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Roy Tucker
06-09-2006, 12:38 PM
I care about the NBA Finals. But I don't think anyone else does.

Mavs up 1-0. They look just too athletic for the Heat. Shaq is running on fumes. Wade gets too banged up.

The Heat will win a couple games in Miami where the refs give them every call. But I don't see them winning it. Too bad, I like Shaq.

Dirk is tempting fate by getting a haircut after his killer 50 points in the last Mavs/Suns game.

dabvu2498
06-09-2006, 12:55 PM
Mav's in 6.

The "Italian" (that's what Shaq-Fu called him) goes down.

HotCorner
06-09-2006, 01:05 PM
I'm loving this postseason because I'm a Mavs fan. They came oh so close to getting to the Finals in the late '80's but could never get past the Lakers. The '90's were embarrasing but since Mark Cuban became the owner he has turned the Mavs into a first class organization.

The Mavs are too deep, too fast and too athletic for the Heat. Mavs in 6.

Watch out for a HUGE game from Dirk in game 2.

captainmorgan07
06-09-2006, 01:25 PM
mavs in 6 nobody can guard dirk from miami haslem to short posey he will take in the post jason williams cannot guard jason terry josh howard is to athletic for twan who has become infatuated witht eh 3 again 3-9 last nite shaq and wade don't have enough help mavs to deep avery johnson has become a good coach to much for teh heat

Unassisted
06-09-2006, 01:28 PM
I stopped caring about and watching this year's playoffs after the Mavs upset the Spurs in the semifinal round. The Mavs are a more balanced team and stronger defensively than any team in the East. If nobody from the Mavs sits out a game for any reason, I'll say Mavs in 5.

Roy Tucker
06-09-2006, 01:35 PM
I stopped caring about and watching this year's playoffs after the Mavs upset the Spurs in the semifinal round. The Mavs are a more balanced team and stronger defensively than any team in the East. If nobody from the Mavs sits out a game for any reason, I'll say Mavs in 5.
That Spurs/Mavs series was a classic and worthy of the conference finals.

Overall, the NBA playoffs have just been stellar this year.

15fan
06-09-2006, 01:37 PM
Go Josh Howard.

(And to think - the Spurs coulda picked him and teamed him with Timmy D...)

KronoRed
06-09-2006, 03:14 PM
I'm not really paying much attention but it's nice to see 2 teams who have never been before fighting it out

Roy Tucker
06-09-2006, 03:21 PM
Bill Simmons weighs in on the NBA Finals... http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/060608

I like his karma comments.

RANDY IN INDY
06-09-2006, 03:21 PM
My attitude about the NBA has pretty much been "Who Cares" for a long time. I just don't like the style of basketball that they play. Glorified street ball.

HotCorner
06-09-2006, 04:12 PM
My attitude about the NBA has pretty much been "Who Cares" for a long time. I just don't like the style of basketball that they play. Glorified street ball.

Apparently you haven't watched recently. I was turned off to the NBA in general until a couple of years ago. The play has gotten a lot better.

Unassisted
06-09-2006, 04:53 PM
Apparently you haven't watched recently. I was turned off to the NBA in general until a couple of years ago. The play has gotten a lot better.'Tis true. I didn't watch the NBA from ~1987-2002. During that time, many teams in the league apparently discovered the value of defense. ;)

dabvu2498
06-09-2006, 04:55 PM
I agree whole heartedly. The best TEAMS have won the last few series, too. This year has been fun.

Roy Tucker
06-09-2006, 04:55 PM
Apparently you haven't watched recently. I was turned off to the NBA in general until a couple of years ago. The play has gotten a lot better.
I agree totally. You should really give it another shot Randy. With all the rule changes about hand checking, etc., they've really opened up the game and made it much more enjoyable.

Heck, they even call travelling and palming the ball now.

creek14
06-13-2006, 08:14 AM
I have spent three of the last four weeks in Dallas on business.

I've liked the Mavs for a while - since the Nash days. I love Mark Cuban.

And after being in the middle of the frenzy for those weeks, I am really pulling for the Mavs now.

I almost brought creek jr a Dirk jersey home. So glad I didn't!! (see the Roethlisberger thread for the reason why)

Roy Tucker
06-14-2006, 10:04 AM
Heat makes a big comeback to make a series of it (kinda sorta).

