2012-2013 NBA Discussion Thread: Defense? What is defense?
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12-13-2012, 06:34 AM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Washington, DC
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I really love the arena. Started out really skeptical, but now that it's done and I've been, I have to say it's great. Externally, I think the low profile, the plaza, the oculus and the way you can see the scoreboard from outside are all awesome. Inside, the layout is great, the seats are comfortable, the sightlines are good and the food is fantastic. Also really easy to exit once the game ends.
Got no problem with the music (and honestly the references to "making it a rap concert" come off as vaguely racist) - after all, part of the identity is Jay-Z as an owner.
My only complaints are that the seats are more than wide enough but it's a little difficult to navigate out to the concessions because of the limited space between the rows. Also, if you're in the nosebleeds, you're behind most of the speakers and don't always get the best quality sound (and actually, my comment about the space between the rows may only be true of the nosebleeds - haven't tried good seats yet).
It's really unfortunate that you feel that way. If you knew anything about my profession and my volunteer work, you'd know how laughably off-base the "vaguely racist" statement is. I won't derail this any further, but I've done more in my life to combat racism and other forms of discrimination than most ever will.
If Bon Jovi owned the team and played Poison and Motley Crue all game long, I'd complain about that, too. It just seems like it's more of a concert/entertainment event than a basketball game. I'm sure plenty of people enjoy that but it's not for me.
Jay-Z owns what, half of a percent of the team? He's hardly an influential owner, and more so just a marketing gimmick. Again, that's fine, but it just seems silly to me. If they want to firmly entrench themselves as an equal in New York, they need to do so on the court. Creating an entertainment circus will only get them so far, IMO.
It's just pain.
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