You're kidding me right? Really NBA? twitter.com/Toucherandrich…— Toucher and Rich (@Toucherandrich) June 9, 2012
The NBA had Oklahoma City Thunder "Beat the Heat" t-shirts (called a "Beat LA shirt on the site's headline) for sale on its website for a brief time Friday. This frame grab, tweeted by "Toucher and Rich" of 98.5 The Sports Hub, shows that someone at NBA Central has the Heat ticketed for the NBA Finals against the Western Conference champs.
One problem, Heat and Celtics play Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals Saturday night in Miami.
For those who think that Donald Sterns has put the fix in, these shirts might just be the conspiratorial proof needed. The link to the page shown on this frame was taken down about 30 minutes after it began to make the rounds on Twitter.
If that wasn't enough to make your Green blood boil - check out this frame grab of NBA.com's lead page from Friday night:
The headline of the lead column on the site by Shaun A. Powell reads: "'Please, please pretty please.' Sorry, Celtics fans, but a Heat-Thunder clash in the NBA Finals would be heaven for true hoops fans." Get it, only "true" hoops fans root for the Heat. In this nauseating piece of puff, Powell writes: "If the Heat win Saturday, basketball wins." It's not like the game needs discipline, defense and the ability to hit free-throws, never mind sound coaching.
As if a team like the Celtics, with three certain Hall of Famers (we'll check on Rondo in 10 years), needed bulletin board material, here it is. Now they just have to make sure those shirts are not back on sale again Saturday night.
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