found that Buddy Heild's birthday was misspelled on the official NBA and Sacramento Kings websites – along with ESPN's Basketball Guide and the Black and White Express – and is reported as one of those weird things that makes the NBA so much fun? Well, if the league has its way, there will probably be a number of teams that will consider mber this story as much less entertaining, given what the NBA wants to use this moment as a stepping stone, according to Mark Stein of New York Times .
Of course, the part that stands out from what Styne tweets was not so much the players age – Hild, for what it's worth, insists that it has nothing to do with the wrong year of birth – but a little bit for heights. Height lies have been one of the major things in the league for a number of reasons, as Chris Hering researched in the Wall Street Journal in 2016. Players make it so they can fit in the physical archetype of different positions. Kevin Durant, for example, is listed at 6 & # 39; 9 "because in his words," this is a prototypical size for the small forward, "though he is probably closer to 6 & # 39; 11" . Kevin Garnett somehow avoided being listed at 7 feet, so he didn't have to play center and the teams played along with the wishes of both players.
This does not mean that this new rule destroys a long-standing institution that is sacred to sports, but it is unfortunate that one of the funniest things about the league has to disappear due to unclear administrative problems. While Stein points to Hyld's story, the more likely reason for this is gambling, which is gaining more and more support in the basketball business. In fact, Matt Moore of Action Network reported earlier this month that this was a shared sentiment between some coaches and executives with whom he spoke regarding this new desire for team transparency.
Personally, I look forward to when the league, on behalf of bookmakers everywhere, begins to require the medical history of every player on the floor to be passed on to the crowd before advice.