The UGLY Side Of The NBA (What Fans Don't See)

  • Published: 02 February 2019
  • The Russell Westbrook Video:

    Having secured the victory, all Russell Westbrook needs to do here is dribble out the clock in his final offensive possession. But instead, look at what he does. He passes it to PG and heads out of bounds. Do you know why? Because he doesn’t want to get the ball back. A shot clock violation registers as a turnover in the statsheet, so he was protecting himself from that.
    Nowadays with all the advanced stats and analytics, players are aware that shifting some of those numbers in their favor, can translate into millions of dollars in the new contract, or in Westbrook’s case, stats will help a lot when talking about his legacy and the ranking among top point guards in NBA history.
    That’s pretty selfish but sadly a lot of players do it. Let me show you the ugly side of the NBA. What up everybody my name is Stefan and this is Heat Check, let’s get into it.
    This is one of those things that the casual fan would never notice, but there are a ton of situations at the end of the games where selfish guys are disrespecting: one their own teammates and two, the game of basketball itself.
    But you know, there’s that statistic that measures assist to turnover ratio which if you’re a point guard, is extremely valuable. So a lot of quote unqoute cheap turnovers like these could add up and potentially hurt you during contract negotiations.
    I mean, I definitely don’t justify it, I’m just explaining the thought process for some of the players.
    Similar to this, you have another category of tricks for those who are padding their stats.
    What players do now at the end of quarters, they take an extra dribble, allow the clock to expire, and then pretend to heave the ball from long range. Instead of hurting their shot percentage with an easy miss from beyond half court, they still pretend to shoot it but just barely being late, so the attempt doesn’t register.
    Unlike the turnover thing that happens at the end of games, when everything is decided, this is literally holding back and not doing everything in your power to try to win.
    Even if 1 of every 20 shots goes in, that’s still points that count, and that can sometimes be the difference between winning and losing.
    If I’m a coach, this thing would drive me crazy. Rick Carlisle doesn’t like it either.
    But again, everyone mentions field goal percentages when comparing players so they protect themselves I guess.
    I made a video about Steph Curry being the goat shooter, and what I didn’t mention there is that he has such a high percentage despite always shooting shots beyond half court. You have to respect him for that.
    Here’s another example of a pathetic behaviour while chasing stats. Deandre Jordan almost kills Luka Doncic here just to get the rebound.
    And on the topic of stealing rebounds, I made an entire video about the way Russell Westbrook steals rebounds, and forces teammates to shoot after he passes the ball, so that he could possibly get an assist and eventually a triple double. If you haven’t seen it, I’ll leave a link in the description.
    Oh and speaking of triple doubles, this is the area where you can see the most embarrassing examples of stat padding. That’s exactly what I mean when I say the ugly side of the NBA.
    Look at James Harden chasing that last rebound so hard, and eventually being pissed off at his teammate for just playing basketball and trying his best. Even great players aren’t immune to this.
    And also at the very end I have to mention 2 legendary attempts. First by Andray Blatche who made it clear to everyone what he was doing. He also got yelled at his teammate for getting the board, and moments later even asked an opposing player to straight up allow him to get it if the free throw is missed.
    As crazy as that is, Ricky Davis once was so desperate for a triple double, that he attempted a shot at his own basket just to get the rebound. This is by far the most bizzare thing that a player has done for a stat.
    Or maybe not? Let me know in the comments if I missed something.
    That’s it for now, if you like this video subscribe and hit the notification bell so that you don’t miss my future in depth analysis. Talk to you in the next one. Peace out.
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Comments • 4 523

  • Heat Check
    Heat Check   5 months back

    After seeing a few comments I checked the "Shot clock violation is a team turnover" thing. I saw conflicting articles online so I can't confirm. Nevertheless, my point stays the same: Players do all this weird stuff to avoid the turnover. And that's a shame 😕

    • european whiteboy
      european whiteboy  6 days back

      don't make videos about basketball if you don't understand it and only hate on the game..
      to weak to play so become a ref? foh

    • Luka Magic
      Luka Magic  2 weeks back

      @Joshua Coley Noticed you deleted your comment even though I got a notification. It's okay if I said something so fucking mental I'd delete it too

    • Joshua Coley
      Joshua Coley  2 weeks back

      It's called a business. Once these players stop performing at a high level, out the door they go. No shame in making more money for yourself

    • Taylor West
      Taylor West  1 months back

      If thats what you have to do to make thousands more dollars whats it matter

    • Dramacidal
      Dramacidal  1 months back

      @Mimi Rose Meneses By giving them the ball in the closing seconds with the shot clock running down. Come on man you knew what he meant by that.