Wade gets every call from the refs to shoot a bazillion free throws. I figured this would happen down in Miami.

Heat play well the first half, Mavs blow their doors off in the 3rd quarter, and the Heat look deader than a doornail down 13 with about 6 minutes left. But this is the NBA and the team that *has* to win the game usually does.

Shaq clanks in a couple crucial free throws. Payton makes a huge shot. Dirk very uncharacteristically misses a crucial FT with about 3 seconds left. Must have been thinking about the World Cup. Wade makes a great defensive play on the last shot lob pass.

The series might go 6 games, but I still don't see the Heat winning it. They got lucky last night.

dabvu2498
06-14-2006, 10:24 AM
Memo to the Heat: Play some D before the 4th quarter.

Roy Tucker
06-16-2006, 10:47 AM
Jeeper socks, the Mavs play like a day-old turd and get blown out in Miami.

Series is tied 2-2. Wow, things have turned around. Shades of '77 Blazers-Sixers.

Dirk gets beat up and then goes MIA. Wade continues to be Superman and Shaq is playing a like a player 5 years younger.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Stackhouse suspended for a game for his strong-safety-blindside hit on Shaq.

My Mavs-in-a-laugher prediction is looking mighty lousy these days. Mavs need to make a statement in game 5.

dabvu2498
06-19-2006, 12:18 PM
Mavs make no ststement in Game 5, but the officials sure did. The statement was "This series needs to go 7 games."

Roy Tucker
06-19-2006, 12:32 PM
Yeah, I'm not a Mavs fan but I see their point. Home cooking at its best. Seemed that the refs had different rules for Wade. He gets sneezed on and they call a foul. 25 free throws, jeez.

Avery Johnson looked like he was going to have a brain hemorrage.

It'll go 7. But my predictions have been horrible so who knows.

pedro
06-19-2006, 12:40 PM
Shaq couldn't buy a free throw last night.

DropDocK
06-19-2006, 12:48 PM
I wasn't going to watch after the Mavs took out the Spurs. San Antonio has always been my team since I discovered David Robinson.

That said, I've caught a bit of every game and have been throughly entertained. I'd like to root for Dallas but maybe another year, one in which they don't knock the Spurs out. D-Wade is everything I expected him to be since he laid it to UC while he was at Marquette.

Josh Howard should know better than that, signaling the alleged timeout at the end. The replay didn't back up the refs statement. Hopefully he learned and Jason Terry or Dirk will make that call next time, if needed. That ruined the end of the game for me since the last foul on Wade was ticky but he earned it by driving the lane all night.

dabvu2498
06-19-2006, 01:46 PM
The thing that was interesting was that Howard, himself, didn't protest the TO/no-TO issue at all... his facial expression gave him away as a kid who screwed up.

Chip R
06-19-2006, 02:33 PM
The thing that was interesting was that Howard, himself, didn't protest the TO/no-TO issue at all... his facial expression gave him away as a kid who screwed up.

Before that time out was called, they showed Avery on the sidelines signaling for a time out. Howard probably was confused and thought he wanted a time out then. If having the ball at half court was so important, why didn't the Mavs just call another TO and have Miami shoot a technical. Unless the rules have changed recently, the Mavs would have got the ball back at half court after the shot. The may of may not have been down by 2 but it might have been a better result than what happened.

dabvu2498
06-19-2006, 03:08 PM
If having the ball at half court was so important, why didn't the Mavs just call another TO and have Miami shoot a technical. Unless the rules have changed recently, the Mavs would have got the ball back at half court after the shot. The may of may not have been down by 2 but it might have been a better result than what happened.
That is a great question. However, I believe that the TO would not have been granted because the Mavs didn't have one left. It would have been shoot the technical and then the Mavs still would have had the length of the floor to go. I'll check the NBA rule book on that one.

Edit: According to Rule 12, Section 1, the Heat would have shot a FT and been awarded the ball.

RULE NO. 12—FOULS
AND PENALTIES
A.Technical Foul
Section I—Excessive Timeouts
a. Requests for a timeout in excess of
the authorized number shall be granted
and a technical foul shall be assessed.
Following the timeout and free throw
attempt, the ball will be awarded to the
team which shot the free throw and
play shall resume with a throw-in
nearest the spot where play was
interrupted.

