After watching as much NBA basketball as I do, I am really becomming disgusted with the way games are being officiated these days. Tonight’s Game 3 between the Bulls and Heat really put me over the top regarding this topic. It’s as though the referees are trying to make themselves a part of the games nowadays instead of making he proper calls.
For examples of what I am talking about, watch the replay of Game 3 between the Bulls and Heat. Marco Bellinelli was called for a defensive foul on Lebron James when he literally did nothing. James was the one who practically pushed Marco to the floor, yet because his name is Lebron James, he gets the call to go in his favor.
Another absolutely horrible call came towards the end of the game when Joakim Noah and Chris Bosh both went up for a rebound (Noah won the rebound). Prior to jumping, yes Noah had his hand on Bosh’s back (like every other NBA rebounder), but it wasn’t a foul! However, the refs blew the whistle and called a foul on Noah, which sent Bosh to the line for two game-changing free throws.
If you haven’t noticed, almost any time big named player has a shot blocked, a foul is called. Pay attention to this he next time you watch a game.
There are plenty of other examples that I could mention, including James’ flop when pushed by Mohammed, but I won’t get into them. My point is that NBA referees are deciding the outcomes of games, not the players, and it makes me sick. Just because one guy is a “superstar” and the other guy isn’t doesn’t mean that the “star” should automatically get the call. Unfortunately, there’s nothing that can be done about it unless the league takes action, which they won’t.
It has honestly gotten to the point where I no longer want to watch the NBA. I’m sure I’m not the only one who this feels this way. It’s sad that things have even gotten to his point, and there appears to be no changes forthcoming.