English 1301 SE7
16 October 2018
Selfish Acts in Basketball
During a basketball game, while mostly being overlooked, selfishness is inevitably something that is always there and occurs more often than one may think. Specifically, the lack of consideration for others that often happens in basketball. This is mainly due to a players motivation to be better than the others and is what really creates such a selfish environment on the court, that often leads to fights. Many selfish acts and unsportsmanship like conduct occur often in basketball, and I’ve personally seen such acts before in a game of basketball. These acts were, shoving, arguing, or not playing fairly, which were clearly evident to me. Selfishness isn’t something new in basketball, and is fairly unique to the sport, where each player can have the basketball and, shoot, dribble, and pass at any time, further contributing to selfishness in a basketball game.
For instance, in every basketball game, there is always going to be that one player who’s selfish enough to keep the ball to themselves as much as possible, and not pass it to their fellow teammates. It’s true, and they’re usually referred to as “ball hogs”, who continuously hog the ball, every chance they get. Whenever they have the opportunity, they’ll get the ball and try to score, without support from others, in order to show their skills to teammates. It is also done to show how much better they are, or how much worse they are in comparison to their own teammates. It’s selfish but is seen pretty often, especially if the team has that “one player” that is good at just about every aspect of basketball, in comparison to his fellow teammates. I’ve observed this behavior before in a game myself, where this selfish act has further led to more arguments, and disagreements. This is mainly due to unfairness in skills, and how a basketball game allows each player to get the ball at any moment, even if specific designations are given.
Next, there is usually always some kind of argument in a game of basketball, verbal or physical, where unsportsmanship like conduct will occur, and fights will break out. Seen quite often, especially in a competitive sport like basketball, all types of different arguments happen. This is usually caused by fouls, which can lead to selfish acts from players like, pushing, shoving, and shouting, which can create a scene where other players from the team will want to settle the argument. Recently, there was a major argument between the NBA teams, The Lakers, and The Rockets, where two players from the teams, punched each other, with no actual apparent reason, besides selfishness, that further led to the players getting suspended for a few games. While it does happen in other sports such as soccer and football, basketball tends to create more selfish players than any other, according to the bleacherreport.com.
Lastly, selfishness in basketball can be seen through bias with certain players who are better than the others, overall being favored over other teammates who may not be as good as the best one in the team. Countless of players from the NBA like, Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Stephen Curry, and James Harden, are all top players from NBA teams who have been awarded MVP before, due to the fact that they are simply better, or have performed better than their fellow teammates, further making the bias worse. In basketball, certain designations like player positions, are not completely mandatory, and players in a team of basketball have a chance to dribble, shoot, pass, and rebound at practically anytime as long as they have the ball, unlike most sports. This, in turn, leads to bias in favor of the better player, over the others, which can lead to unfair balance and selfishness between the favored player in the team, and his teammates.
A basketball game and the sport itself can be a place where selfish behavior occurs often. The environment of a basketball game freely gives players the chance to behave selfishly, especially since every player wants to be the best, and are motivated to show off their skills. Arguments can breakout quickly as a result of a foul, and can lead to verbal or physical altercations against a team. And while it can certainly happen in other sports, a game of basketball tends to have some of the most selfish behavior, which I have experienced before. Individual skills, especially overall team skills, are ignored over an individual’s impression on the team, and the enemy team. Too much emphasis on one’s individual merit in a game creates such a selfish environment that is unique to basketball, where selfish behavior is clear and evident.