Playoff basketball. A wonderful time of the year where the Goran Dragics of the world play like Magic Johnsons, and the LeBron James' of the world play like Kwame Brown.
Emotions come out during this time of the year; rivals fight, friends become enemies and again we realize the decibel level Stan Van Gundy could reach without being "wired."
But what we have seen so far is a total demoralization of certain players infringing upon barbarianism rather than participating in the age old game of hoops.
So far we have seen one flagrant foul, sixteen technical fouls, one ejection and one suspension. That is an average of two technical fouls per game.
Rajon Rondo bumped a referee. Tyson Chandler went after LeBron James with malicious intent. What has the game come to?
Do not get me wrong, I am all for rough games. I love to watch hockey (one of my fondest memories is sitting front row for the Florida Panthers and seeing a Minnesota Wild player have his face become one with the glass.) But in playoff basketball, when the crème de la crème come out and play their hearts out, displaying the highest level of basketball, and bringing joy to the basketball gods.
I do not see the joy in knocking the king out of the game. We all gasped when we saw the reigning MVP, Derrick Rose, being carried to the locker room with a torn ACL. Why give agony to this great sport by compromising the integrity of those great men who play and officiate it.
Did Rajon Rondo's "bump" warrant a suspension?
In addition, Metta World Peace is still serving his suspension for feeling playoff basketball a little bit early.
And in case it was not enough, Jordan Hill, one of the members of the L.A. Lakers' rotation is looking at a potential jail service of two to 10 years. I guess there was not enough intensity on the court for him.
It just does not make sense. In a time when all sports are being scrutinized for their injury protection, why doesn't a sport which does not suffer as much as others, refrain from trying their hardest to be mentioned in the argument.
I dream of a day when the NBA champion can be judged by the content of their basketball skill set, and not their "playoff" ball. (After watching the video, realize that the Spurs won the championship that year.)