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"Makes for better basketball right. Is there zero difference between more people wanting to watch it versus what is actually better right. is there a way to Is Is there a way to make basketball better by giving the defense some of their advantages back where it's actually a better product Yet it may not be as appealing. So that's that's the hard part right now right I. It's tough though 'cause like that you know then. Last night you have have a sports business journal reporting numbers that numbers. This year are still down in terms of TV ratings TNT down twenty three percent espn down twenty percent a lot of the RS ends the local sports. Networks are down as well. The thirteen percent total just into one month early but still. Yeah we we do we do we do this and I look I I stand where I stand on this. I do think I mark Cuban broach the subject over the weekend and I thought it was really really interesting that he was talking about how you know someplace like the NFL or some of these others that you can you know that they are the ones that are kind of married to cable. Do you really need to have you really need to have cable and that the next frontier of this streaming which is what everybody. There's a lot of people that don't even have cable at their house anymore. You're right he's right and and so. I do think that you know because you've got automatic viewers just by the fact that you you were one of the channels. Does that was in everybody's house but now in many cases you're not a channel in everybody's house anymore and especially with that younger generation and I will tell you as somebody with kids kids that they they couldn't tell you anything that's on. TV nothing nothing. Nothing really crazy all on their kindle. It's all all on their IPAD. It's all on demand. There is nothing that the same way that I knew that you know whatever what time the fresh prince was on or when saved saved by the bell was on. Do they not watch like Nickelodeon or anything do. But they're deterring interesting. Because I mean I remember I remember. We're always out like tuning in to like yes. Raga Ballsy or you know. I'd WanNa Watch certain shows at a certain time every single week there is now one thing the only thing is my son is a massive sportsman so the only thing is games. That's it I would tell you that the only thing and how about this. My my dad is how old is my dad. My Dad seven age. He turned seventy three in the spring. My Dad doesn't watch anything live. Nothing he seventy three Kevin. Everything is apple. TV or taped. You successfully taught him how to use the technology. Well no he once he got apple. TV and he got netflix. Hulu all these different things like. That's what he wants to. I think he's pretty good at learning a lot of older people. My by my parents have had a hard time especially my bad. With some of the technological aspects now navigating to net flicks. It's not hard at all. Actually it's quite easy. And what's what's what's crazy is with my father. My father. How about this is now to the point? Where say he'll watch some show that he wants like he watches every single Saint Louis Blues game he still lives and dies with them right but there was a night over the weekend? I called him and I was like. Oh my God. Did you see that. And he was like. Don't tell me I've got it. Taped he tapes APES Games. Because you know it's it's it's eye-opening because he ain't on social media and he's watching something on Netflix or something so there's no like rolling score. He can really be surprised at what happens in games and tapes them and then watch is interesting too. It's great because he doesn't live on the Internet. He doesn't live on social media. He's not watching something. That has a rolling scoreboard. It's so he can actually watch the games later so anyways that's the whole next frontier and I do the Cubans right about that. But I have told you that you spent the last forty years of NBA basketball promoting superstars and the to end the three biggest stars by four. You're right now I would say are Lebron James Steph curry and Kevin Durant will currie and durant are playing and Lebron's on the West Coast and curry is on the west coast. Just whenever he does play and so I do. Think that's hard When you're talking about your biggest stars are playing in many cases at nine thirty central ten thirty eastern? I think that you know we saw the ratings. Go down last year and I do think there's a Lebron effect to that and you also have even the guys that you were promoting that are in the central on eastern time zone. You know the Knicks. Don't have anybody. Now that people are going out of their way to watch and big market the Bulls. Really don't have anybody going out of your way to watch so some of the big market the teams don't have huge stars and then Ziya Williams and got hurt you know and they put him on. TV What Forty Times. Or whatever or even mentioned somebody Muddy Kyrie Irving one of the most popular Jersey's one of the most popular sneakers right now. He's not playing either. I'm just saying I don't think it's the product. I don't think it's the basketball. Aw that has hurt the ratings. I think there's a lot of mitigating factors. Yea I'm I'm I'm with you. It's this way it's not just one thing. No manner typically whatever never big issue you're talking about socially or with the business like the NBA. It's never just one thing But it's a lot of these factors put together that combined into the just the fact that I think the big one though is what Cuban touched on the fact that these Games on cable they are not on. CBS or not on Fox they're not on. NBC everybody has those channels if they had a basic cable TV plan and the only thing they would have to worry about is NFL network in the leaves aren't even on NFL network. On Thursday nights anymore there are Fox. The season I tell you this if I and if I'm the NBA. If I'm the powers that be and I could ever Redo you I'd go back and I put the mavs on forty times instead of the Pelicans you know who I mean if you can have a Redo because you give out that schedule and you give out that national. TV TV schedule based on. What you think is going to happen but all anybody's talking about