…Almost always have good reasons for it. I love the NBA and find its players and personalities entertaining, but I bet this is not as funny to Suns fans whose team just missed the playoffs as it is to me (nod to infrequent reader Ben for the link).
If, like the Suns and Wizards, you spend more time clowning around than focused on basketball, you are not going to perform to your potential. It also makes you shitty at defense. To be fair, the Suns (led by Shaq and purportedly directed by Nash) are much funnier than the Wiz (led by Nick Young and directed by a seven year old with downs syndrome), but that’s just commensurate with general talent level (on and off the court).
That’s why, when I saw Flip Saunders say he’d get the Wiz to play defense, and Gilbert Arenas (Gilbert Arenas!) say he thought the locker room needed to stop being “a goofball team,” I lol’d (and not just because more self-defeating words have never been spoken. If you’re calling yourself a “goofball,” you are a long way from no longer being a goofball). And when your coach hiring’s ESPN article is headlined “Saunders: I Can Work With Agent Zero,” you know you’re fucked.