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Is the NBA More Watchable With This Fraud Out?

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Adam Silver, Mark Cuban, and Stephen A. Smith are likely crying today because the NBA’s most famous team and player were bounced in the first round of the playoffs Thursday night.

Conventional wisdom says that losing the Lakers and LeBron James should hurt the interest in the NBA Playoffs and Finals, but I’m not so sure.

The NBA is bleeding viewers, setting more all-time lows than award shows, losing to old guys playing golf, and has a trajectory worse than CNN’s. Among the many reasons for the NBA’s embarrassing decline is its decision to go Joy Reid-radical and treating Chairman Xi like he’s Tony Soprano, both of which were initiated by LeBron James.

LeBron’s anger rose to its highest level in October 2019, when then-Rockets GM Daryl Morey said people in Hong Kong should have human rights. (What a thing to say!) LeBron told Morey to shut up, push his pen, and never dare speak a negative word about the Chinese Communist Party again.

Suddenly, the NBA began to tank.

Since 2019, 25% of the NBA’s audience vanished, eventually leading to a record-low Finals in 2020 that featured LeBron.

Perhaps it’s too late. Maybe viewers have turned in their NBA fan cards and won’t ever pick them back up again. Speaking for myself, I’m more inclined to watch the playoffs now that the pampered, soon-to-be billionaire is bounced. I bet others are too.

Even in the playoff games that didn’t feature the Lakers, I found it hard to invest myself in a tournament so focused on a man who used his 50 million Twitter followers to endanger the life of a heroic police officer because he didn’t like the officer’s white skin color.

To put into context just how damaging LeBron is off the court, he literally told his most dedicated followers that police are waking up in the morning to hunt black people like deer. That’s a lie. Either LeBron knows that and is a liar, or is too ignorant to do an ounce of research. Honestly, I’m not sure which is worse or more likely. 

That dangerous, hateful messages LeBron repeatedly sends to young Americans is reason enough for households to shut off any playoff tournament featuring LeBron. And if you look at the numbers over the past two seasons, you’ll see that they have done just that.

And as if his off-the-court antics weren’t bad enough, LeBron is nearly unbearable to watch on the court these days. After every layup, made or missed, he complains he is fouled. He speaks to the refs like he’s their boss. And when LeBron’s team is down, sometimes because of his missed free throws, his body language emotes an annoyed, second-grade soccer player.

When LeBron’s not busy getting players traded and coaches fired, he can be found quitting on his teammates in an elimination game:

Who wants to watch someone like that?

When LeBron James wins a game, he waits for the losing players to line up and show him their respects. Immediately after last night’s loss, LeBron ran back to the locker room with his head down, refusing to shake the winners’ hands:

Pathetic.

Now that the attention-seeking propagandist is gone, other stars in the NBA can shine. Trae Young is the villain the NBA wants and needs. The Nets’ Big 3 are the new NWO. Luka Doncic is special. And Nikola Jokić’s dad-bod may help some guys feel more comfortable watching sports.

Will Americans go out of their way to watch the Nuggets? No, but they won’t turn a game off because of Jokić like they would with LeBron. Jokić isn’t hateful.

Donovan Mitchell and Giannis Antetokounmpo don’t move the needle much. However, they don’t move the needle below the base either, which LeBron often does. Therefore, the upcoming Jazz and Nuggets series may be worth putting on in the background while your buddies come over for BBQ.

It’s fair to assume at least a small percentage of the millions of fans that LeBron and the NBA have lost may tune back in, no?

LeBron once accurately branded himself as more than an athlete. However, he misled the country on the word more. Though he’d like you to believe that he’s an activist who is fighting for justice, he’s actually just a useful stooge who is motivated by cash.

Let’s ask the OutKick readers to sound off in the comment section: With the Fraud out of the playoffs, are you more or less likely to watch a playoff or Finals game?

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Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.

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  1. You are correct in the sense that I won’t go out of my way to turn off the TV or change the channel on some other games with quite the same vigor as a game featuring the whiney, CCP-loving “king”.

  2. I am not sure Lemoron is the idiot in chief of the CCP NBA, although he is a front runner. That competition is deep. Mark Cuban, Steve Kerr, Popovich, Adam Silver, Abdul Kareem, LSD Walton, Irvin the leprechaun stomper. The league has sent the message from front office to the hate messages on the court. The antics of fools. The hatefulness of millionaires. The pampered with no gratitude. I think the league has sent the message loud and clear, they hate America, they don’t need us, we can just fuck off. So we have fucked off and will remain fucked off, and they can go straight to China hell and stay there. Fuckem.

    • There are SJW’s everywhere. Like cockroaches they scurry when the lights go on. The CCP NBA has gone out of its way to shove its self righteous hate, up the nose of America with a fork. They have sent a message the they would rather not associate with the people who buy the tickets, and the slave created merchandise. They can have their self righteous hate, their phony revolution, I am not buying the bullshit.

      • Exactly, the NBA is much more blatant about all the social justice BS than any other sports league. They have made it clear that they do not want certain people to be fans of their league and no other sports league has done that.

  3. I will not “enable” a corrupt mindset that continues to berate the fans and the country that made it possible for their success. Only the fans can send a clear message to this obsequious sycophantic league. Take your balls and dribble in China….

