â†µFOX's Jason Whitlock thinks he's found the missing link. Tattoos -- or a lack thereof -- have to be the reason (well, sort of): â†µâ†µ
â†µâ‡¥"David Stern has been arguing that the NBA is the best book. Ever since Ron Artest went into the stands, Stern has been slowly changing the cover of his book. The dress code and the age limit have helped. The midseason trades helped. Garnett's donning of a Celtics jersey really helped. Kobe's maturity and ascension to Jordan's throne has probably been the most important development. Kobe is everything the league wants LeBron James to be. â†µâ‡¥
â†µâ‡¥But don't underestimate how much having a visually pleasing product to look at has benefited the league at conference finals time. â†µâ‡¥
â†µâ‡¥It's a television show. Pleasant smiles, non-threatening people sell products better than menacing, tattooed brutes." â†µ
â†µ â†µInstead of talking about Kobe going for 50 and trying to take out teams by himself, we're talking about the Lakers as a collective unit and how well their bench players have been playing. We're not talking about Shaq dominating teams with his size, but rather the Celtics' three elder statesmen on the verge of making the NBA Finals with a group of recent draft picks and PJ Brown. The Pistons and Spurs are the epitome of the word "team" and now with four "teams" in the Conference Finals, people are enjoying the NBA again. â†µâ†µ
â†µEveryone seems now to be copying the Spurs' model of success and while crediting a lack of tattoos might be a bit of a stretch, it’s certainly not out of the question. Appearances are everything. And the appearance of a team game is obviously better for the league. â†µâ†µ
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