Dumars Dazzles with Offensive Prowess in the NBA

NBA executive VP Joe Dumars has to say everything is fine while standing in front of a fiery explosion of scoring. And, he’s going to be anti-load management. He is a shill for the league and has to toe the company line on the state of the game. It’d be nice to acknowledge the recent critiques of the Association by fans, players and coaches. Dumars has defended the 65-game cap, saying “the number is what the number is,” dropping the “Lest we forget, this was collectively bargained” line. His defense of the scoring explosion was tone-deaf, stating, “It’s where the game is today.” This comes after Golden State coach Steve Kerr called for changes to be made in reference to the obscene scoring. The league tried to let a little more contact go following the Olympics in 2021 but that wore off after a few months. Dumars said, “There’s no push here at the league office from me or anyone else that we want to see a certain score.” Pointing to maybe the best game of the season and saying, “See? Everything is fine” doesn’t negate the litany of blowouts. Even the most casual hoop head knows scoring 70 should be a once or twice in a decade occurrence. Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Chris Finch was so unimpressed by Karl-Anthony Towns’ stat hunting that he sat him for portions of the fourth quarter in a loss to Charlotte a couple weeks ago with KAT sitting on 62 points. Finch called his team’s play an “absolute disgusting performance of defense and immature basketball.” The only other time I can remember a coach sitting a player with 62 was in 2005 when Kobe Bryant hit that number in three quarters. Defense can still dominate Sundays in the NFL, yet defense can still dominate Sundays. And that’s exactly what Dumars did this week. While it’s technically what he gets paid to do, at least add in a couple qualifiers, or tell us the Bad Boy Pistons wouldn’t let guys go for 40, much less 60. Something other than a heaping serving of PR spin.