  4. Less likely, because I will NEVWR watch an NBA game EVER AGAIN.
    Silver and Ledouche and most of the other black players made it abundantly clear over 2+ years ago that they could give 2 shits about my business or dollars to support them.
    So, buh- bye!
    Cocksucking racist assholes.

  5. Watched that entire video and listened to the commentary of the guy. He lost all credibility when he called Mr. James the greatest basketball player in history. He’s not even the fifth best player the Lakers have had, much less better that MJ.

  6. I’m a Nuggets fan. I watch Nuggets games and only Nuggets games. Jokić is the true unicorn and a joy to watch. Unfortunately, now all the games are national broadcasts, so I have to mute the TV. As for the rest of the league, I don’t care and don’t watch.

    • You’ll be doubly thrilled next week when another honorable, joyful Phoenix Suns meet your Nuggets.
      Booker, Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton , Coach Monty Williams are exactly what LeBron is not. Fun b-ball too.

      Odd that author Bobby B failed to mention the one team– the Suns– as the team that killed the king. They’ve brought me back after 11 years on zero NBA.

  7. The NBA game is boring. Worse than well played pick up games and men’s leagues all over the world. Quality is poor because its all about dunks and launching threes. The best basketball players come from Europe. American players are raised on AAU and watching LeBitch. Add to that a league that alienated half (or more) of the country, so no the NBA is still lame with or without that fake ass LeBitch.

  8. Yep LaFraud is more than an athlete
    He’s also an anti-American and lover of the CCP
    The people responsible for killing millions around the world

    Go NHL.. the place to be!

  9. That Bum is done. I’ve been a laker fan since 1967 when Wilt Chamberlain was traded to the Lakers. How much I dislike the Celtics I dislike this Bum even more. He’s has destroyed the NBA by being used by racist liberals. A feminine emotional male raised by a heathen mother. He needs to be talking about the black family and how to restore it like he’s doing breaking the curse of his parents. I hope and pray he will one day.

  10. Did any of the NBA media butt-kissers ask LeBron after the game why he left the court without congratulating the Suns? People talk 30 years later about Isaiah Thomas snubbing Michael Jordan, but LeBron doesn’t get the question in real time? Or did people just see him walking out via the tunnel and assume he didn’t show respect to the Phoenix players? I saw where he gave a jersey to Booker later in the night.

  11. Nope, the NBA is dead to me until LeBum is long gone, the league is rid of stupid, loudmouth idiots like Kerr and Pop, all the racialism is gone, AND the product improves. So it will be a long wait.

  12. My family and I still won’t be watching. It would take a full, honest, 100% open apology from the entire NBA about their awful racist, radical, and divisive stance to get us to start to consider going back to watching. After that it would still probably take a year or so for them to prove the change was real, not just a stated change for us to actually start being NBA fans again.

  13. These self righteous, phony pseudo intellectuals think they are better than regular tax paying citizens with regular jobs. The NBA is another liberal progressive soulless country club. We are not invited. We will not be tolerated. Isn’t it funny how intolerant the progressive liberals clowns are. Free and open discussion as long as you agree with their lies. They are dead to me. The NBA will never apologize. The hateful never apologize, they just move on to the next imaginary social dragon to slay. You will never be good enough for these holy than thou art mooks. I will not join them in the hole they have dug for themselves. May they R.I.P.

    That being said. My advice to the oppressed citizens in the hood. Stop robbing liquor stores, stop beating you girlfriends, stop smoking cracks, and find some personal responsibility for the depraved culture you have created. I have more suggestions, but let them work on 1 through 4. Then move on. As the pseudo intellectuals might say, “so the community can self actualize and realize their greatest potential”.

  14. I’m finished with the NBA. The ONLY way I’d ever watch a game or take my son to one again is for a new commissioner to come in, clean house and make a public declaration that basketball will once again be about the game and nothing else. No more politics, no more kneeling and no more kissing China’s butt.

    But I don’t see that ever happening. The management and the NBA are too blinded by their own ideology to see the error of their ways, much like the awards shows and other “woke” programming. They kneel and preen for China, BLM every other left wing cause and as they hemorrhage viewers they wrinkle their brows and say, “I wonder why people are tuning out???” When some one responds as to why, their reply is, “No….it CAN’T be that…”

    I hear a lot about “criminal justice reform”. You know what I never hear about? “Criminal BEHAVIOR reform”. As Jim Carrey famously said in “Liar, Liar”, “STOP BREAKING THE LAW, A$$HOLE!” And I hear a lot of crying about “Not enough black coaches or executives”, But I don’t hear anyone complaining that blacks make up over 80% of the players in the NBA and almost as high in the NFL. No cries for “equity” there.

    Let the pro sports leagues go bankrupt for all I care. Maybe once the dust settles other leagues will rise up and learn how not to alienate an entire fan base and simply concentrate on playing the game and making millions doing so. That really doesn’t seem that hard.

  15. The NBA has become unwatchable with all their in-your-face woke messaging. More watchable now that LeFraud is out, but I’m still not going to go out of my way to watch any games. I really miss the NBA of the 1980s, 90s, and early 2000s. LeFraud’s arrogance has just made it unbearable these last several years.

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