Thursday, November 02, 2006

Preferential Star Treatment

After going to the Houston Rockets/Utah Jazz game in Salt Lake, there is one thing I know for certain. The "NBA Live ’07 Curse” will not start this year. Barring some freak accident, or T-Mac not being able to cut it because he’s not conditioned enough, he won’t have a “bad” year. Last night he scored 25 points in the Rocket’s season opening loss. Not bad, considering he was 8-24 from the field and 8-13 from the free throw line. At least he made over 50% of his free throws. The fact of the matter is that any player who came close to making contact with T-Mac was called for a foul. On two instances, Matt Harpring and Andrei Kirilenko were called for fouls without even touching T-Mac. One was on an air-ball 3 point try, and the second on a layup in crunch time with five minutes remaining in the game. Ridiculous? You better believe it! And what can opposing players do about it? Absolutely nothing! With the NBA’s new “zero tolerance policy,” a player will get a technical foul for even raising an eyebrow over a questionable call. As if the officials did not have a hold on the game before, the NBA has given them more power. It’s going to be another fun-filled season; I’m looking forward to it. I think I’m going to have a heart attack when I’m 35.

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