While everyone is quick to point out the Lakers efforts or lack their of in their loss to the Cleveland Cavs on Christmas Day, I have a different take. I watched the game just like i’m sure many of you did. I was astonished by the number of bad calls (or non calls) in both the 3rd and 4th quarters, nearly all of which affected the Los Angeles Lakers negatively.
I’m always intrigued by many of the NBA fans out their who claim that bad calls don’t affect the outcome of games. I am one who thinks they do. Especially in this situation. I challenge anyone who disagrees with me to playback the 3rd quarter of this game between the Lakers and Cavs on Christmas Day, then honestly tell me that the 10 no calls on Kobe Bryant in one Quarter did not change the outcome of this game.
Could The Lakers Have Played Better? Sure.
Sure the Lakers could have played a little harder. They could have shot the ball a little better. But just because these two things didn’t happen, doesn’t excuse the Referees from doing the job they are payed to do. Bynum, Gasol, and Odom basically didn’t show up for this game. Which doesn’t help the teams odds. The the Laker bench was basically non-exsistent. And Derek Fisher’s game was just a little bit off.
And that all together and yes, the Lakers would have a good chance of loosing any night. But when you have Kobe Bryant on your team you always have a chance to win. And it’s unfortunate the the Refs took that chance from Kobe by not making the right calls.
All I want as an NBA fan is to understand what’s going on. Referees miss calls from time to time. Of course they do. They are only human just like you and I. But at the same time, they are damn good at what they do! There’s no excuse for missing as many calls as were missed on Christmas Day. Laker fans have the right to know what’s going on.
I think this all has to do with a bigger picture that is being painted by the NBA and by Commissioner David Stern. They desperatly want LeBron James to be the ambassador of their league. Even though LeBron can never be as great as Kobe Bryant, the NBA is determined to market LeBron James as if he is. And the blown calls and the fixed loss handed to Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers by the NBA on Christmas Day, is one stroke more towards painting their masterpiece!