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Is basketball a sport?

Posted: 5/25/2009 10:15 PM

Is basketball a sport? 


As I watch the NBA Playoffs, I hear the announcers say things like,

"In the playoffs, you don't call that foul."  (In other words, the rules are different in the playoffs.)

"They're letting them play tonight."  (In other words, the officials aren't calling fouls that they would normally call.)

"You won't get that call at this point in the game."  (In other words, the rules are different at the end of the game.)

Apparently, it's perfectly acceptable in basketball for the rules to change according to the time of the game, whether or not it's the playoffs, and even how the officials feel about calling fouls.

In football, the announcers would say, "The officials blew that call."  It's not that the basketball officials miss the correct calls that bothers me.  It's the fact that these mistakes seem to be a perfectly acceptable way to do things.  Why not just flip a coin at the tip-off and give the victory to the visitors if it's tails?
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Posted: 5/26/2009 10:27 PM

Re: Is basketball a sport? 


The NBA is completely unwatchable for me.
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Posted: 5/26/2009 11:49 PM

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The NBA has some issues with their officiating.  Unlike the NFL, NHL, and MLB, the NBA refuses to outsource the officiating for their games.  I'm really not sure why they do this, and as much as I don't want to believe that it's so that they can influence the outcome of a game or series, I'm getting to the point where I can't help it.  Either the NBA purposively employs the worst officiating talent in professional sports, or something fishy is going on.  It's simply inexplicable how the referees in the NBA are so bad.  There's been a lot of good suggestions for bringing the quality of officiating up, most notably from Mark Cuban.  Instead of following any of his suggestions, they usually just fine him whenever he speaks negatively of NBA officiating.

I don't really have any issues with fouls being called slightly different from game to game, or from the regular season to the postseason.  What I have a problem with is fouls being called differently at different points of the game.  Once the players adapt to how the refs are calling the game, the refs should stay consistent so the players get a fair shake.  When the nature of the calls start changing out of nowhere, the players start complaining, and rightfully so.  Unfortunately, what comes next is 2 hours of grown men looking like someone took away their cookie, along with 4 or 5 technicals.  It's ridiculous.

And it's really unfortunate, because right now the overall collection of talent in the NBA is greater than it's been since at least the 80's, if ever.  The league really is exciting to watch nowadays, just don't put a lot of stock into who's winning - the refs are.

Last edited 5/26/2009 11:51 PM by kNoctis

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