NBA Cup Effort Leaves Giannis Antetokounmpo and Zion Williamson Disappointed

The NBA’s In-Season Tournament biggest questions: Would people care? Would fans care? Would players care? Because we’re watching effortless December basketball without anyone caring, we’re back to square one of the Association’s conundrum. Perhaps the Milwaukee Bucks defensive effort in a 128-119 Indiana Pacers’ loss is a preview of what to expect in April and May, but there’s no sarcasm about the New Orleans Pelicans’ verve in their 44-point loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Let the players and coaches tell it – Pelicans coach Willie Green said “Tonight was a total letdown,” “We were all disappointed in our competitive spirit against the Lakers, and you got to give them credit. They came out and they dominated.” Giannis Antetokounmpo shared, “Nobody is going to give you nothing, I feel like we expect just because we have great players out there.” “They are not just going to give us the game,” he added. I bet Adam Silver loves to hear clubs lament about a lack of “competitive spirit,” and admit to being “too laid-back” and loafing it on defense in the semifinals of the inaugural “Save the Regular Season” tournament. Pacer guard Andrew Nembhard appeared to hyper-extend his knee. At this point in the calendar, Nembhard shouldn’t risk further injury, and if that means missing the finals of the IST, too, that’s OK. Nobody really cares. I read somewhere that the NBA got its dream matchup for the final on Saturday, and it’s like in what universe would the league want Tyrese Haliburton and Myles Turner in the finals against LeBron, Anthony Davis and the Lakers? If I admit to enjoying the lipsticked pig that is the IST, will the NBA and its business partners please just let this be what it is? And that’s regular season basketball for a fanbase whose addiction to player movement and NBA Twitter left them with a severe case of sports ADHD.