Saturday, November 10, 2007

2007-2008: NBA's Top 10 players (Updated)

List based on skill sets, completeness as a player, and value to team.

1) Kobe Bryant: Kobe is doing it all. He is on his way to winning his 1st NBA MVP award, he has his team on top of the most competitive conference in NBA history, and is doing it without even breaking a sweat. Did I mention he is playing through a torn ligament and broken bone in his shooting hand?

2) Lebron James: It is easy to forget that Lebron James is only 23 years old. Arguably the most physically gifted player in the NBA, James managed to take his Cavs all the way to the NBA finals. Despite of his post-season success and international stardom however, James possesses many basketball deficiencies as a player. He is still only a 69% free throw shooter and has a reputation of choking in crunch-time. Lebron's Impact on the game is huge and he preforms consistently night in and night out for his team.

3)
Chris Paul: What can we say about Chris Paul that hasn't already been said? This guy has one of the highest basketball IQ's, making him the best 'anticipator' in this league. He has also replaced Allen Iverson as the best ball-handler in the league. Paul is just so poised and mature at this young stage of his career, he is truly a coaches dream. He is putting up remarkable numbers and has his team among the top in the toughest conference in NBA History.

4) Kevin Garnett:
Kevin Garnett was the second-best player in the NBA for the past few years. Despite Garnett's struggles in Minnesota, his amazing skills, accentuated with his exuberant passion and insatiable hunger makes him the most dominant force in the Eastern Conference.

5) Dwight Howard: As I predicted, Dwight has led his team to the top of the Southeast Division. After winning up the Slam Dunk Contest, Dwight is on his way to winning the rebounding title, averaging a monstrous 21 ppg and 15 rpg.

6)
Tim Duncan: Duncan has fallen off his game substantially. In fact, I have argued that Ginobili and Parker are more important to the teams success than he is. That being said, Tim Duncan will continue to provide his Spurs with his usual leadership and solid numbers. His poor man-to-man defense and his weak free-throw shooting are the only deficiencies in his game.

7)
Yao Ming: How do you stop a 7 foot 6, 320 pound center, who is amazingly one of the best shooters in the entire NBA? You don't. The only thing stopping Yao Ming from dominating the entire league is his conditioning. When Yao gets that down - look out. Unfortunately, Yao has gone down with another leg injury. Its a tragic setback for one of the great personalities of his game.


8) Deron Williams: The Sky is the limit for Deron Williams. His amazing leadership, his flawless work-ethic, and amazing decisions on the court ensures his place among the game's elite. Williams is the second best shooting PG in the league after Steve Nash, and he will likely be in the Hall of Fame when it is all said and done.

9)
Dirk Nowitski: Despite his reputation as a choker, Dirk is a top 10 player in this league. His jumper is virtually unstoppable when hes on, and he averages down double-digits in rebounds to go along with it.

10) Manu Ginobili: Manu has been the 2nd best SG in the NBA for a while now. He can do it all, and if he wasn't so unselfish, there is no doubt in my mind that he could average 27+ ppg in this league.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

2007-2008 Season Predictions

Eastern Conference standings:

1) Boston Celtics (Win Atlantic division)
2) Detroit Pistons (Win Central division)
3) Chicago Bulls (3rd best record)
4) Orlando Magic (Win Southeast division)
5) Toronto Raptors
6) Cleveland Cavaliers
7) New York Knicks
8) New Jersey Nets

Note: Miami will miss the playoffs.

Western Conference standings:

1) San Antonio Spurs (Win Atlantic division)
2) Dallas Mavericks (2nd best record)
3) Los Angeles Lakers (Win Pacific)
4) Utah Jazz (Win Northwest division)
5) Houston Rockets
6) Denver Nuggets
7) Phoenix Suns
8) Golden State Warriors

Note: Steve Nash is due for an injury, Amare Stoudamire had yet another surgery, and Shawn Marion will likely be dealt by the trade deadline. That said, it is easy to see why the Suns' window for a championship has passed. The 2007-2008 season will officially be their demise. With such a lack of competition in the Pacific division, I envision a healthy Lakers squad winning the pacific with a 54-28 record.


