Wednesday, May 29, 2013
So Go Ahead, You Make the Call
I mean, really. LOOK at this photo.
Every play last night, there was contact. Every play it seemed, somebody was falling down. The current generation of NBA players are incredibly adept at subtle moves to initiate and imitate fouls. Forget "flopping". They don't need that. A simple arm grab, stumble, lean-in, or nudge will do the trick.
The game is nearly un-ref-able.
Unless you are cool with 60 free throw nights, and 3 guys getting fouled out in the 3rd quarter.
I don't have any good answer, but I know the answer is NOT more replay. If ever a "system" was failing on design, it is the NBA's use of video. Selective. Limited. And often, still wrong. (See Ray Allen out of bounds call).
Today's players jump through the roof. They CONTEST the living shit out of every shot, every drive, every inch of floor space. In a desperate game like Game 4, when players really put their full athletic "oomph" into the game on every possession, it's a spectacular freak show.
But I don't know how you call it. If nothing else, let's not dole out ticky tack technicals, and pay attention when an OBVIOUS 24 second shot clock violation call is botched.
Oh, and for all of you old white dudes (older and whiter than me, that is!) who still want to insist Pistol Pete could "play in today's NBA no problem".... well, here's some action shots of what "defense" looked like back in the day.
Now run along.