NBA: It’s Time To Bring Back Hate on the Hardwood

April 6th, 2011 by big al Leave a reply »
It is often mistaken that hate is the opposite of love.  In reality, apathy and indifference are the true opposites of love.  Hate implies investing enough mental and emotional energy with an expressed aversion toward another. 

During his playing career, Charles Barkley once said: 

"I can hate anyone for 48 minutes.  And overtime if necessary." 

There was a time in the league when hate thrived.  Players took a personal, vested interest in setting the tone for a game.  The sight of an opposing jersey was seen as a personal affront.  Personal pride was delivered in sending a message.  Fraternizing with opposing players was frowned upon.  Players were fined for not supporting another teammate on the court.  Competition was fierce.  Mutual dislike was the rule.  Rivalries were abundant.  Hate was there to escalate the intensity. 

For purposes of competitive sports, hate is a virtue. 

A good illustration of this could be found in the brief video.  Fast forward past the commercial. 

Background information on the video has C ...

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