Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Is the NBA Crooked?

Some say the NBA is crooked, and if you look at the 2006 Finals, it is not hard to see why! The NBA suspended Jerry Stackhouse, a key player of the Mavericks team for a hard foul on Shaquille Oneal which was nothing more than a flagrant foul. Shaquille Oneal got away with more fouls in the Finals than anyone. He constantly pushed and held Dampere of the Mavericks with nothing called, and he has made a career out of elbowing people in the face, so it is ridiculous that the NBA suspended Jerry Stackhouse for what he did. My feeling is that the NBA wanted to make sure the Heat won game 5! Just look at the statistics in game 5! Dwayne Wade set a NBA Finals record for most free-throw attempts! He alone got as many trips to the line as the entire Mavericks team, which is ridiculous when Dirk Nowitzki was getting mobbed by Haslem!! If that isn't enough, just look at the foul called with 1.9 seconds left in overtime sending Wade once again to the free-throw line! The foul was called by the ref who was furthest away from the play! An official was directly in front of the play and did not see enough to blow the wistle, but the official who was 30 feet away blew the wistle?? That would be ok if the foul was substantial and conclusive, but there was NO CONTACT! Also, Josh Howard asked for a time-out, but officials had the power to use good logic and straighten the matter out, but refused to do so which leaving the Mavericks with no time to advance the ball. They did that for one reason, the same reason Wade got to the line with 1.9 seconds after he was not fouled on yet another play that he was out of control..... you figure it out!!!!!!

The foul disperity in the series shows one thing..... for whatever reason, the refs robbed the Mavericks! Maybe they wanted to send Mr. Cuban a message that eventhough he complains a lot about officiating, they are still in control and they proved that!

Bottom line is that anyone should be able to see that the NBA and officials had more to do with the outcome of the Finals than did the players! You cannot call fouls on the Mavericks for breathing on Wade, then let Dirk Nowitzki get raped on the other end, it is ridiculous and the only explanation for it is that officiating was biased and onesided!!!!!!

If you don't believe there is corruption going on in the NBA, then just look at last year when the league fined Jeff Vangundy a record $100,000 for telling the truth! An league official allegedly contacted Mr. Van Gundy and informed him that officials were instructed to target Yao Ming in the playoffs matchup between the Rockets and Dallas. All Mr. Van Gundy did was tell the truth, and what did he get? A $100,000 fine and a threat from commisioner David Stern! David Stern threatened to permanently ex-communicate Van Gundy from the NBA sending a message to all who contemplate making similar comments against the NBA and it's officials! WHY IN THE HELL SHOULD JEFF VANGUNDY BE TREATED THIS WAY FOR TELLING THE TRUTH? I MEAN, IF THE NBA HAS NOTHING TO HIDE, WHY DO THEY ACT SO SUSPICIOUS????????


Here is an awesome article, read it if you have time! http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/060620


At 11:48 PM, Blogger Brian Armstrong said...

This is nothing new to me; as a Detroit Pistons fan, I watched from the beginning as "Air Jordan" mania cheated the Pistons out of the championship-- and went on to build the biggest case of criminal fraud in US history, earning 10 BILLION DOLLARS for the NBA, naturally under the claim that Jordan was competing honestly and without bias.
We must demand that Congress investigate this scandal, and that the NBA hire only independent referees on lifetime contract, so that they won't be subject to intimidation by losing their jobs and benefits and pensions etc.
It's insane that the threat of losing a few medium-salary paychecks, should be able to cheat real athletes out of 10 billion dollars.

At 7:12 PM, Blogger Ian said...

The NBA is a joke. I also realized this during the 2006 NBA finals, and it is beyond me why people are still watching this garbage. I'm glad there are others out there who see what I see. Unfortunately, ESPN has the broadcasting contract so Sportscenter will cover the NBA much more than the league deserves and won't even acknowledge the fact that its basically WWE status.

At 7:41 PM, Blogger Samson said...

Its 2009. I live in Denver, so normally I'm watching hockey this time of year. I love college basketball, but haven't paid much attention to the NBA for probably 10 years. And that's largely because I thought the NBA was a rigged game this year.

So, I'm watching the NBA for the first time in a decade. And the result of that is that I decide to type "NBA" and "crooked" into google, and that led me here.

Right now, I'm convinced the NBA wants a Kobe v. Labron final. The problem is that the best two teams left in the playoffs are Denver and Orlando. Thus, the NBA refs have been working overtime trying to make the two best teams lose to get the results the NBA marketing people want.

Right now, I'm watching game 5 between Clev and Orlando. Orlando put on a nice spurt to get an 8 pt lead in the third. Since Orlando's already up 3-1 in the series, this could look like curtains for Labron. But, the refs just got involved.

Labron got a very suspicious 'clear path to the basket foul'. Since the player who fouled him was virtually stopped in front of him, it was a very odd call. 2FT and the ball out of bounds. Hey look, the game's tied all of a sudden.

In the 3rd Quarter, with about 6 min to play, Orlando's already over the limit, while according the refs, Cleveland hasn't committed a foul all qtr.

One thing is clear, the NBA is still a joke. My little burst of watching the NBA once in a decade is about over. I didn't even bother to watch game 5 of my local Nuggets vs the Lakers. I knew exactly what was going to happen. And I was right. I could go watch WWE for more unscripted drama than this.

At 2:09 AM, Blogger toma.iulian said...

I think the 2001 Finals between Philly And Lakers was fixed. Even after 10 years I don't understand how Philly dropped 4 games in a row after winning game 1 in LA. There were some doubtful decisions made there in the 4 games that Lakers won.


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