Roy Tucker
06-19-2006, 03:46 PM
If having the ball at half court was so important, why didn't the Mavs just call another TO and have Miami shoot a technical. Unless the rules have changed recently, the Mavs would have got the ball back at half court after the shot. The may of may not have been down by 2 but it might have been a better result than what happened.
I think the NBA closed up those loopholes way back when after the '76 (?) Suns-Celtics finals when Gar Heard made the game-tying jumper after a no-timeout timeout technical that gave some advantage to the Suns and saved their bacon in that triple overtime game.

Chip R
06-19-2006, 03:49 PM
That is a great question. However, I believe that the TO would not have been granted because the Mavs didn't have one left. It would have been shoot the technical and then the Mavs still would have had the length of the floor to go. I'll check the NBA rule book on that one.

Edit: According to Rule 12, Section 1, the Heat would have shot a FT and been awarded the ball.

RULE NO. 12—FOULS
AND PENALTIES
A.Technical Foul
Section I—Excessive Timeouts
a. Requests for a timeout in excess of
the authorized number shall be granted
and a technical foul shall be assessed.
Following the timeout and free throw
attempt, the ball will be awarded to the
team which shot the free throw and
play shall resume with a throw-in
nearest the spot where play was
interrupted.

Thanks for the clarification. Roy must be right about them closing that loophole after that Suns Celtics series. I actually remember watching that game and rooting for the Celtics. Probably the best game I ever saw.

Fil3232
06-19-2006, 06:18 PM
Yeah, I'm not a Mavs fan but I see their point. Home cooking at its best. Seemed that the refs had different rules for Wade. He gets sneezed on and they call a foul. 25 free throws, jeez.

Avery Johnson looked like he was going to have a brain hemorrage.

It'll go 7. But my predictions have been horrible so who knows.

The Heat are near unbeatable when the refs decide to call the game close, because no one can stop D Wade from getting into the lane and to the rim.

That said, I agree that this game will go seven because I see the refs not giving Wade as many calls in Dallas.

I don't want to say there is a conspiracy, but the fact the Heat looked absolutely dead after two games in Dallas coupled with a slight adjustment by the refs in how the game is to be called is awfully suspicious.

I'll take the Mavs in seven. (Unless Wade REALLY goes all MJ in one of these last two games.)

Mutaman
06-20-2006, 12:32 AM
From what I've seen of Wade, if he doesn't get the calls, he'll just figure out some other way to win.

Roy Tucker
06-20-2006, 08:40 AM
Yep, Wade is a heckuva player. I don't doubt he'll give it his all.

You have to hand it to him, he did keep on taking it to the hoop to get all of those free throws. With Dirk, he was getting the free throws as well, but the Heat started truly punishing him for doing so and he stopped driving to the hoop for a while. He got pretty beat up. But the NBA is a superstar league and the refs give the calls to the superstars. It's been that way for years. LeBron started getting those calls this playoff season. You see Steve Nash get them all the time.

I will be truly surprised if the Heat win game 6. I think the Mavs will come out with a vengence. It's their own fault they let game 5 stay as close as they did. They had plenty of opportunities to salt the game away. But in the end, I thought they got screwed. So they'll use that as fuel for game 6 and I predict a blowout win for the Mavs.

But game 7 is a toss-up in my mind.

dabvu2498
06-20-2006, 09:32 AM
Consipracy alert:
Game Seven of the NBA Finals is the only game of the season not predetermined by David Stern.

redsfanmia
06-20-2006, 10:36 AM
I dont have a thread but a reporter from Miami wrote in his column that Mark Cuban yelled at David Stern "your league is rigged" along with a few other choice words. I think that the NBA is such a joke. I know this is stupid but I think that the league not only prefers the large market teams/superstars win the championships. I have seen the phantom calls year after year as a Pacer fan in the eastern coference finals and now am witnessing the same things in the finals against Dallas. The league is a joke and is as valid as the WWE.

Roy Tucker
06-20-2006, 01:28 PM
Bill Simmons is fired up about the NBA Finals...

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/060620

(I'd cut and paste but its pretty long)

Mutaman
06-20-2006, 03:01 PM
I dont have a thread but a reporter from Miami wrote in his column that Mark Cuban yelled at David Stern "your league is rigged" along with a few other choice words. I think that the NBA is such a joke. I know this is stupid but I think that the league not only prefers the large market teams/superstars win the championships. I have seen the phantom calls year after year as a Pacer fan in the eastern coference finals and now am witnessing the same things in the finals against Dallas. The league is a joke and is as valid as the WWE.

