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Is the NBA Fixed?

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Los Angeles must be a big market.  As I sit here watching Game 6 between the Jazz and the Lakers, it becomes more and more obvious that there are some NBA markets that are favored over others.  [I just watched Kobe Bryant kick Matt Harpring in the side while shooting a fall away.  Foul on Harpring.  Wow!]
The NBA has done an amazing job of keeping secret the communication between the NBA’s marketing executives and the fat, goofy bald guy (Joey Crawford ) and his buddies. [Kobe just ran over a firmly-planted Paul Milsap on his way to the basket.  Block on Milsap.  You're kidding me!]  I can name at least ten obvious calls in this game alone that would be definite causes for firing any official in a league where objectivity and fairness is the goal. 

Game 5 was worse.  Did anyone notice a travel by Ronnie Brewer on the fast break that would have given the Jazz their first lead in the third quarter?  I didn’t think so.  Apparently the zebra found it.  He must have better eyes than the rest of us.  How about Pau Gasol charging over Matt Harpring while he was imitating a statue?  Oh, all of you saw that?  Not the sucker standing right next to the play.  Apparently he had something else on his mind.

[A valiant Jazz effort just fell short.  I guess a three-point loss isn't too bad considering that there were 10-15 points given to the Lakers.]

A Foul is a Foul
There’s always talk about player’s having to earn the respect of the officials.  Marquee guys (Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, etc.) aren’t allowed to foul out, nor are defenses allowed to guard them closely.  We wouldn’t want jerseys sales to drop off, right?  That’s a farce.  A foul is a foul.  A no-call should be a no-call, regardless of who the player is, who the team is, or where the game is being played. After Game 5 of this series, Phil Jackson commented that the home team (he should have clarified a bit by referring to his home team) usually can expect a five- to ten-point advantage.  How is that an acceptable status quo in any professional league?

The NBA and the WWF
I remember watching professional wrestling when I was young enough not to know any better.  Even as a five-year-old it was pretty clear that, throughout the slamming, hair-pulling, screaming and everything else, the winner had been chosen beforehand.  It’s taking me a little longer now to understand the the NBA is that way too. 

So is the NBA fixed?  I wouldn’t say that.

The NBA is definitely broken!

Richard Robbins is the VP of Operations for Robbins Sports, a supplier of basketball uniforms, scoreboards, and other sporting goods.