Wednesday, June 04, 2008

I shall speak no more forever

I noted with interest what Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Daily News had to say about the Lakers/Celtics easy ride to quest for the NBA finals:
Halftime report sponsored by Lakers and Celtics in the NBA Finals, and isn't that just so convenient?
The two most storied franchises in NBA history.
Complete with all those historic battles from the 1960s and '80s. All those vintage clips.
And arriving just in time to save the league from another Pistons-Spurs ratings tanking.
Now, if you live in Utah or San Antonio, or even Detroit, this might be just a wee too neat for your tastes.
There, the conspiracy theories run rampant. Of course, if you live in Salt Lake City and San Antonio, what else do you have to do? Other than disavow Mormon extremists.
To think a billion-dollar enterprise like the NBA would actually be involved in any nefarious shenanigans is, naturally, absurd.
Destroying its credibility and free-flowing cash pipeline over an exposed scheme would not be smart business.
If NBA commissioner David Stern has proven to be anything, it's that he is one smart businessman.
Yet to the NBA's great dismay, curious evidence that something suspicious is afoot has been on the plentiful side this season. Particularly the postseason.
The Lakers' postseason journey has been, shall we say, fortuitous at times.
Unless you consider the Nuggets' bus catching fire on the way to Staples Center an everyday occurrence. Or the Spurs getting stuck on the runway until dawn a typical NBA episode.
"Every year they say that stuff," Lakers forward Luke Walton said. "They always say the NBA doesn't want the Spurs in the Finals, but they've been there every other year."
Everybody and his mother realize the Lakers caught a break in the last seconds of Game 4 in the Western Conference finals when Derek Fisher made like an MD-80 and used Brent Barry for a landing strip. And no foul was called.
Even the NBA found that a tad uncouth, and very uncharacteristically, released a statement announcing a two-shot foul should have been called.
(NBA commentary: Finals plot worthy of Oliver Stone - Salt Lake Tribune)
He didn't mention the numerous non-calls on the Lakers in the Utah series as well as the ticky-tack fouls called on the Jazz. There is a great shot of such a "non-call" in the current ESPN magazine where D-Will got pegged in the--shall we say the McFinegans with no whistle to be heard.

I have been true to my word and have not watched any basketball since the Jazz went out of the playoffs. Although I was a Celtics fan long before I was a Jazz fan I think I might just keep not watching. I may, in fact, boycott the NBA altogether.

I don't think so: then I wouldn't have any excuse to drink beer on a weeknight.

No comments:

Post a Comment