God bless the NBA.
After spending almost every Sunday since September wondering just how much air you're allowed to hump/sex you're allowed to simulate following each sack or score, the liberal sensibilities of professional basketball hit like a freshly rolled joint in being a breath of fresh air. There's just nothing that speaks to the difference in how seriously each sport takes itself than Jimmy Butler casually ripping an imaginary L as a way to laugh off the actual L he took in botching an easy basket. While the NFL treats marijuana like everyone of its athletes is one wayward whiff of weed away from falling dangerously deep in love with the "white girl", even the most irritable of NBA All Stars has absolutely no reservations in doing some team bonding through the indirect promotion of recreational drug use between plays. It's genuinely an incredible juxtaposition.
Of course, there are surely a bunch of half-dead fans that prefer their professional basketball to have more Princeton offense and less paraphernalia, but to the target audience that isn't one missed step away from a walker these are the types of antics that make the NBA so endearing. Jimmy Butler has proven himself to be a bit of an overly serious asshole, and he looks like a light-hearted (and heavy-lunged) comedian in comparison to those that have a problem with him pretending to smoke the pot after smoking a lay-up. The NBA has its problems, mainly a lack of parity, but neither personality nor progressiveness are one of them.