It’s a an accepted part of the NBA that star players are officiated differently than everyone else. Guys like LeBron, Wade, and Kobe just lower their shoulder and head to the bucket and 95% of the time a whistle’s going to bail them out whether they get fouled or not. But one thing that most don’t consider is that stars also get the benefit of the doubt on defense too.
(guess who the foul’s on?)
BULLS.COM’s Sam Smith has some startling numbers on how many fouls LeBron has been whistled for this year. James is a candidate for the NBA’s all-defensive team, which Smith says is largely because James is only being called for 1.72 fouls per game this year — shockingly low for a guy who is so active defensively. In fact, LeBron went through a five game stretch in March in which he was called for zero fouls. Not a single one in more than 180 minutes on the floor.
As you might expect, some think this is a tad bit shady. Although, should we really be that surprised considering the general quality of NBA officiating?
Last Friday, buried in the business section of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE, we found out that longtime Tribune “basketball expert” Sam Smith was “among 25 veteran Chicago Tribune writers and editors to take voluntary buyouts.“
Mr. Smith, of course, is a dear friend on bloggers everywhere, and will be sorely missed. Sadly, we’ll now have to check Smith off the list of a seemingly growing number of dinosaur media types who have lashed out at folks like us over the past year. Read more…
SMITH: BLOGS “SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED” BIG AUDIENCE: After entertaining us with some unintentional comedy gold late last week from Stephen A. Smith, Tom Hoffarth brings us an encore of Screamin’ A.’s personal theater of the absurd - by releasing more quotes from an apparently epic interview.
Smith first claims to Hoffarth that “internet writers” have no right to reach a large audience (we take it he’s actually serious): “And when you look at the internet business, what’s dangerous about it is that people who are clearly unqualified get to disseminate their piece to the masses. I respect the journalism industry, and the fact of the matter is …someone with no training should not be allowed to have any kind of format whatsoever to disseminate to the masses to the level which they can. They are not trained. Not experts.“The fun continues as Smith tells Hoffarth that bloggers have “sabotaged” the dinosaur print media: “The people who suffer are the common viewers out there and, more importantly, those in the industry who haven’t been fortunate to get a radio or television deal and only rely on the written word. And now they’ve been sabotaged. Not because of me. Or like me. But because of the industry or the world has allowed the average joe to resemble a professional without any credentials whatsoever.”
Smith’s well-reasoned comments about “sabotage” committed by bloggers perplex us. Why would the, as Smith calls them, “common viewers” turn away from the boundless wit and wisdom of men like Bill Conlin, Sam Smith and Dan Shaughnessy. Surely they entertain and engage more than MEN WHO LOOK LIKE OLD LESBIANS.
Or maybe not.Finally, Smith addresses the hurtful accusation that he once wrote a column for the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER on his Blackberry: “No, that’s total fabrication. I wrote my column on a Blackberry one time, at the (2004) NBA draft, I was on vacation (from the newspaper).”
The gall of those heartless accusers! Thanks for clearing that up, Mr. Smith!