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2012-13 NBA Season Thread

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Not sure which I enjoyed more, Miami losing or Phil Jackson's first Twitter entry:

@PhilJackson11

11 champ;ipnsikp[ ringhs

That has to be a fake account.

Tis the Zen Master himself.

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Just saw the AOL ad...

http://on.aol.com/vi...deoid=517727496

And also this: http://espn.go.com/l...ta-timberwolves

I think Adelman would be use to being :censored:ed by the refs against them.

It's funny to see people complain about this. The official made the right decision. This is Kobe Bryant. Kobe Bryant. You do not call that on him. That's the NBA. It always has been.

Apparently the NBA disagrees with you for once.

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Oh no, they completely agree with OnWis. Their apology is just another half-assed attempt by the league at saving face PR-wise.

It's easy to apologize after the damage has been done. The NBA has still refused to do the hard work of adopting honest, trustworthy officiating practices, reffing games consistently, and firing the Joey Crawfords and Dick Bavettas that drag the league's reputation down with their antics.

The best way the league could apologize is to finally address the ref issue once and for all. Until then, they might as well just shut up and be quietly happy that they got the outcome they wanted: a Laker win.

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There seems to be a war of words going on between the Heat and the Celtics.

Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge's comments about LeBron James have caused quite a reaction from the Miami Heat organization.

After Ainge called James' complaints of a double standard from referees "almost embarrassing," James responded Friday morning, saying he wasn't surprised to hear anything coming from Boston.

Heat president Pat Riley ratcheted the feud to another level later Friday night, supporting his star with a message that needs to be censored.

"Danny Ainge needs to shut the f--- up and manage his own team," Riley said. "He was the biggest whiner going when he was playing. I know that because I coached against him."

Adding a layer to the feud: Riley's comments were actually delivered through the Heat's PR department, so they weren't just an off-the-cuff reaction.

Ainge replied later, saying: "He's right, I should manage my own team. I did complain as a player. And I'm right. LeBron should never complain."

How should Ainge and Riley resolve their differences?

"I think they should duke it out," Celtics coach Doc Rivers joked.

He doesn't think anything Ainge or Riley said would impact a potential Celtics-Heat playoff series.

"Not unless they're playing," Rivers said. "Really, I just think it's talk both ways. I'll just let those two grown men handle their grown men argument."

http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2013/03/pat_riley_gets_involved_in_dan.html

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Oh no, they completely agree with OnWis. Their apology is just another half-assed attempt by the league at saving face PR-wise.

It's easy to apologize after the damage has been done. The NBA has still refused to do the hard work of adopting honest, trustworthy officiating practices, reffing games consistently, and firing the Joey Crawfords and Dick Bavettas that drag the league's reputation down with their antics.

The best way the league could apologize is to finally address the ref issue once and for all. Until then, they might as well just shut up and be quietly happy that they got the outcome they wanted: a Laker win.

Sorry, no. You can't claim the NBA is rigged in the Lakers' favour when they're having this bad of a season. If the NBA is trying to help the Lakers win they're doing a bad job of it.

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At best, superstars are getting preferential treatment. That enhances certain teams chances to win either way. I actually don't think the NBA agrees with me. It's the NBA's culture, not terrible officiating that led to the call. Calling a foul on Kobe in that situation is not what the NBA is about...it's never been about fairness. Would they have called it the other way? I'd say so. The reason I'd say the NBA does not agree with me is because the official swallowed the whistle for Kobe; and that's what the NBA has allowed to come to be expected. And nobody cares...not even for the other teams going for that 8th spot.

It does not make the league "fixed for the Lakers". It's not all or none. Every fan admits that stars get preferential treatment. It means that a star-less team has to play better than even with a team with star(s) to win. As long as some players get preferential treatment, it's not even. The Lakers have not been one of the better teams in the league this year...the preferential treatment cannot take them from a .500 team to a top seed. What it can do is help them win a couple of close ones. They don't rig it for the Lakers, but they hedge their bets.

If you don't agree that some players get preferential treatment, then we'd disagree. But if you acknowledge that a star is going to get the benefit of the doubt every time (Or if you acknowledge that yeah, Rubio gets a whistle if he does that to Kobe), then it's taken a step away from being a true sport. The NBA probably has its legitimacy questioned more than any other sport. And they've earned it.

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See, when the NHL is just as preferential and inconsistent in its foul enforcement, it's not a rigged league, it's just Real Hockey Lettin' The Good Western Canadian Boys Play Out There! Of course!

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So Wade & LeBron to sit for the Heat and Ginobili to possibly miss for the Spurs. So will that mean that both teams will be fined this time around? *sarcasm*

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So Wade & LeBron to sit for the Heat and Ginobili to possibly miss for the Spurs. So will that mean that both teams will be fined this time around? *sarcasm*

Nah. David Stern will cuddle his preferred team, the Evil Empire from South Florida, with blankets, pillows, and fines to his two most hated adversaries, the Spurs and Lakers.

