First, both the Herald and the Globe have articles on a study that has found that there is a racial bias in the officiating in the NBA.
They went on to claim that the different rates at which fouls are called "is large enough that the probability of a team winning is noticeably affected by the racial composition of the refereeing crew assigned to the game."
Of course, David Stern says that their own studies show no bias, but what else could he say? I feel that there is more bias than just racial. Some refs have to have personal feeling for or against certain teams or certain players and make their calls accordingly.
This study gives credence to the feelings I have had all along, it's time for a change. In my article here on Loy's Place, I said that I felt it was time to take the absolute authority from the refs and Stern. There needs to be an oversight committee to assure that teams are getting fair treatment. Hopefully this study will open some eyes to the fact that there are biases among the refs and something should be done about it.
Also in the Globe, Jackie M admits to having basketball envy and wants to be a part of the post season party once again. She does a little gloating in reporting on the Spurs 3-1 lead over the Nuggets.
This makes me happy, because as someone who lobbied vociferously against the Celtics' attempts to trade for Allen Iverson, I find it fitting that Iverson's shooting touch has been hovering around 40 percent. Denver's point guard looks like a guy who only knows how to do one thing: dominate the ball. You all thought Iverson and Pierce together would bear major playoff fruit. Tell that to Carmelo Anthony. He and AI are one game away from a first-round exit.
Remember, too, the only way Iverson was ever coming here was if the Celtics parted with Al Jefferson. The more time I spend around Big Al, the more I entrench myself in his camp. He is candid about his previous shortcomings, including his lack of understanding of the work ethic required to excel. He's motivated, wants to be here, and yearns to be a leader. I like this kid, and not just because he's watching old tapes of Hakeem Olajuwon.
The Sun Sentinel reports that the priority for the Heat in the off season will be finding a point guard. Telfair is mentioned as a possibility. Riley has always been a fan of his and we may be able to swing a trade with themm, but please, not another trade for Antoine Walker...
NBADraft.net discusses the Celtics' cap issues. Although we are over the cap and have little wiggle room, there are options for the team because of the assets that Danny has been building including expiring contracts and young trade chips.
Bitterfans.com has a discussion of the merits of choosing Oden or Durant from a Memphis point of view. They want Oden there and any team other than Boston getting Durant since they are sure that the Celtics tanked.