Your 2013 Lakers Playoff Conspiracy Video Is Here and It's Pretty Damaging
Don't worry, Lakers fans. The NBA referees have this one.
Some of you might be struck with a funny feeling, one that may hinder your enjoyment of the final games of the 2012-13 regular season. Those Lakers seem to be getting a lot of calls recently.
No, it's not just you, because we now have a conspiracy video courtesy of a frustrated denizen over at Reddit.
The video starts out with Bill Simmons discussing how the Lakers should be safe from getting the playoff axe. It then continues with play after play of the Lakers getting some mighty suspicious calls.
Now, for full disclosure, I grew up a die-hard Lakers fan and have no qualms in being a homer in any fashion. Still, watching the last couple months of basketball has been fairly awkward on this end.
I remember growing up and letting my little brother take the heat for any trouble I may have caused. When I got away with it, I would slink off and keep my mouth shut.
That's pretty much how the season has gone for me, looking the other way and keeping my mouth shut.
This isn't the first time the Lakers have been on the fortunate side of a conspiracy theory. Former NBA official Tim Donaghy famously alleged the 2002 playoff series between the Kings and Lakers saw Los Angeles get favorable calls in Game 6.
To be fair, a couple of these games, against the Mavericks and Nuggets, were from late February. Being an avid NBA fan, I can tell you that it wouldn't be impossible to cherry pick any team's schedule and look for suspicious calls.
NBA refs, more than most sports officials, are prone to capricious calls that make little sense to fans.
Still, a battered Lakers team that has gone 5-5 over the last 10 games is barely holding onto hope for the last playoff spot in the West.
Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash are hobbled at the moment, Metta World Peace is out for the regular season and Mike D'Antoni still has no clue how to properly use Pau Gasol.
Still, you have to like their chances, especially after watching this video.
Hit me up on Twitter and we can fight about it.
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