Yeah right. David Stern has kept Indiana from winning the Championship all of these years. And San Antonio is a "large market" team. And Detroit has lots of superstars. And the moon landing took place in a TV studio. Sour grapes supported by no facts.

And it wasn't a "phantom call", the foul was just called on the wrong guy.

http://espn-att.starwave.com/photo/2006/0618/nba_g_wade2_412.jpg

Matt700wlw
06-20-2006, 03:07 PM
I'm not real big on the NBA...but that Dwyane Wade is something else!

redsfanmia
06-20-2006, 03:29 PM
Yeah right. David Stern has kept Indiana from winning the Championship all of these years. And San Antonio is a "large market" team. And Detroit has lots of superstars. And the moon landing took place in a TV studio. Sour grapes supported by no facts.

And it wasn't a "phantom call", the foul was just called on the wrong guy.

http://espn-att.starwave.com/photo/2006/0618/nba_g_wade2_412.jpg
Detroit is a large market and San Antonio has superstars. A small market team can win the championship if they have superstars. Its just my theory and if you watched the eastern conference finals as a Pacer fan against the Knicks twice and the Bulls once and witnessed the one sided officiating and witnessed the dog eared corner lottery selection the year that Ewing was the top pick you too would have concerns.

HotCorner
06-20-2006, 03:48 PM
And it wasn't a "phantom call", the foul was just called on the wrong guy.

http://espn-att.starwave.com/photo/2006/0618/nba_g_wade2_412.jpg

That's a deceiving angle. He was not hit by anyone. But you are right, they did call the foul on the wrong player. Did you see Wade push Jason Terry to the ground?

What amazes me the most about that play was two referees with perfect position under the net did not make the call but rather the trailing referee who was at mid-court!

Roy Tucker
06-20-2006, 04:12 PM
Fron Simmons' article:

Speaking of the refs, Game 5 of the Finals took its rightful place alongside Game 7 of the Seattle-Phoenix series in 1993, Game 6 of the Kings-Lakers series in 2002, Game 5 of the Knicks-Celtics series in 1973 and some of the other famous entries in the Pantheon of One-Sided Officiated Games. We're running some e-mails in a sidebar (look to the right), but you know it's bad when the owner of the losing team runs out onto the floor to stare down the commissioner after the game -- the last time that happened at a sporting event, Vince McMahon was involved.

(FYI: In today's Miami Herald, Greg Cote writes that Cuban was screaming profanely at referee Joe DeRosa right after the game, "then turned to Stern and other NBA officials who were seated at the scorer's table and was overheard to shout venomously in the jubilant din, '[Bleep] you! [Bleep] you! Your league is rigged!'" Remember when I wrote that, on a scale of 1-to-10 about being excited for the moment when Stern handed Cuban the trophy, I was a 35? Now I'm a 72. Although Cuban did deny saying this on his blog.)

I tackled this in a Cowbell blog last year, but it's worth rehashing again: The NBA doesn't fix games. That's impossible. And stupid. It could never happen. (Well, except for the Hubert Davis game -- that was fixed. Just kidding. Kind of.) A few months ago, I looked David Stern in the eye and asked him about the ongoing officiating problems, and he seemed agonized enough about it that I actually believed him. Unless he was pulling a DeNiro-level acting performance on me. Which I doubt. But there are three major problems here.

First, Dwyane Wade shot as many free throws (25) as the entire Dallas team in Game 5. I just don't see how there's any way this can happen in a fairly-called game. It's theoretically impossible.

Second, everyone knew the officiating would be a problem heading into this series because of Cuban's past problems with the league. In my Finals preview, I wrote that "No team depends on the refs quite like the Heat. When the refs are calling all the bumps on Shaq and protecting Wade on every drive, they're unstoppable. When they're calling everything fairly, they're eminently beatable. If they're not getting any calls, they're just about hopeless. I could see the refs swinging two games in Miami's favor during this series, possibly three. In fact, I'm already depressed about it and the series hasn't even started yet." Well, we had our two games -- Game 3 (the last five minutes were just obscene) and Game 5 (again, a top-five debacle). And the series isn't over yet.