MVP: Kevin Garnett or Kobe Bryant
All-Star MVP: Gilbert Arenas or Tim Duncan
Rookie of the Year: Kevin Durant
Slam Dunk Champion: James White or Rodney Carney (candidacy not established)
Scoring Champion: Kobe Bryant
Most Improved Player: Luol Deng

Note: Tim Duncan has won both multiple regular season MVP awards and Finals MVP awards. While Duncan is not the type to seek personal accolades, I bet that he really wants an All-Star MVP for two reasons. First of, he is probably still upset about losing the Finals MVP to Tony Parker. Second, he simply has never won one before, so its a challenge. Of course Carmelo may be a candidates for the All-star MVP simply because he is a chucker, and if Kobe really wants to win it, no one will stop him .

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Chicago's Smart Salary Cap Management May Bring the Bulls a Championship


Many General Managers in the NBA could learn from a man like John Paxson. While many thought that the Bulls would forever be plagued in the 'Post-Jordan era,' Paxson has proven that smart fiscal decisions can turn dreams into realities.

The young core of Chicago, commonly known as the "Baby-Bulls," raised eyebrows in this year's playoffs. Despite their underdog status, the Bulls proved they are a team to be reckoned with after they swept the defending champions - the Miami Heat - in the first round.

With the emergence of Luol Deng as an all-star, Kirk Hinrich's unquestioned leadership, and Thabo Sefolosha's lockdown defense, comes the promise of a championship. However, the Bulls are lacking a true post presence and are about one piece short of holding the Larry O'brien trophy. That player will join them within the next two years.

While many general managers tend to irrationally spend excessive amounts of cash on unproven and overrated players, Paxson understood that by spending less in the short-run, it would pay off in the long-run.

So who are the players that can make or break the Chicago Bulls' dream of a championship? Kobe Bryant and Jermaine O'neal.

Jermaine O'neal

With Jermaine O'neal having threatened to opt out, I believe that the pacers will deal him at the trade deadline. If they don't however, he will however opt out and be a F.A.

While he might desire playing for the Lakers, Los Angeles' salary cap situation might change his mind. Because the Lakers can only offer him the mid-level exception (MLE), I personally don't see him signing with LA.

One team that needs a post presence and has the financial means to sign him is the Chicago Bulls. If Jermaine O'neal signs with the bulls in 2008-2009, they will be hands-down the best team in the league.

In two seasons, the Spurs, Suns, and Heat will be pretty old and they will all ultimately end up losing key pieces of their roster (respectively - Shaquille O'neal, Shawn Marion, Robert Horry, Michael finely, etc).

If things pan out, the Bulls roster may look like this:

PG:Ben Gordon/Chris Duhon
SG:Kirk Hinrich/Thabo Sefolosha
SF:Luol Deng/Andres Nocioni
PF:Jermaine O'neal/P.J Brown/Joakim Noah
C: Ben Wallace/Tyrus Thomas

When you factor in the growth and development of Deng as an All-star, and the defensive excellence down the roster, I see this roster as the best team in the league.

Kobe Bryant

Even if the Bulls do not land Jermaine O'neal, they will be able to sign a super-star in Kobe Bryant. A trio of Bryant, Deng and Hinrich would rival that of every other team in the league.

PG:Kirk Hinrich/Ben Gordon/Chris Duhon
SG:Kobe Bryant/Thabo Sefolosha
SF:Luol Deng/Andres Nocioni
PF:Joakim Noah
C: Ben Wallace/Tyrus Thomas

This prospective team would have it all scoring, rebounding, shooting, defense, you name it.

Other teams to look out for in 2009 will be the Blazers, Celtics, Raptors, Magic and the Timberwolves.

