Well, the NBA got what it wanted. More Finals games. After the ludicrous ruling against Draymond Green, the Warriors ran out of gas without their 2 best defenders on the court, and faded to a game 5 loss. Of course this isn’t the first time these accusations have been floated. We all remember the ‘isolated case’ of Tim Donaghy, the ref with a gambling problem who was manipulating point spreads to the best of his officiating ability.
He of course laid the scenario that two other refs were in on the fix for Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference finals between the Laker and the Kings. I mean really, do you think the NBA wanted the Kings in the Finals? No. Surprisingly, the Lakers shot 21 free throws in the FOURTH QUARTER to the Kings three. Donaghy also said that “top executives of the NBA sought to manipulate games using referees”.
It also said that NBA officials would tell referees to not call technical fouls on certain players, and states that a referee was privately reprimanded by the league for ejecting a star player in the first quarter of a January 2000 game. Stern denied the accusations, calling Donaghy a “singing, cooperating witness”.
Donaghy may not be the most squeaky-clean guy in this mess, but the speed and obfuscation that which the NBA out forth to make this a ‘lone wolf’ scenario was pretty funny. Still feel a little badly for the Kings, who were screwed out of the chance to play in the Finals. My hope is that the Warriors don’t suffer the same fate. of getting screwed from a game and losing in the end. But it sure looks like the top brass in the NBA are actively skewing results to fit their liking.
Draymond isn’t innocent in all this, but then again teabagging someone on the court might garner a reaction from most players. Bron can go fuck himself. He wimped out and took it off the field of play.
Not much of a basketball fan anymore but I gotta admit these Warriors are fun to watch. When I was younger I was a big Warriors fan but over the years so much about the NBA turned me off and I guess I never recovered. I do hope we can pull this one out and stuff it down the Kings throat.
Same with me, Winder, but I’ve jumped on this bandwagon and I have no intention of getting off. I was a big fan during the Franklin Mieuli years, then again with Don Nelson and Run TMC. I saw quite a few games during the latter, since my job had free tickets.
Yeah I was a huge Nate Thurmond fan and was mad as hell when they traded him. Turns out Cliff Ray was the thing they needed but it still made me mad.
I’ve been waiting for decades for the ghost of the HOFers Robert Parish and (the draft pick that became) Kevin McHale-Joe Barry Carroll trade to be shot, strangled, drowned, buried and dug up again to be cremated.
2/5 of the Celtics starters for the next decade of championship banners came from that trade, 2/3 of what many believe was the best frontcourt in NBA history.
That trade was on par with the Herschel Walker trade, maybe worse. The Warriors actually got a low 1st rounder from that trade, in addition to JBC. Anybody remember him? Yeah, I didn’t think so.
The last two years have been my revenge. Next year will be for Mitch Ritchmond-Billy Owens. Then there’s Bernard King…
The Orlando Cepeda trade was pretty awful. As was the George foster trade. But yeah, Joe Barely Cares was a disaster of a trade and it ruined the team in the 80s.
George Foster for Frank Duffy? LOL, I STILL remember that one. Then we turned around and traded Duffy and Gaylord Perry for Sudden Sam McDowell. Then to add insult to injury, Duffy became a starter for the Indians for several years.
In sum, we gave up an MVP, a multiple Cy Young Award winner, and a minor starting shortstop. But we got Suddenly Out of Baseball Sam!
Sudden Sam was a drunkard. Bottoms up!
Lots to overcome for the Dubs on Sunday. They looked like shit tonight.
They can’t expect to win shooting contested 3’s. They need to start off attacking the basket and the 3s will come. Kerr HAS to get Thompson inside.
They didn’t show up in the 1st. In the 2nd, they’d cut the lead from 21 to 8, had ’em on the ropes, and Steph took about a 40 ft. three which totally changed the momentum of the game. The Cavs went on a run before halftime and the Warriors never recovered.
They really, really missed Bogut.
The NBA got what they wanted. Pfffffffft
Damn……it’s now game seven all or nothing.
If they don’t defend the paint and play D they’re finished.
I loved Stoneham for bringing the Giants our west but his last few years were terrible. Over the matter of a few years he basically gave away an all-star line up away.
Like all of us eventually he got old.
Yeah, the mid 70s had the Niners crashing and burning as the Morabito sisters lost interest in their 49ers, and Stoneham was warming to the possibility of moving the Giants. Both teams sucked hard.
The Dubs brought some joy to the area.
Lets hope the Dubs bring joy to their fans tonight.
Very good D in the first half. Draymond’s 3’s have carried the day so far. BS foul on Steph for his 3rd personal right before halftime evens it out a bit.
Keep up the D and count on the “other” guys (Steph and Klay are constantly doubled) and
BRING THIS ONE HOME!
OK, I’ve sufficiently recovered now.
Well, that sucked.
Good it’s over. Now we can concentrate on a sport that isn’t dictated by officials, clocks, whistles, fouls, free throws, superstar treatment, popularity and favoritism. A sport where the playing field is level and competition is fair. The AMERICAN Way. BASEBALLLLL!!! GO GIANTS AND 49ERS!!!!
The day after………BOO HOO!
The second day after……Booooo HOOOO!
New thread is up. Sorry, Nipper. This too shall pass.
KD. come on down!