For years, I've claimed that both high school and college basketball are more entertaining than the NBA. Now, I have the statistical evidence.
As soon as the first quarter of Wednesday's Bulls-Timberwolves game ended, the jokes began in our newsroom. The score: Bulls 14, Timberwolves 8. Two teams filled with players being paid millions of dollars combined to shoot 8-for-40 from the field.
I said to my co-workers, "How much do you want to bet that Hinckley-Big Rock and LaMoille score more points than that in the first quarter of their game?" Sure enough, they did. H-BR led 20-12 after the first quarter and went on to win 59-54 in the Little Ten Tournament quarterfinal game.
The Bulls ended up losing 83-67. That was a 48-minute game. H-BR and LaMoille played 32 minutes. Given another 16 minutes, do you think they could have matched the Bulls' offensive output? I do.
There you have it: The kids who play in the Little Ten are better at putting the ball in the bucket than the Bulls.
Ignore the NBA. Support your local high school team instead.