Ya know, the thing is…..it just doesn’t matter if Donaghy was lone gunman with a magic bullet (JFK referrences are cool) as Stern contends. The perception of unfair reffing is out there. Has been for years.
The "star call" has been around sooo long that it is ingrained into the very fabric of the game. Listen to any play by play or color guy call a game, and you will hear about it. Every single game! Will Brandon start getting calls because he is now an All Star? How fast will Oden start to get them? We ask it. Every teams asks questions like these.
What about the end of the game scenarios? Oh….you just don’t get that call with only 10 seconds left. The refs don’t want to decide the game…let the players determine the outcome. As if getting mugged is any different in the last 10 seconds of a game or the first 10 seconds of a game. Heck, the league office even admitted that they instruct the refs to call the end of games this way.
Inconsistancy…..Ohh the refs are calling the game tight tonight. The refs are sure letting them play today. What about the home team call? You wouldn’t get that call back in our place.
You see, people watching the NBA all know these things. The annoucers, the coachs, the players and the fans all know this. Basketball (and the NBA in particular) is the hardest game to officiate. And Stern makes it even harder with is highhanded manner and his lack of accountability regarding this issue. We don’t trust him to do the right thing. So what, maybe David is right when he says that Donahgy acted alone and was rogue criminal. Even if it is so, it just doesn’t matter, because when we hear of any cockamamy conspiracy theory that comes down the pike …...we believe it. When we hear that Game 6 of the 2002 WCF was fixed (or Game 7 of the 2000 WCF) ....we believe it. Why ...because we have seen the unfairness of it all before. Hell we know it isn’t straight.
Soooo now I wonder.... What was Tim Donaghy was talking to Scott Foster about all those times? Were they fixing games together? The FBI says no, but I don’t believe them. Why? Cause David Stern taught me not to