The NBA Conspiracy Theory
Posted by Condo on June 13, 2007
These 2007 NBA Playoffs have been filled with many ‘unique’ twists and turns. First, there was the complete collapse by the Dallas Mavericks. The NBA’s best team in the regular season with 67 wins, falling in the first round to Golden State who had to win on the final day of the regular season just to get to 2 games over .500 and receive the #8 seed in the NBA playoffs. That marked only the 2nd time in the history of the NBA that a #1 seed had lost to a #8 seed, the first being in 1994 when the 63 win Seattle SuperSonics lost to the #8 seed Denver Nuggets in 5 games of a 5 game series.
Next, there was the defending champion Miami Heat, who not only lost in the first round of the playoffs, but were swept by the #5 seed Chicago Bulls in 4 games. Miami became the first defending champion in NBA history to be swept in the first round the following season.
Then there was LeBron James. After hearing all the criticism in the first two games of the Eastern Confrence Finals about how he needed to “step up his game” and lead his team if they wanted to beat the Pistons, he brought it. Especially in his historic Game 5 in Detroit where he scored the team’s final 25 points, and 29 of the final 30, to lead the Cavs to victory in Game 5, eventually closing the Pistons out in 6 games to lead the Cavaliers to their first ever NBA Finals.
And finally, there were the San Antonio Spurs. This leads into the NBA conspiracy theory in which I believe that the NBA is doing everything in their power to ensure that the San Antonio Spurs win the NBA championship. Ever since this incident (shown below), San Antonio has gotten every single break that they could possibly receive in these NBA playoffs.
That incident you see is Joey Crawford ejecting Tim Duncan from a late season game versus the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks eventually won the game and it killed San Antonio’s shot at stealing the #2 seed away from Phoenix and gaining homecourt advantage in the first 2 rounds of the playoffs. After the incident, Crawford was suspended from his duties as referee for the remainder of the season, including the playoffs, and may never return as an NBA referee. As for the Spurs, it’s my belief that David Stern and the NBA has decided since they felt the Spurs were “wronged” by the NBA and they are trying to make it “right” by doing everything possible to give them the NBA title.
Point number one. Game 1, Western Conference Semifinals in Phoenix. With the Suns down by a few points late in the game, Steve Nash and Tony Parker collide into each other giving Nash a bloody nose. Nash of course, by NBA rules, was not allowed to re-enter the game until the bleeding had stopped and had no blood on him. Somehow, miraculously the Suns medical staff was “unable” to stop the bleeding, keeping Nash from coming back into the game until it was too late, and the Spurs were able to steal game one in San Antonio. Maybe it’s me, but you’d think the medical staff would be able to stop the bleeding on a bloody nose a lot easier than they were able to that day for Nash. This might be a stretch, but somehow, I think the Stern wanted to make sure Nash couldn’t be in the game and the Spurs could win Game 1.
Point number two. Game 4, Western Conference Semifinals in San Antonio. Late in the 4th quarter with the game already in hand for Phoenix, Nash caught an inbounds pass and started pushing up the floor to run the clock and avoid being fouled. “Cheap Shot” Robert Horry body checked Nash into the scorers table and then flailed his arm at Raja Bell. During that time, Suns players Amare Stoudemire and Boris Diaw went running over towards Nash and the “altercation.” NBA rules, of course, state that if a player leaves the bench during an altercation, they are suspended for one game. It is however, a judgement call made by the commissioner’s office, and given the situation, they could have chosen to do the right thing and not suspend Stoudemire or Diaw. But of course, they decided to suspend both for one game and only suspended Horry for 2 games.
This basically was the NBA’s way of saying, cheapshots are OK. The other thing I find ironic, is earlier in that game, there was an incident where Francisco Elson of the Spurs, after a dunk, came down on a Suns player and the Suns player appeared to be trying to start something with Elson. When that happened, Duncan got off the bench and stepped onto the floor, and Bowen, knowing the rule, got up and grabbed Duncan and brought him back to the bench. So if the commissioner was trying to stick to ‘the letter of the law’ he would have suspended Duncan and Bowen as well. Instead, they ruled that it was not an altercation therefore neither one did anything wrong. Give me a break, that’s just the conspiracy theory at its most obvious point. This of course led to the Suns losing Game 5 and eventually the series to the Spurs in 6 games.
And now point three. In these NBA Finals, LeBron has not gotten foul calls, which is typical of how the entire playoffs have been for him, but it has not kept him from attacking the hoop and doing his thing in the other three playoff series. But in these first three games versus the Spurs, LeBron has been EXTREMELY passive and not trying to go the hoop at all. Is it possible that David Stern let LeBron know that his time is not now and that the Spurs have to win this title, and promised him more titles in the future? I know that it’s a stretch, but I believe it’s a foregone conclusion that the Cavs will be back to the finals again with LeBron and I can’t remember a superstar of LeBron’s level taking so many awful shots and not attacking the hoop with the same abandon he had done in the rest of the playoffs along with his passive play. He doesn’t seem to have the same drive and desire in these NBA Finals that he had in the Eastern Conference Finals and sure, you could attribute it to lack of Finals experience or fatigue, but you didn’t see D-Wade display this type passiveness in his first NBA Finals, or Michael Jordan before him, and it just makes me wonder if David Stern doesn’t have something to do with it.
Let’s face it, the Spurs have gotten quite a few bounces in their favor, not to mention getting a majority of the calls on flops, no calls, travels, etcetera. Manu ‘Flop’obili has been in rare form with the flopping in these playoffs looking like a World Cup soccer star, Tony Parker is taking 5 steps to the hoop on nearly every drive to the basket and not getting called for travelling, and Duncan has gotten away with his share of fouls and gotten his share of calls on the offensive end as well.
Some people say it’s just a fortunate occurance of events for the Spurs, but I believe it’s a David Stern NBA conspiracy theory. Just as I believe last years NBA Finals were a conspiracy as well with all of the foul calls that Wade got in the final 4 games of the series. Keep this up NBA and you will start drawing ratings of 0.1 for your NBA Finals games. Hope you are happy Mr. Stern.
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