Lakers Examiner: The most telling replay I’ve seen of Ron Artest’s bonehead three-point attempt with a minute to go last night was the one I saw on SportsCenter this morning. The SC anchors were silent and played the live game sound with no commentators. What I heard was incredible.
After Artest misses his first shot, you hear the crowd give the traditional “awwwww” and then cheer when Pau Gasol snatches the rebound and kicks it out. Then, as Artest gets the ball and lines up for a three, you hear an amazing crescendo of “NOOOOOOOOO!” from the crowd, right before a sigh of disbelief as the shot careens off the rim.
Why was this clip so revealing? Because even the fans knew Artest was taking a horrible shot.
Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of NBA fans who know their stuff. They know what a pick and roll is, how to detect a 1-3-1 zone, and when a coach needs to call a timeout. But there are others, and I’d say it’s the majority of people in the stands, who are what we call “casual fans.”
They are the ones who you hear saying “Bynum’s so tall, why doesn’t he just turn around and dunk every time?” or “Nash is so slow, why can’t the Lakers stop him from scoring?”