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Issue # 19 Thursday, March 12, 1998

About the Author:

Charles Loyd McIntosh

In 1997 Charles Loyd McIntosh was a news writer for the Talledega Daily Home (www.dailyhome.com). He was a former reporter for The Western Star in Bessemer (a small city west of Birmingham), Alabama, and a former Sports Editor for the Clanton Advertiser. At the time he was writing for the Sideroad, Loyd was pursuing a Masters in English degree at the University of Montevallo, Alabama. An avid sports fan, soccer is Loyd's sport of choice, one he has been known to coach in the recent past.

". . .it is now acceptable to beat your boss up in the NBA."

"Interestingly, the NBA doesn't have a policy against smoking weed thanks to the ever so powerful players' union. . ."


Spending Spree

According to the United States system of justice, it is now perfectly alright to choke your boss and threaten to kill him in cold blood. Of course, this may only apply to people making $87 million every second of every day.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, Latrell Spreewell of the Golden State Warriors in the NBA got an independent judge to reduce his initial one-year suspension from the NBA by about five months and had his multi-million dollar contract reinstated by the league. Come July 1, 1998, Spreewell will officially be a paid employee of the Golden State Warriors.

Of course, the team will trade him as soon as they are able, however, this whole situation just seems unsettling. As I said before, it is now acceptable to beat your boss up in the NBA. Of course, the NBA is one of the only institutions where the employees make more money than the bosses, but a dangerous precedent has been set.

The NBA is going through a severe identity crisis as of late. They are soon going to have the greatest player in the history of Humanity, Michael Jordan, take a seat for good, which will create a serious drop in interest in the league. If you listen closely you'll actually be able to hear the screams of the NBA TV ratings as they fall.

There also appears to be a thug mentality entering the league where players are out to prove they're the "baddest" thing around. It's almost like what hockey went through years ago; you always had one guy on the team whose job it was to start a fight.

Teamwork seems to be a thing of the past and marijuana use is on the rise among the players. Interestingly, the NBA doesn't have a policy against smoking weed thanks to the ever so powerful players' union which won't allow the league to test for doobies. It's against the law in the rest of American society, but OK in the NBA.

The current system in place in the NBA says a player can get high before a game, beat the hell out of his coach and then demand millions of dollars for his services. Call my agent; I need a job like this!

Furthermore, with the NBA completely crumbling under its own public relations disasters, the league is not just allowing, but encouraging teeny-boppers to forget about college and go straight into the league.

It's like sending a juvenile delinquent to Alcatraz. How the NBA is going to protect the 17 and 18 year-olds from the locker room goons ready to fork over a hand-full of prostitutes and free quarter-bags for life so they'll wear some name brand shoes is a problem the league will need to confront in the near future, but will more than likely ignore.

I'm already negotiating for my "Air Loyd's" right now.

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