  • Tyler Hoffman
    Tyler Hoffman  21 hours back

    Man ur lookin to much into it

    • The Good Samaritan
      The Good Samaritan  1 days back


      • Hey Man
        Hey Man  2 days back

        They should just keep playing until the buzzer sounds 🤦🏽‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️

        • King Yurt
          King Yurt  2 days back

          This is litreally me in 2k

          • The Man Who Laugh
            The Man Who Laugh  2 days back

            Fuck NBA that's why international teams or players are taking over this game.

            • TheMostEpicPotato
              TheMostEpicPotato  3 days back

              not saying that westbrook doesn’t stat-pad, but steven adams allowing him to get those rebounds isn’t just being generous. westbrook getting those boards pushes the tempo because it forces the other team to run back to the other side and contest a layup with tires them out.

              • kratos
                kratos  3 days back

                stats will help westbrook especially his consistency on losing on the playoffs in 3 straight years

                • Andrew Schmidt
                  Andrew Schmidt  3 days back

                  it is not a turn over it is smart

                  • Lane Cuizon
                    Lane Cuizon  4 days back

                    N. N

                    • king pablo
                      king pablo  4 days back

                      This is what good players do when they are just not good enough to win a title.

                      • Brosephsride
                        Brosephsride  4 days back

                        Them gotta pay those bills

                        • camer0725
                          camer0725  4 days back

                          russel westbrook stat padder for real. he'll never have a ring ✌🏼

                          • Bill Nigh II
                            Bill Nigh II  5 days back

                            U mad they trying to get paid. U made this video to make a few extra coins right ? Hush

                            • Faon
                              Faon  5 days back

                              Dude your whole YouTube channel is throwing shade at NBA ledgends get a life bro

                              • Kareesse E
                                Kareesse E  5 days back

                                The ugly side for me is flopping 🤦🏼‍♀️

                                • Sydney Fleischer
                                  Sydney Fleischer  5 days back


                                  • AedrianeTM
                                    AedrianeTM  5 days back

                                    Main reason for all of this: GREEDINESS

                                    • AedrianeTM
                                      AedrianeTM  4 days back

                                      @Ruben Noroian I think there are two types of player. One who cares about his money and stuffs, second who cares for his legacy.

                                    • Ruben Noroian
                                      Ruben Noroian  5 days back

                                      It's not as big a deal as Heat Check makes it out to be. I mean if you were a point guard trying to get your next big contract, wouldn't you do the same? The NBA is a business, players are looking to make enough money to provide for themselves for the next 50 years. They gotta make it while they still can.

                                  • Sip Some Tea with Marie

                                    the new rules is what hurts basketball. It is nothing like it was back in the 80's. The old school days were where it was at.

                                    • R A
                                      R A  6 days back

                                      problem no. 1 can be solved by scoring
                                      but weaklings say it "disrespectful"
                                      come on, just play the game till' the last second you weaklings

                                      • Twon Watson
                                        Twon Watson  6 days back

                                        lmao who gives AF about a turnover in garbage

                                        • european whiteboy
                                          european whiteboy  6 days back

                                          this page is a gathering of fake basketball fans lmao

                                          • european whiteboy
                                            european whiteboy  6 days back

                                            mad you are too short to play yourself? + your TO facts are wrong and bigmen go for the rebound every time... collisions with team mates may happen.
                                            i see you hate westbrook but outside of the rebound stealing (come from effort) hes still one of the best (don't look at just the playoffs)
                                            The only good thing u mentioned was about curry shows what type of fan you are.

                                            • elcgmail
                                              elcgmail  7 days back

                                              These things should be noted with the stats... needs to be a stain on your record to stop the selfish bs behaviour. I sure wouldn't want anyone willing to do this on my team!

                                              • SilentBob420BMFJ
                                                SilentBob420BMFJ  7 days back

                                                1:27 I've noticed this since I was a kid!

                                                • Carl A
                                                  Carl A  1 weeks back

                                                  it really isn't the players' fault though

                                                  • Smokey’s Lunchbox
                                                    Smokey’s Lunchbox  1 weeks back

                                                    Who watching this after the 2019 Nba Finals?

