Posted by Karllost
We really share one brain on this topic. I've said it elsewhee, maybe here...I love basketball, and that love of basketball jelps fuel my disgust for the league.
I originally comented on the bad officiating, and someone brought up the NFL and MLB? It's mostly been covered how absurd that statement is, but I feel compelled to answer none-the-less. Sure, there are bad calls by any officials in all sports. But an NBA game often turns into a game of absurd makeup calls, crowd driven calls/non calls, and glaring offical egos that ruin the flow of the game.
In MLB I say an ump blow a perfect game, the whole world did. He came out and apologized and commented on how sick he was. Remember Ed "Hercules" blowing the Jay Cutler fumble/incompletion a few years back? He was so apologetic, the league made him stop talking about it on his twitter account. I can't remember an NBA official ever edmitting anything wrong, and rarely has Stern ever held them accountable. Remember Rivers getting thrown out of a game a few years back for, basically, looking at the ref and asking "what?!" Yeah, he acted THAT outrageously and got a 1 game suspension, what a joke that was. Only recently have some MLB umpires started having such egos, and gthere are PLENTY of people making enough noise about it, and wanting those umps taken out of the game. Where's the outrage from NBA fans? It doesn't exist. Most fans that used to care about officiating I feel have mostly moved on from this league, and now the league is left with a fanbase that largely caes mostly about highlight plays, not substance or integrity. Fact is, every prof. league has sold part of the integrity of their game for money, but the NBA has none left.
Oh, and if you really think Donaghy was a one-man problem...I'm willing to bet you thought Canseco was full of c r a p about steroids in baseball too. What people way about Donaghy, people said about Canseco, "Axe to grind...bitter...jealous...deflecting negativity..." Canseco was right, and I tend to believe Donaghy too. Nobody has been able to provide me with a reason for him to lie, he gains nothing from lying about it.