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The Joke Called the NBA Playoffs
The sports reporters won’t come out in the open, so I will.
I don’t care what teams you want to focus on, the con is universal. The players are committing so many obvious violations and fouls, the refs can’t keep up. The games border on sheer chaos.
A guy drives into the paint, two defenders are waiting for him, there’s a collision, the refs don’t call it, AND the driver is taking three and even four steps. Traveling. But no whistle.
Then we have the hop. The player with ball jumps up, comes down, goes up again and shoots. That’s traveling, too. But the refs ignore it.
There’s the crash itself---guy drives at 60mph into a more or less unmoving defender, smashes into him and puts him on his ass---it’s either a no-call or blocking. This is a license to maim. Try it yourself some time. Stand on the court, have a guy who is 6-8 and 230 come at you full speed and run THROUGH you and experience what happens.
When you have a game during which these violations and fouls are being committed in a constant stream, the winner is going to be based on the refs’ arbitrary decisions about when to call fouls, on whom, and when to let the flow keep flowing. It’s preposterous.
There are other no-call violations. The dribbler is actually carrying the ball. He’s turning it over in his hand. The ref is supposed to whistle these violations. He doesn’t. Carrying the ball, turning it over, palming it happen maybe 100 times in a game. Maybe more. Actually, they happen on every possession. It’s a joke.
The substance of the game is now pretty much three-balls and drives into the paint with bodies smashing. That’s it. That’s all. I saw one player among all the teams who plays classic basketball: Jimmy Butler. He doesn’t blast other bodies. He rarely shoots the three. He’s relentless and alert every second. He economizes motion. He manages to get separation from his defender on nearly every shot he takes. You want to watch him. He’s worth the price of admission.
But the genie is out of the bottle. You can’t put it back in. What are you going to do? Train a whole generation of kids to play the game the way it’s supposed to be played? That won’t work.
“Well, you see, son, you can’t really step back and then shoot the three, because you’re taking two steps and that’s traveling.” Goes over like a lead balloon.
“Welcome to the finals of Smash & Travel. Let’s see what the refs have in store for us tonight. As always, it’s a random roll of the dice. You’re up, you’re down. You’re up AND down and nobody calls it.”
The NBA is banking on one hope. The fans are too dumb to notice what’s right there in front of their eyes.
-- Jon Rappoport
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