like so far Jaanus of what he's doing nicer and Luca? Luca is the thing thing I mean. But how many of their games that if you don't have league pass are you watching honestly like how many times you get in to see him And he is exposed to a monster monster national audience. All basketball heads are watching it and are aware of how ridiculous what he is doing so far is but it's not like he's on center stage all all the time and if you could have a Redo on that certainly he would be one that you would be putting front and center to promote your product right. Well you know it's your right but also like you. Can you can get the idea of how great he's been. Just by watching the game on Social Media by looking at highlights on instagram looking at scrolling through twitter and seeing everybody talking about him and the videos and the articles that are are created about him. You can get an idea even without seeing the games too. So that's as part of the ratings as I know no. I know it doesn't help the ratings but people still know it. Because that's what happens in college. I mean how many times did you go out of your way to watch's ion or watching trae young when he was kicking or even like back in the day when it was Yoda you knew Jimmer for debts. Byu team was going to be on and he was putting up that crazy season or whatever it would be out of my way all the time to watch college players all the time and that's just not right in the NBA. It's not it's it's not the same it's just not and I do think that West Coast thing hurts the most I do show having the biggest stars over there and obviously a couple of them being out I saw a team that has been very hot. The Pacers who I bailed on early now bailed on but I just I thought he made them you album. I said that it was my it was what was it. Our overreacted that the very beginning of the season and I said they're going to miss. I underestimated their depth last year. And guys that they are going to miss and look there six place right now in the eastern conference but I saw them in person last night. TJ TJ. Warren has totally found his bearings with that team and has proven to be a guy that can play totally within a winning concept. Brogden has been fantastic. And they've gotten miles turner back now and so they got turned into bonus who are a formidable front line that most of the League have a lot of trouble matching up with Jeremy. Jeremy Lamb has been very good for them. I mean he's only gotten to play in eleven games but he's averaged seventeen a game So far this year for them and and they got some guys off the bench nick and do some stuff and just they are a totally solid team. That are going to be. You know they're going to win in a bunch of games they'll be well over five hundred and they'll be a hard out when it comes to the play offs. I don't know if they have the you know the playoff performer. The I can take this game over and drop thirty on you guy but they got a bunch of good players and they are just decidedly. I did good. That's what they are. They're good they fits your They have they don't play guys who suck they really don't they. Really don't I mean it you know it's like like TJ McConnell Justin Holiday Doug mcdiarmid and the other holiday kid and that's kind of who they bring off the bench and those guys are just like certainly when they're mixed in with the starters you know and then they got those guys I mean they got guys like bonus can go big and Brogden go big and Warren can go big every once in a while. Jeremy Lamb. We'll have a really really big night so I mean they got enough but I mean they. They're just solid. They're a solid team. Like I mean I watched them play. Last night. There wasn't there was a bonus dunk. That was pretty nice but other than that. You're just watching that game and you look up at the end and it's like the experience of watching the pacers like wow brogden had like you know whatever nineteen eight and six again even notice 'cause like there's nothing spectacular that takes place. It's just them playing being solid team basketball. All that that everything you're saying it. I can't help but think about an article that I saw yesterday on espionage in by Caitlin Cooper her and she wrote about this great piece about how Sa- bonus such a tremendous screener just the little intricacies of his game. That make him him. Such a formidable force and springing lose Amalgam Brogden the pick and roll or Jeremy Lamb the angles he takes and just how fundamentally sound he is a screener how he is effective on the role in the little things that he does crashing the offense of boards to get second our second chances for Indiana. It's those little things that are. Ah Away for a lot of fans not exciting to watch. That helped make this team so good despite not having despite having other guys be at like Turner Missing Time. It's the little things of this team. Does that keeps them in it. The keeps them afloat without their best player. Victorio Lebeau and four this team. You do hope Oladipo when he does return is himself at some point soon because they have the pieces on this roster to at least be super competitive you've in the eastern conference but a lack that guy that you're talking about they lie. They lacked at thirty points per game. Scorer who can go out and get a ton of buckets for you against a set set defense in a one on one situation and depot. Last time. We saw him healthy. He's showed that he can be that type of player. He had his struggles in the play. Offs Than Indiana loss. But that's part of the growing pains for for a first time player. Who is the go-to guy in the postseason? And within the he he has brogden now by his side. And I think Brogden. We've talked about him before Chris. Brogden has been outstanding and I think with his two way play the role he can settle into when all deebo comes. Back as the complementary go-to Guy who can step up in times of need but as more more or less going to be cutting and spot shooting and defending his ass off they could have a stellar backcourt Anna Stellar Front Court with Turner Sa- Bonus and then a bunch of guys in between you can fill. Oh the bill the blanks. This team can be really good if both himself. I agree with you so it's very possible that they are.."