The 2009 NBA Playoffs' Top Five Headlines

D.Michael LeeSenior Analyst IMay 15, 2009

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There’s no NBA Basketball Friday or Saturday, so we will have plenty of time to preview Game 7 of the Lakers/Rockets and Celtics/Magic over the weekend.

For now, I wanted to take the time to review some of the very interesting sights and sounds that we have seen in the 2009 NBA Playoffs already. Check out the top five...

5. The Officiating in this Postseason Has (Generally) Been Inconsistent

How many times have you personally been sitting in front of ESPN and TNT this week alone, and yelled at the TV, when a foul was called, or not called?

Last night alone, while checking out the Celtics/Magic game, there were 13 instances I marked down that were just bad calls or no-calls. For those following us on Twitter, they shared in the grief.

4. Owners Have No Place on the Court During a Playoff Series

If we have learned anything from this entire Kenyon Martin-Mark Cuban saga, it is that billionaire owners should be watching this game in the luxury boxes with the corporate sponsors and other dignitaries they have brought in to impress.

During the heat of a highly contested NBA Playoff game, owners forget they are owners, and turn into fans. Fans sometimes say and do dumb things, and think they have the license to do it because they bought a ticket. Don’t believe me? Let me remind you.

3. Does Anyone Believe Any of these Apologizes We Have Heard Over the Last Week?

Public relations firms must have been working overtime this week in the NBA, because all I heard every time I turned on SportsCenter or The NBA Network was a story about someone apologizing for something. These are the ones I remember:

  • Dwight Howard apologizing to coach Stan Van Gundy for calling him out after Game 5 loss.
  • Mark Cuban apologizing to Kenyon Martin’s mother via his blog for calling her son a thug.
  • Glen Davis apologizing to a kid who he barely touched after winning Game 4.
  • The father of the kid (Ernest Provetti), apologizes to Glen Davis after calling Glen Davis an “enraged animal” to the media after he barely touched his kid.

  • That was just this week alone. That is a lot of people being sorry. I would rather people were honest, and while some of these might be legit, I think most were done for damage control of their public image. Don’t be sorry, be better next time.

    2. The Los Angeles Lakers Are the Biggest Enigma in the League

    The Lakers can go from losing by 39, to winning by 40, to losing by 15 and never leading in a potential close-out game. This is against a Houston Rockets team without Yao Ming, Tracy McGrady, or Dikembe Mutombo.

    As a Laker apologist most of the year, I gave them the benefit of the doubt, and said that it was only a matter of time before they would flip the switch and become that dominant team everyone expected them to be.

    Well, it is May 15, and I am still waiting.

    The Denver Nuggets will be an even tougher matchup for the Lakers than Houston, so before the league starts running those pre-cut Lakers vs. Cavs “where amazing happens” commercials, they better make sure the Lakers portion of the tape does not have to get edited out.


    1. The Playoffs Has Introduced Us to New Stars

    This postseason has been the coming out party of casual basketball fans for players like Aaron Brooks, Von Wafer, Linas Kleza, Delonte West, Rajon Rondo, and Glen Davis.

    That is what I love about the playoffs. While the NBA regular season is a seven month marathon of ups and downs, the playoffs condense that drama to a game-by-game reality tv series, which has more drama than a good CSI episode.

    As we get a chance to catch our collective breath for a few days, take time to reflect on what we already have seen, and know the best is yet to come.


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