it’s all (fucking) entertainment

May 30, 2008 at 1:15 am | Posted in basketball, brian | 2 Comments

everybody knows, or everybody who has read this blog or talked to me about basketball, that allen iverson is my favorite player ever.  sometimes i feel like the only reason basketball has any meaning for me is (in)directly related to allen iverson.  but if there is one guy in the league whose coolness is up their with iverson’s, it’s rasheed wallace.

i found this quote attributed to rasheed wallace:

“all that bull(shit)-ass calls they had out there. with mike and kenny [i’m guessing those guys are refs] — you’ve all seen that (shit). you saw them calls. the cats are flopping all over the floor and they’re calling that (shit). that (shit) ain’t basketball out there. it’s all (fucking) entertainment. you all should know that (shit). it’s all (fucking) entertainment.”

the quote i found had bleeps in the parenthesis, but i took the liberty of decoding the bleeps.

i found the rasheed quote while reading about the latest nba news: starting next year, the league will impose fines for flopping.  or rather, according to the headline of some espn article, fines will be imposed for clear cases of flopping.

the league obviously feels like the flopping problem is the players fault.  but that’s bullshit.  the problem is wildly inconsistent refereeing.  nobody noes what’s a block and what’s a charge.  players are randomly being bailed out as long as they act like they’ve been hacked.  who knows what constitutes a travel?  the league is looking to deflect any criticism and place the blame squarely on the players.  i mean, jeff van gundy has been effectively black-listed from the league for openly criticizing refereeing.  and with no coherent or consistent rules, the phantom of fixed games is ever-present.  and fining players for flopping isn’t going to change any of that.  plus, i’m guessing this rule, like the technical foul rule, will only be selectively enforced.  because it’s all just fucking entertainment.

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  1. seems like lots of players are being more vocal about refereeing lately. i’m surprised they don’t get in bigger trouble for it.
    Chris Paul said something after a loss to the spurs in the playoffs, like: somebody must be telling those guys to make calls like that.
    That’s a pretty damning accusation from one of the leagues biggest stars. I can’t believe he wasn’t suspended.

  2. i read that wallace was fined for his comments i quoted.

    and maybe i should have made this clearer in the post, but i think that flopping is a direct result of terrible officiating. not only that, the officiating just seems to get worse and worse. and you have that one official who was busted for point-shaving saying that his is not an isolated case and there are many referees involved. so instead of raising the level of officiating — setting standards of what constitutes fouls, travels, ect, holding refs (and the league) accountable for missed/bad calls, explanations for those calls, a serious investigation in to the alleged point-shaving and so on — the league looks again to scape-goat the players.

    that’s not saying that flopping isn’t a problem. it obviously is. but if you’re serious about fixing the problem, you should be serious about raising the level of referees. i mean, this is the nba, not some rec league.


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