Obviously this is all just speculation and no one knows anything for certain. One small move could change everything and make this whole thread obsolete (i.e: Kobe to Jazz), but its something to think about and John Paxson deserves much praise.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Ranking the Top Ten Players of All-Time


Ranking the NBA's best is a daunting task that requires plenty of patience, analysis and consideration. Some base it on individual merits and accolades-championships, MVP awards, etc; Others base it on a player's skills, abilities, and influence on the game. Ultimately, regardless of one's position, there can exist some type of compromise.

My top 10 list All-Time would go (in no particular order):
  • Michael Jordan
  • Kobe Bryant
  • Magic Johnson
  • Tim Duncan
  • Shaquille O'neal
  • Oscar Robertson
  • Wilt Chamberlain
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Hakeem Olajuwon
  • Kevin Garnett
*Honorable Mentions: Jason Kidd, Larry Bird, Bill Russell.

Why does Bill Russell not make the Cut?

Russell fails to make the cut for several reasons.


1) Due to his era, his numbers were inflated. It was simly a different game.
2) Rule variations: No 3-second rule, No 5-second back-to-basket rule, no 3 point line. No shot clock. The list goes on and on.
3) There were far less teams back then (14 if I remember correctly), and the Celtics were the only dominant team in the NBA. They had all the talent, and all the size. That is why they won 8 in a row. So rings cannot be a determinant, as it was a far less competitive league.
4) As good as Russell was, he only played on one side of the court. He was primarily a defensive player. In today's game , he would be reminiscent of Ben Wallace.

Why did you put Garnett over Bird?

Anyone that was building a franchise would take Garnett over Bird in a heartbeat. Aside from Hakeem, Garnett is the most skilled bigman the game has ever seen. His footwork is on par with Michael Jordan's, and his fadeaway on par with Kobe Bryant's. Were it not for his unselfish nature, Garnett could realistically be averaging 33 ppg and 15 rpg per season. Its a damn shame when one realizes that he has been surrounded by a crap his entire career.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Flip Saunders is the worst coach in the history of the NBA

I cannot even express in words how terrible Flip Saunders is. He not only deserves to be fired, but he should never again be allowed to coach in the NBA. Saunders is a worthless degenerate and lacks both common sense and basketball IQ. His atrocious coaching is the sole reason for his team's staggering loss in Game 5 vs the Pistons. Saunders' decisions in the end of the fourth quarter and in overtime will not only cost him the series but ultimately his career.

I will now proceed to tear him apart.

1) His matchups were beyond horrible. First of all, he assigned Billups, who is 6''2, to Lebron (6''9 + 40 inch vertical). Sure, Billups is a great defensive player, arguably even an All-NBA calibur one. But by doing this, Saunders is essentially forfieting the game. Where is Rip Hamilton? Sure he was in foul trouble, but your season is on the line. Contrary to popular belief, Richard Hamilton, not Tayshaun Prince, is the Piston's best defensive player. Regardless of that, neither of them guarded James in the final minutes of the fourth. Instead you had Maxiell, a bulky power forward, and Billups, a undersized point guard, guarding Lebron James. That is why James was able to waltz to the basket, nabbing himself two dunks in the process that sent the game into overtime.

2) How can any team give up two dunks consecutively to the same player in a halfcourt Setting? How moronic and incompetent can you be out there. Why aren't you fouling Lebron James, who is a notoriously bad free throw shooter? Statistically, he would have been assured to miss one. Furthermore, how do you let him waltz to the rim on the final play and get another layup, this time to seal game?

3) No other Cavaliers player was scoring out there. Lebron had scored 22 of the last 23 points for his team, yet Flip sits there idle like a paraplegic cow. Why don' t you get your ass of the bench and send him some hard double-teams? Why not force the ball out of his hands? Why don't you try to see if Pavlovic can make 8 points in a row? Instead Saunders sat there like the low-life that he is, watching not only his team's lead, but also his career, slowly melt away in the abyssal gutter of failure.

