Re: Stern controls Finals
posted at 5/12/2013 9:46 PM EDT
In response to antiqueman1's comment:
Sick of seeing no equal justice on the NBA basketball courts over the pass few seasons. Lebron, the man who never gets called for anything: fouls, travels, nothing. Same goes for Wade.
Tonight I watched Lebron hook and hold, travel, and use the 'whatever he wants pass' via Stern. I also saw Wade throw some elbows to free himself for his shot. Crazy. It is just so tiring watching Stern control the puppet show.
The Bulls worked so hard tonight and had nothing to show for it except a hard fought loss. And that is not due to the Heat being better this night.
I can't believe how many still think this Heat team is so great. This depleted Bulls squad is pushing the Heat to the limit (in all 3 games with the exception of the second half in game 2). To me that says the Bulls are one tough team or the Heat just aren't as good as many believe them to be.
If only Deng and Heinrich were able to play, what a difference it would be. And if you added Rose, Stern would not know what to do because the Heat would be down 3.
I applaud and cheer for this Bulls team becasue they have earned it from this long time Cs and NBA fan.
I have decided that when called on the topic, Stern tightens things up and at least reduces the playoff scripting and star calls. Thibideu just got fined $35,000 for calling a spade a spade.
Two years ago, the NBA had "allowed super star super power capabilities". Each NBA star had specific things that they could do that were obvious fouls but allowed by the NBA. It had to be an NBA wide issue because the star was allowed to do it game in and game out, independent of the specific game or the referee crew. The two most blatant super hero set ups were James and his running back playes to the basket, and Novinski clearing out people with his elbows.
Last year most of those things disappeared. This year, a different brand of scripting is back. This year, calling games closely or loosely has been the scripting of choice. The best examples are the Celtics and the Knicks, and the Heat with the Bulls.
A game called closely favors offensive teams and a game called loosely favors defensive teams. In the 18 years that KG has been playing, he has never before been in foul trouble to the extent that he was in the first two games of the Knicks series. Then for entertainment purposes, the game is called loosely. While some may drink the NBA Koolaid, I can't wait for Stern to retire.
My biggest hope is that his replacement will have more interest in sport than entertainment.
I do believe that he learned the wrong lesson from Bird and Magic.