NBA Players are Just Like Us, Except They're NBA Players

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The one thing I have learned in all my time with teams and in the locker rooms is that the players we envy are just like us, with more money. From the things they like to their feelings about players around the league, you’d be surprised how similar some of these guys are to that armchair basketball fan we all know.

I heard over and over last summer how glad players were that the Miami Heat lost to the Dallas Mavericks. Player X told me he was rooting for the Heat and their triple threat to lose because if they had won it would have done more harm than good for the league overall. If you look at parity within the four major sports (Baseball, Basketball, Football and Hockey), the NBA is a distant 4th because we all know who is going to be in t he playoffs before the season ever starts. Rarely is there a Cinderella story in the NBA because trades are seldom and the conferences are a mix of haves and have-nots.

What is even more common is to hear players talk about other players, their families, their entourages, etc. If you think these guys don’t read stuff on the internet like TMZ, Yahoo, ESPN, etc. then you are crazy… some are worse than a sewing circle! You hear about how Dwayne Wade isn’t very fan friendly and Lebron James is; Player X bought his girlfriend a diamond necklace with his number on it and it just looks too flashy; Player Y was flirting with Player Z’s fiancé or wife; it is honestly enough to make your head spin. But, like a car accident, you can’t stop looking (in this case listening).

If you ever have the chance to actually be around an NBA star for an extended period of time, just remember that he is probably going to like the same things you do, just on a bigger scale. You see, you like cars so you get a Ford Mustang; he likes cars so he gets a Porsche Carrera. You like playing Madden or Modern Warefare 3 on your 40” LCD in your living room/bedroom; he likes playing the same games on his 80” Plasma in his media room. Athletes are sometimes nothing more than big kids with lots of money, and they talk about the same things in the locker room that you talk about in the break room or around the water cooler.