4) Why are you telling your players to play Lebron so tight down the stretch? Why? Do you want him to blow by you and dunk? How can anyone who claims to be a coach, be so ignorant, naive and utterly stupid. Why aren't you packing the lane? Why aren't you rushing a secondary defender at Lebron? Why are you refusing to double-team him? There is no possible explanation for travesty.


In short, Saunders has an extreme mental deficiency of fundamental basketball knowledge. Any intelligent basketball analyst could only writhe in pain as they watched his blistering incompetence spread like a cancer to his players. Frankly, if the Pistons lose this series, I fully expect Saunders' tenure in Detroit will be over. Joe Dumars will simply not tolerate such negligence and ineptitude.


Sunday, May 6, 2007

Implications of Zone Defense and its Effects on the Legacy of the Game

Zone defense is the alternative to man-to-man defense, where players guard an allotted area rather than an individual player. The NBA outlawed zone defense on January 11, 1947. It stayed this way until the 2001-2002 regular season, where the NBA legalized zone for the first time in 54 years.

WHY WAS ZONE LEGALIZED?

What was the main reason zone defense was legalized?

The NBA will never admit to it publically, but zone defense was primarily legalized to contain Shaquille O'neal. Shaquille simply could not be guarded by one man, it was just not possible. It's a lopsided mismatch regardless of whoever is guarding him. Add Kobe Bryant to that team and it is plain to see that the league would be dominated for a long time to come. Therefor, in order to even out the playing field, the league legalized zone defense.

IMPLICATIONS OF ZONE DEFENSE ON THE LEGACY OF THE GAME

The media generally regards Michael Jordan as the greatest player to ever play the game. His legacy and career achievement are continuously being compared to today's generation of athletes. These comparisons are unfair however, because Jordan never had to deal with the complexities of zone defense. Jordan had the luxury of always going against one opponent on isolation plays. Today's great players like Kobe Bryant can be doubled without the ball and have to deal with swarms of defenders all around them. Therefor, the legalization of zone defense helped to secure Michael Jordan's legacy as the greatest player of all time.

ZONE VS HAND-CHECKING

The art of man-to-man defense has all but disappeared thanks to a barrage of new restrictive rules that reward the offensive player. One of these rules is the hand-checking rule. Essentially this curtails that the defensive player cannot use his hands against the defender.

Now how does hand-checking compare against zone?

While its true that the hand-checking rule did raise scoring and increase overall offensive output from 93.4 ppg to 97.2 ppg, it still does not affect the game as much as zone defense does.

The people who say zone defense is a weak defense do not know how to play it correctly. The Detroit Pistons play zone to perfection. If the opposition has one weak player, zone is the perfect way to force that player to create his own shot and take the ball out of the best players hands. If you want an example of this just watch how the 2007 Warriors played Dirk Nowitzki in the post-season.

As a scorer ask yourself this:

Would I rather have to deal with double and triple teams on the catch, or just deal with arm-bars on the drive?

Sure defense was more physical in the 80's, however the stars back then did not have to deal with the multitude of individual attention that players get today.

Zone may be weak against a team with five strong players, but it is great against dominant individuals .

Just look how much defensive attention Kobe Bryant gets, and what he has to deal with : Teams force other players to make shots.
Double-teamed 35 feet from the basket.


KB42PAH

Saturday, May 5, 2007

New Dynamics of the MVP Award, Self-Sufficiency, and why Dirk Nowitzki is not an MVP


NEW DYNAMICS OF THE MVP AWARD


For the greater part of NBA history, the NBA's season MVP's have generally met these requirements:
1) Arguably the best player in the league
2) The best individual season in the league
3) The most memorable season of the year
4) A self-sufficent player

Sadly however, the NBA, or rather the media has developed a new set of criteria's:

1) "Best player on the best team."
2) Unwritten 50-win requirement
3) More collective team wins = Strong MVP candidate
4) A player that "Makes his teammates better."

Over the last two seasons, this shift in values by the media has become more apparent. The players are receiving an 'individual accolade'' based on 'team success.' While it's true that team success should be of some merit, it should not be the determining factor of the award. Unfortunately, it is.

