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Is the NBA really fixed?

Posted on: December 26, 2008 12:20 am

I love the NBA, but is it really a fair league? I was watching tonight's Wizards-Cavaliers game and it really got me thinking. Almost every call went Cleveland's way, and there was a few that were really questionable. That foul on Butler with 2 minutes left on LeBron's 3 pointer was really pushing it, and the play the Jamison fouled out on was ticky-tak to say the least. Let's face it, it would be better for the league's popularity if the Cavs win this game, which they did. It is a superstar league, and I bet David Stern wants the Cavs to win b/c they have Lebron.

Here is another example, the NBA draft this past year. Now, I am a huge Bulls fan and am very thankful we have Derrick Rose, but only a 1.7% chance? The fact is, they do not want to see more superstarts go west like Durant and Oden did the year before, and since they do not pull the pingpong balls on screen, no one will know if they fixed it to make Rose to go to a big market.

I hope I am wrong, but I think the NBA is just trying to control everything.

Merry Xmas to everyone and please comment back.



Since: Nov 17, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2009 8:36 pm

Is the NBA really fixed?

Great Article. Oh, how I loved the NBA. I've loved it since Magic vs Bird ('80). I really loved it when Michael took over, even before his first title (I've named my daughter after him). When Jordan eventually left, I felt really empty. I tried to stay involved by following Scotty to Portland. When the Zen master & Scotty met in the 2000 WC Finals, I was so rejuvenated! I was very tossed about who I wanted to win! (Jackson deserved those 6 titles as much as Jordan). So, I was very neutral in that 2000 WCF Series.  The calls by the refs in that series floored me! I was really embarrassed! I'd played sports, peewee to semipro my whole life and now I had to defend this!!!... That was then... Today, it's a joke & 
I would never try to defend the NBA. It's ridiculous.  I'll always wonder, was it always there, was I just too blind to see?? 

Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2008 9:38 pm

Is the NBA really fixed?

I do not believe that the NBA games are fixed, despite what happened with Tim Donaghy. I think that the league has far too much to lose if more fixing stories were to come out. so they will be watching very carefully, Also, if the draft order were fixed, why would the Blazers and the Sonics have the first 2 picks to get Oden and Durant. As far as I'm concerned, they wouldn't have.

The thing about the NBA that I have never understood is the huge home court advantage. In baseball, a team can be built for their home park... got astroturf or a huge outfield, get fast. Got a short porch in right field, get left handed power hitters who like to pull the ball. Football is similar with turf/grass, or indoor/outdoor cold/warm weather stadiums. Even hockey has different sized rinks that benefit either fast skaters or tight checking teams. But in basketball, every court is the same size, the rims are the same height, the temperature in the buildings are about the same. There is the crowd of course, but for a professional athlete, I think that should be a non-factor. Does it really matter if they are cheering for you or for the other guys? The difference to me is the refs. Are they instructed how to call the game? When the Bulls were in their championship runs and they would play the Pistons or the Knicks, if the game was called closely with a lot of fouls, the Bulls were most likely going to win. When they "let them play" and didn't call many fouls, they were probably in trouble. Reggie Miller was talking to Dan Patrick about the Steelers Ravens game and the replay-reversed call that became a TD. Miller said "How did they get that call on the road?" That's an NBA guy's understanding of sports. Home team gets the calls. It shouldn't be that way. Does that make the games fixed? Not really. It just makes it so that the fans who go to the games will have around a 60% chance of seeing the home team win. That is as long as they aren't in Oklahoma City.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2008 8:42 pm

Is the NBA really fixed?

