Flipping channels between innings of the Marlins-Rays game in Miami, I happened to catch an altercation between Miami player Chris “Birdman” Andersen and Tyler Hansbrough of the Indiana Pacers.
Andersen made contact with Hansbrough in an effort to provoke a fight out of him not once, but twice. “Birdman” did not get ejected from the game, although such a move was well within the purview of the NBA rulebook.
I’d rather watch a hockey game than the NBA if both sports were on at the same time. Let’s just say I’ve had a lot of questions over the past few years about the product and how a big city team seems to get the close calls in a game all the time.
No, I’m not trying to be the sports version of Alex Jones here, although I’m probably failing that goal miserably. Anyone remember Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference final between the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings? The officiating of that game was so bad, Ralph Nader even wrote a letter to NBA grand poobah David Stern.
I enjoyed watching the NBA all these years, but at the rate they are going, the sport of boxing and the entertainment form of wrestling have better smells to them.