WHY DIRK NOWITZKI FALLS SHORT OF THE MVP AWARD IN SO MANY WAYS

An MVP must be SELF-SUFFICIENT. They must to be the unquestioned leader of the team and must also be able to fend for themselves, regardless of their teammate's performances.

Dirk Nowitzki is a top 10 player in the NBA without question. However, he is not the most valuable player on his team. That honor would be reserved for Josh Howard who:

a) Is the most significant determining factor in Maverick victories. They were 23-1 when he scored 20+ points.
b) Has given the Mavericks a defensive edge and identity.

Night in and nightout he guards the best swingmen in the league, and he does a pretty good job too. Although he has problems with quick guards (Dwyane Wade, Baron Davis), he is excellent at anticipating the offensive players tendencies in the triple threat position.

Not only is Dirk Nowitzki not their most valuable player, he isn't even their unquestioned leader. There are two types of leadership, vocal leadership and leadership by example. Jason "the Jet" Terry is the vocal leader of the Mavericks, the little general that is an extension of Avery himself on the court. He is not solely the leader due to his ascribed position as the team's point guard, it's just his personality. Some people lead, some people follow.

Not only does Dirk fail to be a vocal leader on the floor, he also fails to lead by example. How can a 90% foul-line shooter consistently miss clutch freethrows and disappear in big games? It is simply inexcusable. Prior to the playoffs, I called the Warriors to win the series in 6 games, and I was even more confident it would finish that way when Goldenstate lost that heartbreaker to Dallas in game 5. Dirk had his first 'typical' MVP-type game, which had been expected of him throughout the series. However, knowing Dirk, I knew he would not show up in back-to-back games.

As I re-iterated earlier Nowitzki is not self-sufficient. How does an MVP candidate go 2-13, for 8 points in an elimination game of the post-season? How come such an elite shooter, who not too long ago won the 3 point contest, lacks the confidence to shoot over players 8 inches shorter than him?

A few days ago on PTI,Wilbon and Kornheiser said they would "recast" their MVP votes for Nowitzki if they could. I'm sure alot of people would. But whats done is done, and Dirk will accepting the award from his living room on Monday.

Recap:

- Josh Howard, Jason Terry, and Avery Johnson had more to do with Dallas' 67-win regular season than Dirk Nowitzki did.
-Avery Johnson and Josh Howard are responsible for Dallas' defensive improvements. Johnson does not reward players with PT unless they play defense, and Howard has the physical tools to harass premier swingmen in the league.
-Dirk is not self-sufficient. He lacks the ability and the confidence to take over a game by himself. His success is dependant on others. Thus they are rewarding an individual for primarily a team effort. This reflects the media's new values in the NBA.
-Dirk also falls short on leadership prerequisites required of an MVP candidate. He is not a vocal leader (Terry) nor does he lead by example.

Will Dirk win the award? Yes. But for the second consecutive year now, the MVP award will be given out to an undeserving candidate.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

M.V.P = Media Voting on Popularity


I have been quoted as saying "The MVP award is a joke."

I will go into detail now about how the award has become nothing more than a media popularity contest in the last 2 seasons.

2005-2006 MVP BIAS EXPOSED

I think its ridiculous that Steve Nash has won 2 MVP awards yet has never even experienced a trip to the finals. Oh but wait, he makes his teammates better right? Wrong.

"Making your teammates better" is a popular expression that was coined by John Wooden and has been continuously repeated in the media.

No one can make their teammates better. It is impossible. You can't physically aid your teammates in putting the ball through the hoop. All you can do is give them the ball in their 'comfort zones.' You can't make them "better." Put Steve Nash on a team of 10 years olds. Will he make them better ? No. Nash has two all-stars on his team in Amare and Marion, and he is surrounded by world-class shooters. His starting-5 all shoot near or above 40% from distance. Therefor, Nash is not self-sufficient. He cannot win a game by himself. He is dependant on these world-class shooters to succeed. Steve Nash doesn't make his teammates better, he just gives them the ball and they put it through the net with their deadly shooting. It is not hard to rack up the assists when you have such deadly shooters.

