It’s the first round of the NBA playoffs and the number one seed, the Chicago Bulls, have been riddled with injuries. Here in Chicago we are realistic, we support our team, but we also realize they have a tall order ahead of them if they plan to make it to the second round. The Philadelphia 76ers have played tough, but don’t kid yourself they will have some bumpy road ahead. This is not really about the game of basketball, or about the Bulls or the 76ers. This article is much deeper.
In game three of the opening series, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, with the series tied at 1-1, Chicago lead the 76ers 45–42 at 7:57 in the 3rd with 19 seconds on the shot clock. The lane was wide open and the Bulls Joakim Noah stepped on 76ers Andre Iguodala’s foot as he was making a shot; Noah twisted his ankle, adding him to the growing injury list currently hurting the Bulls. Noah fell on the floor grabbing his ankle writhing in pain. The fans in the City of Brotherly Love booed Noah as he rolled on the floor, and the hate grew when he was assisted to the bench. That was not enough for the fans as they revisited the hate when Noah made a valiant effort to return to the game, a game he couldn’t finish because he was in too much pain – the Bulls lost 79-74.
This was a prime example of unanimous public tasteless unsportsmanlike conduct by an entire stadium, if ever one was displayed. The sportscasters on Chicago television, Neil Funk and Stacey King, were in awe and speechless. They said it was something they never experienced in all their years as sportscasters.
How could a stadium full of fans from the City of Brotherly Love have such contempt and disrespect for humanity and the sport of basketball? The town sporting the Independence of the Liberty Bell cracks societies infrastructure with a lack of compassion and blatant ignorance, and for what? A win!
Well, Philadelphia fans, the fictional Rocky Balboa who was from Phili may have beaten Apollo Creed, but there are few who will say the behavior displayed Friday night was stellar characteristics of a winning attitude.
Here in Chicago, and around the country, we show compassion when a player gets hurt. We don’t ridicule them. So, if you want to bring the Rocky statue to Chicago where the winning attitude is more conducive to the persona of Rocky, I’m sure we can find a spot for it right next to Michael Jordan’s statue outside the United Center. And if the Liberty Bell, which stand for human beings having the ability to govern themselves in accordance with honor, pride, and moral virtue, is too much to handle, I’m sure we have a spot for that as well.
But really, let’s stop the hate! It’s a game, and yes, we all want our teams to be the best, but when it comes to someone ending up hurt, in the end, it’s just a game!
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