Is the NBA rigged? Contributer John Thompson chimes in with his opinion on the big question surrounding the league and taking social media by storm.
Let us all be honest with ourselves here, Professional sports are a business first. That is what I always found a little disturbing about Professional sports; the integrity of the game is a little tainted. For you people who like to think professional sports are not rigged, hypothetically, let us say someone offers you more than your contract to tank a game, could you really be honest with yourself and say you would not do it? What if you are a referee and Vegas shells out a major money to you in order to overlook certain calls or be more decisive for a certain team on bang-bang plays. If you would not crack under the pressure then hats off to you but maybe these points might make you reconsider...
Only looking at the NBA postseason, realistically, I am not saying that the NBA is taking the WWE professional wrestling approach to fixing the outcome from beginning to end. I highly doubt that every play and every shot is scripted in order for maximum entertainment but this post-season has had some weird occurrences. Take for instance when Stephen Curry sprained his MCL and came back in Game 4 against the Trail Blazers to drop 40 or the Warriors coming back from a 3-1 deficit to the Thunder which boast 2 of the top 5 players in the league. Some might say that is just basketball but these things seem to only happen in professional sports. I have a slight affinity for the Warriors but looking at it from a big picture standpoint, it looks fishy to see the Warriors make this unrealistic run thus far.
On the other hand, while Lebron and the Cavs have had a more pedestrian walk to the NBA Finals, the games in the Finals have been overwhelming peculiar at best. The stat-line is not much of a cause for concern for the integrity of the game but just the way it has unfurled draws questions. The Warriors have played uncharacteristically bad during the final stretch of this series. As a team, they went 3-21 during the 4th Quarter from field goal range in Game 5 and started Game 6 5-22 from the field (let it be noted that a good bit of those shots were taken uncontested *cough Harrison Barnes could not hit the broad side of a barn cough*). With these numbers it is hard not to put on a showcase that Kyrie and Lebron been having, you can get by with ok defense. Plus it is hard to not notice the change of public opinion about Lebron. Just last year Lebron was the most hated individual in the history of basketball besides Kobe. Now it seems at though ESPN is back to praising him like his days in high school.
As I said earlier, it is all a business. The NBA has much to gain by pushing the series to a Game 7. Personally, I hate the possibility that games could be fixed like this but at the end of the day, it makes for great entertainment and that is what professional sports are at their core....entertainment.
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