                                                    • Alex JJDJ
                                                      Alex JJDJ  1 weeks back

                                                      U are a hater!!! Don’t talk like that about Westbrook!!!💯 🙏 apreciate what you do but try not to be a hater

                                                      • Verum Semita
                                                        Verum Semita  1 weeks back

                                                        who cares were just watching.

                                                        • angus matheson
                                                          angus matheson  1 weeks back

                                                          Steven Adams is utterly wasted on that Thunder team.

                                                          • Turboed Pigeon
                                                            Turboed Pigeon  1 weeks back

                                                            If you were in the same shoes as the players today in this NBA generation... i have a feeling you would do the same exact thing Coach Carlisle.

                                                            • TokyoTraveller
                                                              TokyoTraveller  1 weeks back

                                                              if my income was based so heavily on my statistical performance, I would do everything I can to pad my stats, too.

                                                              • Teleplace2
                                                                Teleplace2  1 weeks back

                                                                This guy an Idiot

                                                                • HANS YBRAM
                                                                  HANS YBRAM  2 weeks back

                                                                  I really hate westbrook

                                                                  • Noman Ahmad
                                                                    Noman Ahmad  2 weeks back

                                                                    Real stupid video, if there just running out time with a difference of 10+points they’re just waiting for it to end, other team knows it’s over too, yea when it’s only coupe or 3 points it’s a defensive move, you just had to make a restarted video for reviews

                                                                    • Henrique Rodrigues
                                                                      Henrique Rodrigues  2 weeks back

                                                                      It's not just dad Westbrook also pads the stats like a champ.

                                                                      • Tony Maxx
                                                                        Tony Maxx  2 weeks back

                                                                        Ur ugly making basketball worse

                                                                        • Mikey G
                                                                          Mikey G  2 weeks back

                                                                          Its crazy! There not playing the game anymore....its business smh!

                                                                        • Bee9 Gee9
                                                                          Bee9 Gee9  2 weeks back

                                                                          This isn't ugly. Name a sport, and you'll be naming a sport where players sometimes play for stats. Whoopdeedoo

                                                                          • Jeff C
                                                                            Jeff C  2 weeks back

                                                                            Its ALL UGLY...... LOW LIFE SCUM SUCKERS RUINED THE GAME!

                                                                            • Kirk Kaleta
                                                                              Kirk Kaleta  2 weeks back

                                                                              Fucking stupid fuckheads and who gives a fuck
                                                                              Seriously if the people who do these stats use the dead part of the game, final useless fucking seconds then they are the fucking idiots like the rest of them, FUCK BASKETBALL, ITS A STUPID FUCKING GAME WITH NO CLASS,

                                                                              FUCK EM ALL

                                                                              • Darrell Austin
                                                                                Darrell Austin  3 weeks back

                                                                                Do you even know NBA rules?

                                                                                • J Dub
                                                                                  J Dub  3 weeks back

                                                                                  Westbrook is a pathetic excuse for a player selfish over paid cry baby he will never be on a team that will win a championship his legacy will be stat padding nothing else!

                                                                                  • Terry Smith
                                                                                    Terry Smith  2 weeks back

                                                                                    J Dub dude get a life hating isn’t good for the heart lmao

                                                                                • takla'r paglami
                                                                                  takla'r paglami  3 weeks back

                                                                                  24 seconds shot clock violation is counted as a team turnover not a player turnover. As for it, players don't get these in their stats..
                                                                                  First learn some rules bro..

                                                                                  • J isa
                                                                                    J isa  3 weeks back

                                                                                    I don’t get how that’s a dark side, there not robots just humans who play in the nba and you don’t

                                                                                    • Shadeau #GU
                                                                                      Shadeau #GU  3 weeks back

                                                                                      I cant watch heatcheck cause your voice.. Sorry... But.. Yea

                                                                                      • Albert Cardona II
                                                                                        Albert Cardona II  3 weeks back

                                                                                        Westbrook gets rebounds because he literally fights for them whether or not it is his team mate. Unfortunately for his team mates he takes them. I love Westbrook because he is a hustler and gives his all every time he is on the floor. I don' think some of you play ball the way this man does because he is hungry. I would love for him to go on my favorite team if he was available.

                                                                                        • Jerry Gutierrez
                                                                                          Jerry Gutierrez  3 weeks back

                                                                                          Dude u that bored u ,make videos of this bullshit lmao wow get a job bro stop setting in the house being lazy while ya women is at work u laying around watching fucking basketball all day so u can make this dumb shit dam bro u r lost