Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Lakers 2013 Playoff Conspiracy

Above you will view a really well put together video of the Lakers' 2013 playoff push. Is the revenue gained by having the Lakers swept in the first round by the Spurs worth harming the integrity of the league?  Looks like the answer is still "yes".

I can see why casual NBA fans point to game fixing. The casual fan usually only watches the end of the game. And it is at the end of these games that things get the most wacky. Guys get hacked, rebounding fouls aren't called, on ball hand-checking is suddenly allowed, and star treatment is ramped up.

With Czar Stern out of office in February I'm interested to see the visible changes that Commissioner Silver will put in place. I hope he can do things to un-Donaghy the refs even further. The star treatment on the hardwood has never made much sense to me and only shows the weakness of the officials ability to officiate.  Fans don't like it. The only people who like it are the stars.  The league could like it if indeed a fix is in.  Are refs subconsciously providing star treatment or are their marching orders given to them before certain games?

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