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Dude you are absolutely smoking crack if you really believe that anyone running the NBA hates the Lakers and wants them to fail.

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The league once rigged a playoff series to benefit the Lakers. The league doesn't hate them at all.

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The league once rigged a playoff series to benefit the Lakers. The league doesn't hate them at all.

The league once rigged a playoff series to benefit the Heat. And it didn't obliterate a trade to them because of "basketball reasons."

And it wasn't a series which was rigged, it was one game. Kings had more free throws overall in the series and only Bibby didn't implode in Game 7.

And the NBA did it to pocket more cash from a Game 7 between the ratings-jackpot Lakers and Kings. Give me an example of the NBA doing something because it adores the Lakers.

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Looking back, Gasol and Odom for Chris Paul is a pretty bad trade. At least from the Clippers the Pelicans got some pieces to build with. I think those basketball reasons were nice reasons.

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The league once rigged a playoff series to benefit the Lakers. The league doesn't hate them at all.

The league once rigged a playoff series to benefit the Heat. And it didn't obliterate a trade to them because of "basketball reasons."

And it wasn't a series which was rigged, it was one game. Kings had more free throws overall in the series and only Bibby didn't implode in Game 7.

And the NBA did it to pocket more cash from a Game 7 between the ratings-jackpot Lakers and Kings. Give me an example of the NBA doing something because it adores the Lakers.

Yeah, but the series was in the Kings momentum and the game was looking to go towards the Kings until, you know, it became rigged.

Hell I don't blame Bibby for imploding. The NBA just took your chance out of a ring to make money.

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The league once rigged a playoff series to benefit the Lakers. The league doesn't hate them at all.

The league once rigged a playoff series to benefit the Heat. And it didn't obliterate a trade to them because of "basketball reasons."

And it wasn't a series which was rigged, it was one game. Kings had more free throws overall in the series and only Bibby didn't implode in Game 7.

And the NBA did it to pocket more cash from a Game 7 between the ratings-jackpot Lakers and Kings. Give me an example of the NBA doing something because it adores the Lakers.

Te league at the time owned the Hornets do it was in there right to terminate any trade that they wanted in order to get a better deal from elsewhere. The only reason why no other team has ever gotten a trade terminated in that fashion was because the league doesn't usually own teams.

Also David Stern once said that his ideal Finals series would be "The Lakers vs. The Lakers". Does that sound like a guy that has an anti-Laker agenda.

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The league once rigged a playoff series to benefit the Lakers. The league doesn't hate them at all.

The league once rigged a playoff series to benefit the Heat. And it didn't obliterate a trade to them because of "basketball reasons."

And it wasn't a series which was rigged, it was one game. Kings had more free throws overall in the series and only Bibby didn't implode in Game 7.

And the NBA did it to pocket more cash from a Game 7 between the ratings-jackpot Lakers and Kings. Give me an example of the NBA doing something because it adores the Lakers.

Also, David Stern once said that his ideal Finals series would be "The Lakers vs. The Lakers". Does that sound like a guy that has an anti-Laker agenda.

Nah, that sounds like someone who's with the times. Anything to make him revenue for the league, any juicy plotline that'll have people talking and watching the NBA. It turned from Magic/Larry, then Jordan, then Kobe/Shaq, followed by "dark times" (Spurs in the mid 2000s), then Lakers/Celtics III, and now the "Miami Death Star."

I wouldn't be surprised if Stern mumbled in his sleep today, "my dream Finals is the Heat vs. the Heat."

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I've never met a crazier Lakers fan than you. Do you honestly believe the NBA hates the Lakers? Why would they hate their most popular team? Yes, I hated it and still hate it that Stern vetoed the CP3 trade, but he didn't do it because of his supposed hatred for the Lakers. He did it for "basketball reasons" ( :rolleyes: ) and probably because the other owners *cough* Dan Gilbert *cough* complained.

If anything, the NBA favors the Lakers more than they work against them. Also, your obsessive hatred of the Heat is extremely irritating. It makes this thread hard to read.

Just sit back and enjoy watching one of the greatest players ever in LeBron. If he continues at this pace for the next 5 years, IMO, he'll go down as one of the top 5 greatest players of all-time and easily the greatest of his era.

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Nah. David Stern will cuddle his preferred team, the Evil Empire from South Florida, with blankets, pillows and fines to his two most hated adversaries, the Spurs and Lakers.

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Tonight's a big night for the Lakers and their fans. Literally. The Big Aristotle, The Diesel, Superman, in other words, Mr. Shaquille O'Neal will have has number 34 retired by the Lakers. I can't wait. He was one of the most dominant forces that the NBA had ever seen. Especially when he was a Laker.

Oh, and the Lakers have a big game against the Mavericks. It's almost a side-note for Laker fans.

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