Curiosity Killed the TrailCat....
So the game against Golden State has raised a few questions in my mind. Infact, a couple of the Blazer losses this season have raised several questions in my mind in regards to who and what is running the NBA.
Question Number One: When does Brandon start getting the All-Star treatment that all the others seem to receive in terms of touch fouls. You would think that in terms of his ability, leadership, and squeaky clean image, he would be the poster child for an NBA league that SUPPOSEDLY "cares." Instead they glorify Big Mouth King James and (in my personal point of view) Guilty Kobe Bryant. Brandon seems to be the only star that truly has to earn his spot on the All-Star team year in and year out.
Question Number Two: Are we the catalysts for our own team losing on the road this year? The economy is down and arenas across the league, even those with winning teams are having a hard time selling their tickets. The NBA is missing out on a lot of money in marketing and sales. So, by being one of the only arenas in the league that will sell out regardless, because we truly love our team, are we the forgotten child? Has the NBA said to themselves "we need to help these teams win because if they win more, they will sell more tickets and more merchandise. The Blazers will be fine either way." Have teams like Golden State, teams in densely populated areas that aren't selling well, become the beneficiaries of intentional one sided officiating due to the NBA's financial concerns? Just a thought. There were several very obvious missed and botched calls during that game.
Question Number Three: If it isn't a matter of the NBA becoming similar to the WWE, then at what point do they look into the personal integrity of SOME of the officials? I am not going to say all the officials are crooked, becaus sometimes the officials believe that they can only call what they are in a position to see. However, I do think the NBA has a bigger problem than they want to see and needs to be more paranoid than the fans if they want to keep the image of the league intact.
Final Question: At what point does it stop being considered whining about the officials and start becoming Checks and Balances? Does it take a federal investigation of each official and all league office representatives? It doesn't take a man with 20/20 business sense to see that, whether it is legitimate mistakes, outside betting, or inside conspiracy, either way there is a problem with the league offiiciating.
From what I have heard, there is not a legitimate form of Checks and Balances in terms of the NBA and its officials. I've heard all about the Player/Coach grade sheets and about the league reviews, but I have never heard about officials being repremanded in any way shape or form. Instead, they have the unconditional support of the NBA executives. I also heard a report the other day that in terms of fines issued vs. fines collected, the NBA is one of the worst professional sports. The NBA often times, and especially with their stars, will issue a fine, publicise the fine, and then behind closed doors excuse it or diminish it. I can't imagine they could get away with this if they didn't allow negotiable repremands for the officials too.
I am not going to say all this, or any of this is true, but these are questions the league needs to understand are floating around the NBA. These are the skeletons that are hovering over their heads. I'm not going to say this is my conspiracy theory, but they are theories that are floating around. I'm not going to say I believe them, but the fact that they are out there should concern the NBA. Instead of deny, deny, deny, David Stern needs to find a way to get the fans back in his court by proof, proof, proof, and fix, fix, fixing the problems.
A word to Stern: you're a lawyer so let me put this to you in terms you can relate to. Right now, unfortunately, you and your league are the defendants. The logical NBA fans are the judge/jury, the vocal passionate fans are the District Attourney's office. Right now they are screaming and yelling and coming up with motives left and right and your officials are giving them probable cause. Granted, probable cause may not win the case in itself, but it is time for you to shut that door once and for all. Fix the problem and it can all go away, but right now, NOTHING has been done to address the real issue and almost every fan has lost faith that David Stern will do what is right. Rise above it David Stern, just ask the Blazers franchise. When you sacrifice morality for short term gains, you end up losing. But when you choose to do things the right way, the fans come back. Do what's right and the fans will come back to the arenas. Fix the problem, whatever it is.