Third, here's a theory on referees that I described in a blog last spring:

"I don't think the NBA fixes games, but they have one trick that they use for situations like this -- when they want a home team to win the game, they invariably assign the worst referees possible to that game for two reasons: Bad referees have a tendency to get swayed by the home crowd, and bad referees never have the stones to make a tough call on the road. In a related story, I went to 35 Clippers games this year and kept a list of the referees in my pocket which I also used to follow the referees for any televised games. And yes, the referees in the NBA -- as a whole -- have never been worse. But there were six referees that stuck out as being especially terrible."

Then I went on to list the worst six referees. Here was No. 2 on the list:

"2. Bennett Salvatore -- Always one of the worst, he took it to another level this season. If you see him on the court at the start of the game, get ready for about six technicals, two near-brawls and both coaches having to be restrained by their assistants at various times."

Why is this relevant? Not only did Salvatore officiate Game 4 of the Suns-Lakers series (the one where Kobe tied it at the end of regulation and won it at the end of OT on two shaky non-calls on Nash, both by Salvatore), not only did Salvatore officiate Sunday night's Game 5 (in which Miami had a 40-12 free-throw advantage at one point), but Salvatore called the foul on Wade's final drive in overtime (remember, the call where ABC couldn't find a replay to show that anyone touched him?) even though he was standing at midcourt a full 35-40 feet from the play, and even though two other refs were closer to the play. Not only was that NOT his call, he butchered it.

Considering I brought this up LAST spring, do you find any of this a little strange? Why aren't the best referees calling these games? Why do the worst ones always seem to get assigned to games in which it would be better for the league if the home team won? Why am I the only one who notices this stuff or seems to care? Why do I find myself watching these games and concentrating more on the one-sided officiating than some of Wade's spectacular plays? As my buddy House e-mailed on Monday morning: "I don't think I can take much more of NBA refs insisting on controlling the outcomes of the most significant games. The NBA is a disgrace and should be completely embarrassed. I hate this game."

And that's coming from one of the last 19 NBA diehards -- I can only imagine what the casual fans thought after watching such a one-sided travesty. Look, we all love Dwyane Wade. He's fantastic. But there's absolutely no scenario in which a 2-guard should be attempting as many free throws as everyone on the other team. It's absolutely unfathomable. And here's what really kills me: If there's a Game 7, you KNOW they'll come up with the best possible officials for that particular game. So why wouldn't every Finals game work like that? We have seven possible games spread over 17 days ... they couldn't pick the best three or four refs and have them work every game, like how MLB picks the best seven umps to comprise the World Series crew? Why wouldn't that work? Is there a single reason you can come up with? Arrrrrrrrgh.

Unassisted
06-20-2006, 05:23 PM
(FYI: In today's Miami Herald, Greg Cote writes that Cuban was screaming profanely at referee Joe DeRosa right after the game, "then turned to Stern and other NBA officials who were seated at the scorer's table and was overheard to shout venomously in the jubilant din, '[Bleep] you! [Bleep] you! Your league is rigged!'" Remember when I wrote that, on a scale of 1-to-10 about being excited for the moment when Stern handed Cuban the trophy, I was a 35? Now I'm a 72. Although Cuban did deny saying this on his blog.)I heard on the radio that Cuban was fined $250,000 by the league for whatever it is that he said or didn't say.

The NBA has some really bad refs. Nobody in San Antonio likes to see Dick Bavetta or Jack Nies officiating a game that the Spurs are playing in.

Mutaman
06-20-2006, 10:18 PM
Detroit is a large market and San Antonio has superstars. A small market team can win the championship if they have superstars. Its just my theory and if you watched the eastern conference finals as a Pacer fan against the Knicks twice and the Bulls once and witnessed the one sided officiating and witnessed the dog eared corner lottery selection the year that Ewing was the top pick you too would have concerns.


What a theory! How could I have missed it? So who was Sturn rooting for last year when the small market team with superstars played the large market team with no superstars? And who is he rooting for this year with two mid-market teams, both with superstars? And the Knicks won how many championships with Ewing? You would think with the rigged lottery pick and the biased officiating and Riley coaching, they could have pulled off at least one win.

Mutaman
06-20-2006, 10:20 PM
That's a deceiving angle. He was not hit by anyone. But you are right, they did call the foul on the wrong player. Did you see Wade push Jason Terry to the ground?