KIDD VS NASH DILEMMA

Jason Kidd made it to the NBA finals in consecutive years in 2001-2002 and 2002-2003. He is a world-class defender that can hold his own against even the best offensive players. He is a triple-double machine that revitalized the Nets Franchise. Doesn't he make his teammates better? Didn't he dominate the Eastern conference and make the finals twice? Didn't he play on BOTH ends of the court?

Jason Kidd did not win an MVP either season.

ROSTER COMPARISION

Compare Steve Nash's 2005-2006 roster to Kobe Bryant's roster.

Nash has a superior supporting caste in Marion, Barbosa, Richardson, Bell, Thomas, Diaw, House - All expert shooters that spread the floor.

Joe Johnson who was on Nash's suns in 2004-2005 went to the Hawks the next season where he averaged 28ppg. So much for making him better.

Bryant on the other hand had one of the worst supporting castes in the game.

His second best player is inconsistent at best. His starting PG is an unfundamental, street-balling flake. His center, Kwame Brown, is 6-11 and can't make a layup in his 7th season.

TEAM RECORDS

Steve Nash's MVP award in 2005-2006 season was such a dishonest and deceitful decision by the media.

Phoenix played absolutely no defense giving up 106 ppg. They merely tried to outscore their opponents.

Team improvement is a huge factor when it comes to MVP voting.

Los Angeles went from a 34-48 season to a 45-37 season. An 11-game improvement.

Phoenix went from a 62-20 season to a 54-28 season. An 8-game regression.

So the media went against its own standards and not surprisingly rewarded Nash for having an inferior season.

INDIVIDUAL COMPARISONS

So not only did the Lakers have a better statistical improvement over the suns, Kobe's season trumped Nash's season in nearly every way.

Kobe's 2005-2006 season was one of the 5 best individual seasons in the history of the NBA.

He averaged 35.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 4.5 apg on 45%FG, 35% 3pT, and 85% FT.

His 35.4 ppg was the highest of the last 20 years.

He was the only player on BOTH
1) All-NBA 1st team
2) All-NBA Defensive 1st team.

He was the only player to score 2,800+ points and 180 three pointers in a season.
He had 7 games of 50+ points.
He had 27 games of 40+ points
He had 4 consecutive games of 45+ points
He had a game of 81 points, the 2nd highest scoring game in NBA history
He scored 62 points in 3 quarters, outscoring the entire Dallas team after 3 quarters -making him the first player in NBA history to outscore an entire team by himself. (That Dallas team proceeded to go to the 2006 NBA Finals.)

Nash on the other hand averaged 18.8 ppg, 10.5 apg, and 4.2 rpg on 51.2%FG, 43.9% 3PT, and 92.1% FT.

His ppg and apg both DECREASED from the previous season. So not only was his team's record worse from the last season, his individual numbers were as well.

HYPOTHETICAL CASE

Kobe averaged 35.4 ppg in the 'equality opportunity' triangle offense.' If you switch Bryant and Nash in 2005-2006, Phoenix would have been a 65+ win team, Kobe would have averaged 40 ppg and Phoenix would be highest scoring team in 20+ years.

Put Nash on Lakers of last year and they are at best a 38 win team.

PROOF OF BIAS

Kobe had one of the 5 most remarkable season in NBA history and the media's stubborn bias prevented him from getting the coveted award.

Voters have to fill out their 'top 5' candidates for the award, each slot receiving a respective number of points.

22/123 voters completely left him off of their top 5 , which is a true testament of how pathetic the award has become.

Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Steve Nash, and Elton Brand were the only strong candidates for the award. There were 4 strong candidates.

How is it even fathomable that Kobe could be COMPLETELY left of the ballot by ANY credible voter?

I personally felt that both Kobe AND Lebron deserved it more than Nash.

POSSIBLE EXPLANATION

I love watching Steve Nash play, he is a quality point guard that has mastered the position - at least on the offensive end.

