I just have an observation that maybe somebody can help me understand:
Last night watching the Nuggets and the Jazz game there was one possession that Kirilenko got called on two touch fouls on Carmelo. After the second one Mark Jackson responded that it was a good call because that is the way the rule is written. Then not even 10 seconds later Carmelo was called for his 5th on a touch play. Jackson called this a horrible call. His reasoning for it being so horrible wasn't anything to do with the actual rule but because it was called on Carmelo.
So my question is this: Why does the NBA have two sets of rules? Whether they are written or unwritten rules a legitimate sport should not be this way. Giving the best players in the league an unfair advantage has happened for years in the NBA. However, I feel that this takes away from the credibility of the NBA.
Does anybody else feel this way? Why should the best players get an advantage? Don't give any bullcrap answer about higher revenues, I understand that the NBA is a business out to make money, however that does not explain why everybody deems it unfair when a star is called for an important foul. If more people felt that this superstar treatment wan't right instead of being the other way around maybe the NBA would be forced to change and be a more legitimate league instead of just being good entertainment.