Do you have any photographic evidence from a "non-deceiving angle? When you grab a guy's arm, its a foul from any angle.

dabvu2498
06-20-2006, 10:22 PM
I don't think they pick winners, I just think they pick the number of games that will be played.

Mutaman
06-20-2006, 10:30 PM
I don't think they pick winners, I just think they pick the number of games that will be played.

So how many did "they" pick this year, six or seven? I can still email Pinnacle before the second half starts.

RBA
06-21-2006, 08:32 AM
The Heat won, just to bring closure to this thread.

RBA
06-21-2006, 08:46 AM
I just watched this video the the Dallas fans. I liked the contrast of the Adults blaming the refs and the kids sounding like the mature ones.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/VideoPlayer/videoPlayer.php?vidId=71868&catId=342

Roy Tucker
06-21-2006, 08:51 AM
So much for my game 6 prediction. Congrats to the Heat, they earned it.

As long as the Heat stayed away from turnovers, Riley seemed to have a defensive mix that Johnson couldn't solve. They took away Nowitski and the Mavs were left with Howard, Terry, and Stackhouse trying to pick up the slack.

And Wade just killed the Mavs on any man-to-man defense. Nobody could stop him. The Mavs would try a zone which would work for a while, but then the Heat would make adjustments.

dabvu2498
06-21-2006, 08:53 AM
I am happy for Riley. He's caught a bad rap as a game coach -- I thought this may have been his best effort yet. Did you guys see the bowl that he had in their locker room?

redsfanmia
06-21-2006, 09:56 AM
What a theory! How could I have missed it? So who was Sturn rooting for last year when the small market team with superstars played the large market team with no superstars? And who is he rooting for this year with two mid-market teams, both with superstars? And the Knicks won how many championships with Ewing? You would think with the rigged lottery pick and the biased officiating and Riley coaching, they could have pulled off at least one win.
Stern didnt care who won last year because he had both formulas in the finals. Do you watch NBA games? Have you seen the way they are officiated? Notice whistles when teams go on runs and starts to pull away notice how superstars are officiated. The Knicks went to 2 finals they had no business going to and ran into better teams with superstars on them, its all there man just open your eyes.

RedsBaron
06-21-2006, 10:07 AM
I'm not a big NBA fan, but I was glad to see Miami win because I like Wade and I like the fact that Shaq now has a title that he won without Kobe's help.

NJReds
06-21-2006, 10:10 AM
I'm not a big NBA fan, but I was glad to see Miami win because I like Wade and I like the fact that Shaq now has a title that he won without Kobe's help.

I think Wade is better than Kobe.

Mutaman
06-21-2006, 10:39 AM
Congradulations to Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat. For years i've been hearing "Wade is great but he can't shoot" or "Wade is great but he turns the ball over too much", or "Wade is great but he has Shaq", or "wade is great but he's favored by the officials".

Hopefully there will now be no more "buts".

oneupper
06-21-2006, 10:56 AM
One of the reasons I don't like basketball much is that officiating has WAY too much to do with the end result.

I mean, they play 82 games just for homefield advantage....

Roy Tucker
06-21-2006, 10:57 AM
I think Wade is better than Kobe.
Ability-wise, I'd put them even. But Wade seems to have his head on straighter than Kobe and has a more grounded character. Kobe has been surrounded by controversy almost his whole career while Wade has been on an even keel his 3 years in the league and has gotten steadily better.

The NBA should use Wade as a poster child for what is right with the league. Great player and a good guy. Nice to see.

Having said that, I still think he gets favoritism from the refs. But so does LeBron, Steve Nash, Dirk, and other superstars. Just how the NBA game is played.

NJReds
06-21-2006, 11:30 AM
Ability-wise, I'd put them even. But Wade seems to have his head on straighter than Kobe and has a more grounded character. Kobe has been surrounded by controversy almost his whole career while Wade has been on an even keel his 3 years in the league and has gotten steadily better.

I'm not just talking about raw ability. Kobe sulks at times, disappears other times. He seems almost uncoachable. Wade gets other teammates involved and seems to have a knack for doing what needs to be done to win games.


Having said that, I still think he gets favoritism from the refs. But so does LeBron, Steve Nash, Dirk, and other superstars. Just how the NBA game is played.

I watched all of last night's game and it's a reminder to me of why I stopped watching the NBA in the first place. It's a "ref" league. A constant parade to the free throw line.