Steve Nash, despite the fact that he is an amazing basketball player, won the MVP just because he was white. Now don't jump the gun and try to follow my logic.

The media loved him, they could relate to him.

A vertically challenged and unathletic white-guy that dominates in a big, tall, athletically-dominated league.

Most of the voters physically resemble Nash and thus could relate to him effectively and subliminally it affected their decision making process.

The decision was pure robbery.

I think they should just change the award name from MVP and call it the STEVE NASH AWARD and just give it to him for the next 8 years because he "makes his teammates better."

New Mixes on the Horizon

I have two final mixes planned for this year.

The first one is "Kobe Bryant - The Inventor" and he second one is a non-laker mix (surprise).

I am also trying to release a mix I made last year but I am having trouble with the file extension.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Preferential Treatment of Dwyane Wade, Double-Standards, and Officiating in General

Examples of Wade's Preferrential Treatment:


At Portland officials bail Wade out again down the stretch.



One travel. Two travel. Three travel.



Wade's patented traveling spin move.



Here is 1 of the 5 phantom fouls posted on youtube. He basically elbowed Dirk in the face and was rewarded with two free throws.




If this isn't evidence of biased officiating, I dont know what is.

The officials reward Wade for basically just running into people with his elbows. Why do they reward the offensive player when he is the one initiating contact? What is the defender supposed to do? Where is he supposed to go?

Examples of Lebron's preferential treatment:


Are you kidding me?

Russian four-step anyone?

How pathetic.

Why call a travel and ruin a highlight play?

Kobe Vs Wade - Officiating:

It's funny because Wade gets the most preferential treatment , while kobe gets the least. He is flat out the most disrespected superstar player ever.

If kobe got the calls wade gets, he would average 15 FTA per game.

If your going to call those soft touch fouls and phantom calls for Wade, Bibby, and Magette, then kobe should get 2 free throws on every play.

Examples of Bias against Bryant:


Made by yours truly.

He just cannot buy a free throw.

How can they miss all those slaps and reaches?

Corruption at its best.

Say what?

Listen in as James Worthy tells the tale.


STATISTICAL EVIDENCE:

http://www.82games.com/fouldraw.htm


NBA OFFICIALS IN GENERAL:

NBA officials are the worst of any sport in America.

They are all old, senile and stubborn.

The officials dont get penalized for bad calls, and they fail to use replays during disputes.

Even if they know they made a bad call, rather than change the call, they will 'make up' for the call by giving an 'iffy' call to that respective team later in the game.

They refuse to call fouls in final seconds of a game, despite the fact that a foul in the last 30 seconds should be the same as a foul in the first quarter.

Two example of officials determining the outcome of a game:


Absolutely ridiculous.

How does Joe Crawford still have his job?

I did my part by e-mailing ronnie nun and making videos, but more fans should speak out. You should e-mail Ronnie Nunn or call David Stern and tell them you're against the officiating. I would suggest boycotting their products, but that is hard to do.

WHY DO WADE/LEBRON GET FAVORABLE CALLS AND PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT?

Simple....money, marketing, and profits.

Lebron and Wade do attack frequently, so I'm not saying all their calls are illicit.

BUT,

They dont have jumpshots....they are one-dimensional players that only get their points off of layups, dunks and free throws. They lack the skill of players like Kobe, Arenas, Tmac, Dirk, Melo that can create their own shot.

So, NBA decides to bail them out.

They (NBA, media, espn, nike, converse, etc) want Wade/LeBron to be leaders of NBA....so they boost their PPG, stats, and efficiency by doing this.


Forget Wade...WHY DOESN'T KOBE GET CALLS?

A couple of reasons:

Negative Aurora

They don't like him. It goes all the way back to the colorodo incident...So they treat him with disdain.

Stubbornness

Kobe is determined on getting a call sometimes, he is stubborn, he will keep attacking and he will force the ref to blow the whistle....but a lot of times, the officials are just as stubborn as he is and they too wont blow the whistle for the exact same reason.


