Art Vandelay wrote:Omaha Red Sox wrote:Art Vandelay wrote:Yeah, high school kids, or at least spectators of high school basketball games, learned about fights from the NBA.
Well, of course, they didn't 'learn' it from the NBA, but I think it certainly doesn't discourage an outburst or tantrum. When you see the people you look up to, whether it be a kid's parents, athletes, teachers, etc., disregard rules and rationale, what are they supposed to take from that?
I agree that it doesn't "discourage" kids from an outburst, but then, I don't think that's the job of a basketball player. To say that this is because of the actions of NBA players is an extremely simplistic way to put the blame somewhere without actually trying to figure out what the real cause is.
The blame cannot be put any one area, I suppose, and, you're right, these guys are paid to play basketball, not be role models.
However, I think the effect of these players' actions, on and off the court, have on kids is understated. Whether they should or not, kids look up to celebrities, whether they be athletes, movie stars, or radio talk show hosts like yourself. I interpret this to be the poor examples, or lack thereof, in their own household.