Wow! I've found a new home: Apple nuts talkin' mad ball shi*t! I love it.
Now to enter the fray (all in good fun o' course):
Woods 99: Why are you so bitter! I'd give you crap for it, but you sound EXACTLEY the way I used to when the Bulls where running the L. Man I hated them. I hated Jordan. And mostly I hated all of the bandwagon jumpin' fans, wearing all of the crappy-ass Bulls merch. and talkin' about how great the Bulls were, but couldn't name more than 3 players from the team. Man I hated the Bulls back then! And yes I was convinced that the NBA was behind all of their wins. All about the money, I said.
Now in hindsight, I can actually admit that the Bulls were just the best team. I think I actually cried when they beat the Lakers in '92. But, they were the better team. Ouch, that hurt...
No the NBA is not fixed. Yes, Stern and his officials give some calls to it's superstars. They've been doing that since they started making money again in the 90's. I can live with that. It killed me to see Jordan reap the benefits of "gettin' the calls", but I can admit that he is probably the greatest player of all time, and when he didn't get the calls he still won.
If that's what you mean by the NBA fixing the games, then yes you're right. If you mean that before the play-offs start, Stern and the NBA powers-that-be, get togethor and figure out what big money market match-ups will get them the most money, then no, no... you're just bitter.
And since you seem to be a Pacers fan, how do you explain the Pacers and their small market being in the Finals 2 years ago? Are you still bitter about the Lakers beating them? Thought so.
And yes, Shaq stays in the key for more than 3 secs. sometimes. And Yes, he travels sometimes. But, so does every other player in the NBA. I don't like it either, but to single it out as only Shaq's advantage is just plain crazy talk.
And yes, he is big and uses his body, sometimes knocking smaller players down. Wa! That doesn't mean that it's an offensive foul.
Have you ever played basketball against a bigger player. I do. They use their size and sometimes knock my little 6'1", 190 lbs. ass down. Do I cry offensive foul? Hell no. I get up and say, "nice move." and under my breath I say, "big fat ass!"
If I wanted to, everytime the big man came in the key and started bangin' his big body around I could fall back and make it look like he knocked me down. Do I? Hell no!
When Tim Duncan bodies up against Shaq, and then falls back the second Shaq starts bangin' and cries when he doesn't get a O foul, it just makes me laugh.
Tim Duncan is one best all around players in the L, but to see him play like a bitch sometimes makes me sad. That's why they can't beat the Lakers. Well that and the fact they don't have a legit second scorer. But, damn that Tony Parker is gonna be bad ass ain't he! I love GP, but he went toe to toe with him and won. Boy's got a future!
Is it fair that Shaq's bigger than everybody else? No. That's why they call it a "size advantage". And that's why Shaq is so dominant.
Sorry about the rant all, I'm just sick of people raggin' on Shaq and the Lakers. But, I know I sounded the exact same back during the Bulls run. Sorry, still bitter
I'm seriously stoked about the LA/Sac. series though. I really think that with Shaq being crippled and all, plus the home court advantage, that the Kings have a serious chance of winning. Of course I thought that last year, right before they got swept.