In NBA, No Bad Deed Ever Goes Unnoticed

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Byline: Tom Knott, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The Isiah Thomas-Stephon Marbury clamor is said to reveal the self-indulgent culture of the NBA, as if two idiots in a work environment are reflective of any industry.

The tendency to take an incident or two and extrapolate is difficult to resist.

After Ron Artest went bonkers in Auburn Hills, Mich., in 2004, that showed the thuggish nature of the NBA.

Or so went the media spin at the time. The perception was embraced by those who insist NBA players compete with conviction only in the last two minutes of games, lack the rah-rah spirit of college players and are always in trouble with the law.

Some of the piling on comes from the unwritten rule that states if you are a fan of college basketball, you are obligated to criticize and dismiss the NBA.

College basketball is all about the purity of the game, you see, and may Patrick Dennehy rest in peace.

The NBA has a certain percentage of self-absorbed dolts, just as any profession does, and the occasional misguided soul who has more money and testosterone than brain cells.

But you do not have to pick on the NBA to uncover louts.

You could start with all the Hollywood ninnies who profess to have so many answers because of their amazing ability to read lines written by someone else.

Pick an industry outside sports and you can find all manner of egotists who think the world revolves around them. Drop into any watering hole in the city and all kinds of strangers feel compelled to regale you with their foreign policy, economic and political expertise.

A good number of these experts are barely removed from the indoctrination camps called college.

One of the beauties of the First Amendment is its capacity to confirm the dummies in your midst.

You do not have to know anything, and you have the right to prove that as often as you find necessary. …