Re: Great example of why I never watch non Celtics NBA games.
posted at 6/13/2011 5:38 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Great example of why I never watch non Celtics NBA games.
[QUOTE]Good thread... Stern and crooked NBA refs ruined the game...I say that in past tense.. its already ruined
. I watch the Celtic games mainly and a sprinkling of other regular season games and the playoffs/finals. When the refs go into their act, I wonder how the players bite their tongue and fists, I really do
. I just figure with the money they make, they dont let it bother them much. I guess if I got called on a BS call and knew the ref did it purposely, Id just think back to the $2-20 mil Im making this season and let it go too. Cant speak out and risk ending the gravy train. Hopefully at some point, the fans turn on the game and stop supporting it. I dont spend a nickle to watch the Celtics
... I live in NYC area and watch most of their games online, when theyre not on national TV. I also listen in to the WEEI broadcast I get thru NBA.com for free. If I get tickets to a Nets or Knicks game, they are for free. I wont buy their ripoff soveneirs, Ill take my kids to eat before we go.... and Ill buy some stuff to eat/drink during the game...I guess they get me there but its only a few games a year. Frankly, theres not much I watch in the NBA except the Celtics and a few other teams because of certain players I like to follow like Dirk, Lebron, Rose etc... but I wouldnt watch if it cost me 50cents. Theres even a part of me that roots against the NBA in the Olympics/World championships. I want them to lose often so somebody wakes up and realizes how the league is going downhill... gets rid of Stern... gets the game back to being called fairly and played the right way
Posted by Karllost[/QUOTE]
We really share one brain on this topic. I've said it elsewhee, maybe here...I love basketball, and that love of basketball jelps fuel my disgust for the league.
I originally comented on the bad officiating, and someone brought up the NFL and MLB? It's mostly been covered how absurd that statement is, but I feel compelled to answer none-the-less. Sure, there are bad calls by any officials in all sports. But an NBA game often turns into a game of absurd makeup calls, crowd driven calls/non calls, and glaring offical egos that ruin the flow of the game.
In MLB I say an ump blow a perfect game, the whole world did. He came out and apologized and commented on how sick he was. Remember Ed "Hercules" blowing the Jay Cutler fumble/incompletion a few years back? He was so apologetic, the league made him stop talking about it on his twitter account. I can't remember an NBA official ever edmitting anything wrong, and rarely has Stern ever held them accountable. Remember Rivers getting thrown out of a game a few years back for, basically, looking at the ref and asking "what?!" Yeah, he acted THAT outrageously and got a 1 game suspension, what a joke that was. Only recently have some MLB umpires started having such egos, and gthere are PLENTY of people making enough noise about it, and wanting those umps taken out of the game. Where's the outrage from NBA fans? It doesn't exist. Most fans that used to care about officiating I feel have mostly moved on from this league, and now the league is left with a fanbase that largely caes mostly about highlight plays, not substance or integrity. Fact is, every prof. league has sold part of the integrity of their game for money, but the NBA has none left.
Oh, and if you really think Donaghy was a one-man problem...I'm willing to bet you thought Canseco was full of c r a p about steroids in baseball too. What people way about Donaghy, people said about Canseco, "Axe to grind...bitter...jealous...deflecting negativity..." Canseco was right, and I tend to believe Donaghy too. Nobody has been able to provide me with a reason for him to lie, he gains nothing from lying about it.