night should be on a non game night? Do you agree with the players, that instead of a reward for hard work, it has become a few hours of unnecessary distraction on game night? Or do you agree with the current status quo of having the championship ring night on a game day? Feel free to leave a comment.