The Simpsons provided a hilarious example of fan treatment of athletes in the classic episode “Homer at the Bat.” Bart and Lisa are taunting Darryl Strawberry when Marge says to them, “Kids, that’s not very nice.” Lisa responds by saying “Mom, they’re professional athletes! They’re used to this. It rolls right off their back.” It then cuts to Strawberry on the field, wiping away a lone tear.
It’s been over four months since the Miami Heat played a meaningful game. That all changes next week when the Heat open up the 2013 regular season on the road in the Windy City against the Chicago Bulls. The return of former MVP Derrick Rose is one of the many things we discussed with ESPN.com NBA writer Tom Haberstroh on One on One.
With the NBA season just a week away, the Nets and Knicks are ready to start seasons with high expectations. Kenny Ducey and Mike Watts host WFUV's NBA preview show to look at the most important storylines surrounding New York basketball.