Airing Out Grievances In The NBA
Since today is Festivus, the day we air out our grievances, I wanted to make a list of my grievances in the National Basketball Association.
Boston Celtics' forward Rasheed Wallace, center Kendrick Perkins, and the NBA officiating crew need to get their act together. Wallace and Perkins must refrain from getting upset over calls that go against them or their teammates.
Wallace has nine technical fouls and Perkins has eight. They are halfway from the magic number of 16, which is when players and coaches begin to serve one-game suspensions for each ensuing technical foul whistled against them.
Meanwhile, these officials target athletes such as Wallace and Perkins. The superstars (Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers) have showed up the officials before by running down the court after a call doesn’t go their way or saying things towards the officials, but the officials are more lenient towards handing them a technical. David Stern protects the NBA’s top revenue-generators, its delicate star system.
Speaking of James, he has to cut down on the showboating act. He is constantly dancing on the sidelines when the Cavaliers are blowing out their opponents.
There is a fine line between showboating and respecting the opponents. When the Orlando Magic bounced Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals, James skipped the postgame press conference and got a pass because he is the NBA's Golden Child.
Everyone can love his skills, but showing other players up is disrespectful.
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah should not be the one to say something towards James. All Noah did in college at the University of Florida was dance on the sidelines when the Gators would have one-sided victories.
Here is a memo to every NBA or college athlete: Stop with this foolishness and just play the games.
ESPN was discussing why Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade is struggling this year compared to the previous season last week. There is a very simple explanation.
Wade had an MVP-caliber season last year by carrying his team, but the rest of his cast were having great performances. Now, Wade's teammates are struggling and Wade cannot lead this team without some help.
It is early in the season and the Miami is a .500 team with Wade. They are 13-12 and they finished 43-39 in the 2008-09 season.
Wade has never been a great shooter, but he can drive and score inside the three-point arc.
Now, let's continue with the Holiday season. There are some great matchups on Christmas Day, including a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference Semifinals with the Celtics traveling to Orlando to take on the defending Eastern Conference champions Magic.
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