Where Have The Stars Gone?
With the unmatched level of talent in the NBA at the moment, it's odd to think the playoffs would suffer for lack of star power, but here we are. Gone are the Lakers and Celtics, two star-laden teams that have pulled good ratings in the Finals for the NBA in the past few years. Gone are Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, four of the most recognizable stars in the game.
Along with them, wave bye-bye to the Clippers, boasting the two stars seen most on TV in Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, and the buzzy Brooklyn Nets, who were looking to make a splash in their first season on the right side of the Hudson River.
Is the sudden lack of stars a problem for basketball purists? Absolutely not. Is it a problem for ratings? Oh yeah.