Alright, your pal DTB is gonna get on his soapbox a little bit here. Hear me out.
I wasn’t a big fan of the jersey patches when they first came out. I honestly thought I would hate them more than I did, but just because I’m not filled with complete hatred every time I look at them doesn’t mean I don’t wish that they weren’t there. They mess up the smooth designs of the NBA’s jerseys. But I can deal with it.
What I absolutely cannot deal with are these new in-game advertisements that happen during replays and free-throws. The game action gets shrunk down to a fourth the size of the screen so that ads can play right next to them. It’s been bugging me for a while, but it all came to a head tonight, when Lauri Markkanen’s free throws near the end of the game were displaced by some stupid advert for McNuggets.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m totally down with McDonald’s. I freely admit that I unironically get McDonald’s food from time to time and enjoy it (also unironically). But the McNuggets? Those are trash. Nostalgic trash, but trash nonetheless. They taste like cardboard, and it’s not like I’m hard to please. I’ll put any kind of garbage into my mouth and proclaim it to be tasty, but not those damn McNuggets.
What kind of NBA player would want to be associated with McNuggets anyway? By being forced to share screen time with that gross non-food, Lauri Markkanen’s league-wide reputation was damaged. If there is a “McNugget” of the NBA, it’s definitely not Markkanen. Isaiah Canaan is a McNugget. Omari Spellman is a McNugget. Lauri Markkanen is NOT a McNugget.
If anything, he’s more like a chicken strip. But McDonald’s doesn’t sell chicken strips anymore so, you know. It sucks. I hate it. And that’s all I have to say about that.