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Imagine that . 

NBA officiating has gotten so bad that fans are upset about it and are letting it be known by texting and twittering to the media outlets constantly . It has gotten so bad that the NBA has hired Dave Javie a retired NBA ref for 26 years to come on ESPN and explain what is and isn't a foul . How you ref a guy like LeBron James who is a physical and strong player who is different from a Kevin Durant . So much is being made of the free throw discrepancies in favor of Miami . Well I'm glad I'm not the only one who has been watching the playoffs and constantly blogged about how t-u-r-r-i-b-l-e it's been this year . You know it's bad when you bring in a retired ref to tell a national TV audience what is and isn't considered a foul when Stevie Wonder could see who's fouling who . I call it fixing games but there are other out there who don't agree . It dosen't help that OKC shoots a ton of outside shots you live by the jump shot and you die by it so I can't sympathize with their complaints about not getting enough free throws . Westbrook can't be the only one taking it to the basket Durant has to drive inside to get the calls he just can't shoot jumpers . It didn't help his team by only getting 2 rebounds the whole game and he got those with a minute left in the game . I'm glad somebody else is finally speaking up about the 3 blind mice , the fixers , and the zebras . Keep complaining and maybe something will be done about it next year because this year is the coronation  of LeBron James and his Miami Heat .

June 20, 2012  11:05 AM ET

You're right. There is plenty of blame to be had by OKC for their less than stellar perfoemance. BUT, everyone who has been watching these games can see that there is deffinitely a fover being paid to Miami in terms of officiating. SEVERAL "air"calls for them, and even MORE no-calls for them. It's disgusting how this is happening. David Stern HAS to be aware that his "PRODUCT" is being tainted. Keep shoveling a lack-luster product to the masses, and the masses will leave your "PRODUCT" on the shelves. NBA/WWE, synonimous now.

June 21, 2012  10:21 AM ET

The officiating in the NBA has been horrible for years .. period! The enormous rise in popularity of the NBA in the 80s and 90s coincided with the rise of the "superstar". The NBA needed these "superstars" to further promote the league so of course it only stands to reason that they would get preferential treatment from the refs. The so called "superstar rules" have been in full effect for over 20 years and I highly doubt anything will ever change. David Stern doesn't care about the actual "game of basketball". All he cares about is the marketability of the NBA and how it can generate more money. And you can't really blame him because after all the NBA is a business.

As far as the Finals, I find it humorous that OKC and their fans are complaining about not getting the calls now but yet when they played San Antonio, they were obviously the benefactor of shoddy officiating throughout the series. You can't have it both ways OKC. For whatever reason, this is LeBron and the Heat's year to claim the trophy so just sit back and relax. Besides, the TV ratings for the Finals are the highest since 2004 so do you really think David Stern has any motivation to fix the horrible, atrocious, terrible, embarrassing, down-right dreadful, and horrendously inconsistent officiating at all.

June 21, 2012  11:29 AM ET

I did not want to seem like a Thunder Homer............but , there it is.

June 21, 2012  09:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The officiating in the NBA has been horrible for years .. period! The enormous rise in popularity of the NBA in the 80s and 90s coincided with the rise of the "superstar". The NBA needed these "superstars" to further promote the league so of course it only stands to reason that they would get preferential treatment from the refs. The so called "superstar rules" have been in full effect for over 20 years and I highly doubt anything will ever change. David Stern doesn't care about the actual "game of basketball". All he cares about is the marketability of the NBA and how it can generate more money. And you can't really blame him because after all the NBA is a business. As far as the Finals, I find it humorous that OKC and their fans are complaining about not getting the calls now but yet when they played San Antonio, they were obviously the benefactor of shoddy officiating throughout the series. You can't have it both ways OKC. For whatever reason, this is LeBron and the Heat's year to claim the trophy so just sit back and relax. Besides, the TV ratings for the Finals are the highest since 2004 so do you really think David Stern has any motivation to fix the horrible, atrocious, terrible, embarrassing, down-right dreadful, and horrendously inconsistent officiating at all.

i'd rather see kobe bryant or lebron james play than a bunch of joe shmo players like the san antonio spurs which are ABSOLUTELY BORING. stern made the right move.

 
June 21, 2012  10:52 PM ET

When LeBron was not called for his obvious foul on Durant at the end of game two you could see the heat understanding they could be more aggressive on both ends of the floor as fouls were not going to be called on them. Saw the same light go off with wade in the 06 championship series when he bowled over a Mavis guard and the Mac was called for the foul. After that the momentum shifted and he became very aggressive for the remainder of the series. To okc credit they have not complained or blamed their losses on the calls or lack of same. Too bad the heat does not have the same class.

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