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  1. Kim May 30, 2009 @ 6:09 pm

    I’m going to have to agree with you, as sad as it is. It hard to watch most NBA games these days. While I loved watching Jordan play, basically because I was a Bulls fan (like most people back then) I can’t stand the way the games are played now.

  2. Doug May 30, 2009 @ 6:11 pm

    It really seems like NBA games are starting to be show-off contests. It’s no longer about the team but rather about the best individual. It’s about who has the best dunk and the most points, even if their team loses. Team records don’t matter as much as individuals. It’s crazy.

  3. Kris May 30, 2009 @ 6:13 pm

    This is why I gave up on watching the NBA. I stick to college now. I’m not saying that you still don’t have some star-studded favoritism in college basketball, but it’s nothing compared to the NBA. They all seem stuck up and selfish to me.

  4. Rob May 30, 2009 @ 11:07 pm

    Well, Game 6 of the Magic/Cavs game was a different story. The calls the Cavs were getting all series long were non-calls tonight. The bad calls were less frequent, although slanted slightly against the Cavs (who were playing terrible and seemed to be playing desperate basketball), let the game play for fluidly, and it was a hell of a game to watch.

    Maybe thats a good sign leading into the Finals. There is hope!

Jordan-esque tendencies reappearing

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To those that watched and followed the NBA playoffs this year, one thing has become pretty obvious: the Jordan days seem to be back. I’m talking about the days when the home and visiting teams played by a certain set of rules and Jordan played by his own; days when fouls such as an offensive three-second violation didn’t apply, and when giving Jordan a funny look resulted in a personal foul.

Except Jordan has retired.

King James now has the gift.

As the ESPN stat sheet will show, rules for the Magic and Cavaliers (except for LeBron) are pretty similar. Both teams had players foul out, both had amazing and poorly played quarters, and, in general, both had decent parity. 

I think what’s been most overlooked about these stats, however, are the fouls and by who. This, I think, is a stat that deserves more attention. 

Far too many times the referees have shown preferential treatment for the superstar, basically awarding him free throws every time he sets foot on the Magic’s side of the court. I’m all for letting the players play and calling the calls that need to be made, but letting one player run free because he puts people in arena seats and makes the league money tends to ruin the spirit of the game, as well as the chance for small market teams to break out.

It’s so superstar skewed sometimes in the East, I think Kobe Bryant is wishing he were LeBron.

Rob @ May 29, 2009

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