While Dallas Cowboys fans enjoy their finals, thanks to HBO’s Hard Knocks, there’s a few preseason looks at the team. A famous fan of “America’s Team” lobbies the NBA to start the same kind of show as the NBA. That fan, LeBron James, probably speaks more like someone who would be sitting on the couch enjoying an NBA Hard Knocks episode rather than being followed by cameras he’d have little control over. But then again, when has James been unwilling to talk to the people, and when has a sports league or franchise turned down easy money? So, does the NBA need its own Hard Knocks show?
Man watching Hard Knocks! Incredible Showman!! Every time I look at it I wish we had that too. Also only for training camp/preseason! So
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 25, 2021
Few, if any, teams will receive more attention during the 2021-2022 NBA season than the Los Angeles Lakers. With a cast of characters including Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard and Russell Westbrook, they will be making headlines this season whether the Lakers win or lose. So, while it may sound like LeBron James is lobbying for HBO to follow the Lakers during training camp this fall, it’s more likely that the front office and tech staff are telling them to stay away from the cable network.
And if you need any proof of that, check out how the NFL has to twist the arm of their franchises, even putting in place rules to secure a list of teams that are chosen each year to participate in Hard knocks.
If Adam Silver and the NBA looked at this from a marketing standpoint, they would make an effort to tap a young, up and coming team for a show like Hard Knocks. That’s because, while the Lakers take their own brand and star power everywhere they go, some fans may be interested in learning about some of the lesser-known NBA players who won’t be on national television two dozen times this season. , but could make an impact on the playoffs.
The problem with any show like Hard Knocks is that every head coach in every sport pretends to be working on the Manhattan Project and what they teach their players is so secretive that only those people on the practice floor can know. I’m sure there would be at least one NBA head coach who would refuse to play a simple pick-and-roll play in front of television cameras for fear that a rival would see it and know what to look for while playing. season.
What most players and organizations don’t understand, however, is that Hard Knocks are more interesting when they show the moments outside the practice field. Because most fans want to get to know the person out of the uniform, not in it. They are also looking for someone to root for.
It will be interesting to see what kind of reaction LeBron James’ comments draw from other teams in the NBA, from his own front office and even the commissioner’s office. I’m not sure how interesting it would be to see a roster of 15 or 20 people play basketball, and without the number of players fans can cling to, it would be hard to find a new player to play for cheer. For my money, it would be more interesting to have a Major League Baseball Hard Knocks like show; but when you’re LeBron James, you have the power to make even bad ideas come true.