I certainly don’t want to take away from what they have accomplished this year but is there anybody in America, outside of their home cities of course, who are hoping to see a Houston Rockets & Atlanta Hawks match-up in the NBA Finals?
I’m willing to bet most fans want to see LeBron & Steph square off against each other and so does the NBA!
The best player in the game versus the best shooter in the game would surely draw HUGE television ratings as well as sell a boatload of NBA authorized replica game jerseys.
Of course for that to ever happen the Warriors need to beat the Rockets and the Cavs need to beat the Hawks in the finals of their respective conferences.
Even though many people think that’s going to happen anyway, what if it doesn’t? Or what if it starts to look like it’s not going to happen?
Would NBA game referees ever take the matter into their own hands?
Is James Harden going to shoot as many free throws as he normally did during the regular season?
We all want to think that would never happen; that the NBA or its referees really don’t care who plays well enough to win or who doesn’t.
Is that wishful thinking? Are we being naïve?
Before you answer those questions watch the following interview with former NBA referee Tim Donaghy and hear how he and some of his colleagues intentionally influenced certain games.
Could something like this ever happen again?