Fwd: Technical-ly, NBA Not A Police State

Los Angeles Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder Western Conference first round playoff game 3

Don't let the open arms confuse you. If you say something David Stern doesn't like, he'll fine you. No, there's no truth to the rumor that The Beatles wrote "Back In The USSR" about him. (Source: Yardbarker.com)

First off, please, please, please don’t confuse me for a whiney Boston Celtics fan. I actually was excited for them two years ago when they got Kevin Garnett because I felt like KG and Paul Pierce were two guys who deserved a shot and I wanted to see what they could do. Then they both, particularly KG, turned into jerks. So now I’m staunchly anti-Celts. I hope they lose this series, and I’m psyched that the Magic won last night. But Orlando shouldn’t have been helped out so egregiously by the refs.

No, I’m not a conspiracy nut either who thinks the “League” told the refs to extend the series. I just think that the refs and the NBA honchos have let the power go to their heads. It’s insane how afraid the league is of dissention. For those who didn’t watch last night’s game, Kendrick Perkins, the one guy in the league who can do a decent job defending Dwight Howard solo, got two technicals and was tossed. The first happened when he was helping Paul Pierce up, but their grip slipped so his arm went back a bit into Orlando’s backup center Marcin Gortat. Gortat responded, slapping the ball away, and they got hit by double technicals. I understand that one. At the time, particularly from certain angles, it looked like Perk just maliciously elbowed Gortat on purpose. But upon video review, you can see it was more of an accident.

To read the rest of this, go to my original post on the main FanSided page.

Topics: Atlanta Hawks, Bill Simmons, Boston Celtics, Daryl Morey, David Stern, Houston Rockets, Jermaine O'Neal, Joey Crawford, Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, Marcin Gortat, Mark Cuban, Michael Gearon, Orlando Magic, Paul Pierce, Phoenix Suns, Rajon Rondo, Stephon Marbury, Steve Kerr, Zydrunas Ilgauskas

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