Why Isn't Anybody Watching the Finals? And Other Bulls Bullets

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Why Isn’t Anybody Watching the Finals? And Other Bulls Bullets

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•    … AND IT’S THIS GUY …

•   To be clear, I’m referring to Michael Jordan, not the artist. However, Keegan Hall might as well be the Pencil GOAT. We shared Hall’s complete illustration of the famous Jordan dunk contest photo the other day, and for all you haters who thought it was too good to be true, Hall shared an epic timelapse to prove its legitimacy. From Jordan himself to the fold sitting in the upper deck, the detail in Hall’s work is absolutely incredible. If you want to continue to be amazed, I’ll drop his Instagram and Twitter link here. Meanwhile, if you want to purchase a print out of Hall’s work, it appears you can do so on his website. I promise I don’t know this man or anything, I’m just more than happy to share/promote dope work.

•   I’m sure for all us basketball junkies we’ve eaten up the last bit of the 2019-20 season, but for the casual fan, it appears the NBA Finals has been a bore. According to the New York Post, this NBA Finals matchup is so far the least viewed in league history. All things considered, I find this a bit surprising. While the Lakers have basically run away with this series, the Heat’s journey to the Finals has made for quite the story. Not to mention, LeBron James and Anthony Davis are two of the most talked-about players in the league. In general, I never try to read too much into ratings (it just doesn’t seem to matter too much in today’s world), but it’s hard to ignore the fact that this is supposedly LEAST watched Finals since ratings began to be tracked in 1984. Could it be LeBron James fatigue? Could be less interest in Jimmy Butler? Could it be the bubble? Commissioner Adam Silver is reportedly a bit surprised, and whatever it is, I’m sure he hopes it doesn’t continue into next season.

•   If I had to take a guess, I think it all comes back to the shifted schedule and bubble environment. I’m not sure how much baseball or football has overlapped with the Finals games, but it can certainly give fans more to think about. The Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers are also both still in the playoff mix, which I guess could grab the attention of some casual NBA fans. At the end of the day, though, I think there is just some bubble boredom. The league has done a great job broadcasting games and keeping the level of play at a heightened level, but I’d be lying if I said watching this series has felt like the NBA Finals. The whole thing still gives off a fun AAU basketball tournament vibe, and it’s easy to forget that someone will hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy at the end of all of this. The absence of a hometown crowd and natural game atmosphere hasn’t felt this intense since the bubble has tipped-off, and I have to imagine it’s turned some viewers away.

•   Do you want to buy Jim Boylen’s house? Weird, but okay! The Bulls former head coach but his Chicago condo on the market, and it’s listed for $529,900.

•   People may not be watching the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals right now, but they should keep their eye on them moving forward.

•   Good move.

Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.