I don't know about gambling fixed, but there sure as hell is preferential treatment of star players by the refs, likely mandated by the NBA's top brass including David Stern. I was watching the Cavs-Nuggets game last week and there was a play where Lebron James essentially grabbed and held Carmelo Anthony from getting to the post. Anthony was charged with an offensive foul, and after seeing the slow mo plays it was clear that James game Anthony a bear hug. In the NFL James would have been flagged for holding. So as not to make it unfair, right after that the refs called Zydrunas Ilgauskas when he barely touched the other guy as a make-up foul for the call on Anthony and non-call on James at the other end. It was a blatant example as I've seen, and the more I see the blatant protection of the top money making stars, the more I see that the NBA is slouching towards professional wrestling.

Since: Oct 23, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2008 8:26 pm

Is the NBA really fixed?

Yes, a lot of people must think that the league is fixed. I partially do too, i mean, the ref scandal with betting against the games he is reffing, and i'm sure that a lot of refs are still betting, but their not investigating well enough to prove that. But the other side of me  that is saying that it isn't fixed, because look at most of the games, MOST, they're good/great games, and it isn't becasue of the refs, it's becasue of the players playing well. The refs call stuff; bad and good, but you still can't blame all of it on them.

Since: Dec 26, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2008 8:05 pm

Is the NBA really fixed?

Interestingly enough I took a peak over at the Website to see what they were talking about today and there is an article by one of their insiders who is complaining about this as well. Take a look.

Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2008 6:52 pm

Is the NBA really fixed?

Wouldn't surprise me if it was fixed, but then again there is nothing compelling about the NBA regular season product to make me care if it was fixed.  There is also nothing compelling about a league since 1980 where only 8 cities have been able to experience a championship.  You lose interest after so many years.  At least with the NFL you had 14 cities who experienced a championship since 1980, and 18 cities in MLB since 1980.  It appears we have a parity problem with the NBA that also adds to the "fixed" perception.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2008 10:40 am

Is the NBA really fixed?

The only way the NBA would be fixed if it had something to do with the line. Clearly that was not the case lastnight as all the money was bet on Cleveland. You can always look for little things to stoke the conspiracy theory, but the only way any game is ever going to be fixed is for money.

Since: Dec 26, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2008 10:02 am

Is the NBA really fixed?

It would seem to me there are too many media outlets and big mouths in the NBA to be able to cover up fixing games. However, as we saw with the official who was convicted last year, fixing games can happen. There will always be conspiracy theories as to whether or not games are fixed and in the end we may never know for sure but my opinion is that only some of the games are fixed especially those nationally broadcast. 

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2008 7:37 am

Is the NBA really fixed?

I had some of those same thoughts watching Cavs/Wizards last night.  And I'm sure he wants the Cavs to be somehwat successful yet I can bet he is worried about one thing and one thing only:  Getting a Celtics/Lakers Finals rematch.  That game was great yesterday and I can only imagine how intense a Finals rematch would be.

I'm not sure if Stern and the NBA WANTED the Bulls to have the first pick though--and in my opinion, the should have taken Beasley.  Maybe they do want Chicago to be better since it's such a brand name with all Michael Jordan did there. 

I'd argue that LeBron ending up in Cleveland was a bit fishy.  The most heralded player in YEARS coming into the draft, straight outta Akron, and it just so happens his hometown team gets pick numero uno.  And Ewing to the Knicks?  Now it's the LeBron sweepstakes to see who can outbid who to land him. 

All I can say is this:  Stern wants and needs star power in his playoff lineups for good league publicity.  In general, the league is watered down and some these so-called "superstars" aren't even such.  Headlining the big names of the game will help Stern and the league pull a fast one on some by declaring the game is as best as it's ever been.  But one can hide his bastard son for only so long.  As good as some of the teams are there are some HORRIBLE teams out there too.  Maybe the worst teams in league history.  In my opinion, contraction needs to occur.  Get rid of these teams that don't draw or can't put a competitve five out there every night.  These guys are supposed to be professionals yet some of them have a hard time executing and defending a pick-and-roll.  They are amazing athletes yet are probably some othe most fundamentally unsound players I've ever seen.  I'm a selfish fan and I want a good product EVERY NIGHT, not just when the Celtics, Lakers, or Cavs play.     

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