NBA Referee Conspiracy Theories: All Said and Done?

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer IMay 31, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 19:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers greets Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers after Kobe injures his hand during the first quarter at Staples Center on January 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Most NBA conspiracy theories were based around the suspicion of the officials and their calls for the superstars of the league.

While superstars have gotten the "playoff calls" seemingly since the beginning of basketball, I have to say, during game six for Cleveland and games five and six for LA, the referees really let the teams play true basketball.

LeBron James rarely attacked the hoop during game six (although he stated that he would go after D-Howard and force him to get into foul trouble early on in the game).

When James did take the ball to the rack, he quickly drew contact, but did not get many whistles, unlike in every other game during the Eastern Conference Finals.

The same went for Kobe Bryant during the last two games of the Western Conference Finals. Bryant was literally getting beat up throughout both games and not many ticky tack fouls were called for him.

So my question is, are the referee conspiracy theories all said and done?

After all the publicity of the MVP (most valuable puppets) commercials, the vitamin water (No. 23 vs. No. 24) commercials, and NBA Analysts constantly predicting the best two players in the league were to finally go at it, at the end of the day, LeBron James will  not be facing Kobe Bryant in the NBA Finals.

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What do YOU have to say about this?

Did the NBA really "attempt" to make the fantasy finals matchup that most fans wanted to see come to reality?

I think not. The referees changed their outlook after game five for both conferences and really let the athletes play basketball, just like they should have all postseason long.

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