Supreme Domination


Face it Kobe averaged 35.4 PPG on questionable officiating,in a season were he should have gotten more free throws.


In a league where David Stern is not allowing players to use their hands on defense, that would make in impossible to guard Kobe.

You cant guard Kobe with or without your,so blowing the whistle would simply be unfair. He is too good already, if they gave him calls...it would just be unfair.Inhuman domination.

ESPN ANALYST AGREES WADE GETS PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT:


SportsNation Chris Sheridan: (12:40 PM ET) "You're preaching to the choir here, Oliver. every single night D-Wade gets three gift whistles (which even LeBron and Kobe don't get) at a minimum, and one or two late whistles, too. He's treated as preferrentially as Jordan was at the peak of his game, and it is infuriating to watch (unless you're a Heat fan). And I say all that being one of the biggest D-Wade guys around, a Marquette grad even. But it's just plain unfair to see one guy get such special treatment. It takes away from the game."

PLAYERS AND COACHES THOUGHTS:

"He gets all the calls, that's what makes him special.'' - Gerald Wallace

"It's unbelievable what he gets away with.'' - Bob Hill

"I can't believe he has the audacity to complain to the refs, he should be grateful for what they've done for him in his career. He is what he is today because of them." - P.J. Brown

"He travels on that spin move. He picks up that pivot foot... everybody knows it. Dwayne Wade can cover so much ground when he makes that move. As you know, he can go 20 feet with that spin move and get to the basket." - Phil Jackson

"You can't do nothing to D-Wade," Wallace said. "If you say boogety-boogety-boo to him, that's a foul." - Rasheed Wallace


"You are an amazing player Dwayne. I love watching you shoot free throws." - Mark Cuban

Interviewer: "Was it a little ridiculous how Dwyane Wade
got all the calls?"

Tracy McGrady: "Yeah, yeah it really was. I'll tell you man, it
seems if you were watching that game, seemed like it was
rigged. Seriously. I know the NBA.... (cut off by
interviewer)."

Interviewer: "You just got fined (sarcastically)."

Tracy McGrady: "I don't care. So what? But yeah it seemed like it
was rigged. With all the calls he was getting. Jesus. Did
you hear me? We are talking about the NBA Finals, I wish
I could say I was just kidding, and that's what it seemed
like."

REACHING NEW HEIGHTS:

Wade scores 41 points on 9 made shots, (no 3 pointers).

http://sportsline.com/nba/gamecenter/boxscore/NBA_20070201_CLE@MIA

DOUBLE STANDARD:



Kobe recieved two unwarranted one-game suspensions for these "unnatural basketball acts." They deemed his intent was malicious. Since when does the league judge 'intentions' of players? Isn't God the only one that can do?


Yet none of these incidents recieved a suspension:


Clotheslines are natural acts?

In the begining of this video, D.Wade, M.Miller, J. Howard, and M. Dunleavy ALL took MALICIOUS hits at kobe, yet NONE were suspended even one game.


No suspension.

No suspension.

Brian Cook replicates Kobe's move one game after Kobe's suspension. No response from the league.

Dwyane Wade gets Preferential Treatment From Corrupted Official Tim Donaghy



With the game on the line, Wade drives the whole and gets another absolutely disgusting gift whistle - this time from Tim Donaghy. There was not even a hint of a foul, yet the officials try their best to help Dwyane Wade succeed

Meanwhile on the next play, Gerald Wallace gets hammered upside the head on his layup, yet no foul is called.

Here is the boxscore which confirms Donaghy's presence in the game: http://www.nba.com/games/20070408/CHAMIA/boxscore.html

After the call is made, all the players look to Donaghy's direction. This is just another fine example of double-standards, preferential treatment, bias and corruption in the NBA.

WHY SHOULD I CARE?

I personally do not like injustice. I just don't stand for it. I have come to see Dwyane Wade as a walking injustice. I just dont think he is a superstar without the help of officials.

As Martin Luther King said:

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."