In Lehmann's Terms

It’s Offical; NBA officiating if offensive

Posted in Sports by mikeleh2000 on March 8, 2010

We all know that the NBA is the hardest sport to official.  We have heard the conspresaces of wanting Kobe and Lebron in the Finals. And we all know that the superstars get preferential treatment.  unfortunately for us fans, it has gotten worse and worse as the seasons pass.  So much, that teams that do not have one of the couple superstars are at a disadvantage.

I found out watching Sunday’s finals rematch that Orlando is one of those teams at a disadvantage.  This was evident as Orlando could not be as physical as the Lakers were during the game.  We will go through a couple of examples.

1Q 2:06-Kobe Pushes Pietrus to the ground when Pietrus tries to front him.  No foul called, Kobe gets the ball and draws a foul.  Pietrus clearly commits the foul, but the officials call it on Howard.  Dwight’s second and he goes to the bench.

2Q 8:40-Aretest clearly pushes Pietrus down to grab a rebound.

2Q 6:37 Odom drives to the lane and Howard does everything possible to avoid a foul call and some how the official calls Dwight with his 3rd foul.  Jeff Van Gundy after the foul, “There’s no one as good as Dwight Howard who takes more bad calls.”

2Q 6:17 Pietrus drives to the lane.  Bynum jumps straight up and gets called for a foul.  Marc Jackson after the foul, “And you talk about according to the rules, that’s not a foul on Andrew Bynum.”

2Q 5:16 With Nelson driving the ball to the lane, the officals call an offensive foul on Nelson on a great acting job by Fisher.

2Q 3:14 It looks as if Fisher tries to foul Nelson by half court and no whistle was blown.  No effect on the play, but after the touch offensive foul on Nelson, this should have been called.

3Q 11:26 Double Technical foul of Kobe and Barnes.  I thought it was called a little early, but it was understandable.  More Barnes fault then any.

3Q 9:32 Matt Barnes follows up a miss with a dunk and ended up with an elbow to the throat from Kobe Bryant.  Some how Dwight Howard ends up with a technical foul there.  I’m not sure what he said, but it drew a technical.  Even JVG thought it should have been a tech on Kobe.

3Q 3:09 Lewis with the ball, nelson comes around and Lewis puts his body out to nip the defender.  Called an illegal screen.  JVG can’t believe the call.

3Q 1:29 Matt Barnes called for offensive foul for trying to block out Bryant.  Could be because of the history between them in this game, but still a cheap call.

3Q 27.8 Pau Gasol post up Howard.  Tries to run through Howard to get to the other block and takes a swing at Howard’s arm.  Dwight Howard is called for his fourth foul.  Marc Jackson say after the reply, “That’s not a foul on Dwight Howard.”

4Q 9:47 Pietrus tries to deny Kobe the ball after being posted up.  Foul called on Pietrus  for touching Bryant in the fourth quarter.

4Q 8:44 Same play as above, but replace Pietrus with Carter.

4Q 7:47 Barnes intentionally bumps into Kobe Bryant for the 498 time.  Great poise to try to keep Barnes from being ejected.

4Q 6:27 Gasol gets very aggressive with Howard on the offensive side of the ball.  Dwight gets tangled up and pulls Gasol’s shirt out.  No call on Gasol and six seconds later tries to scalp Dwight’s transition dunk.

4Q 6:32 Matt Barnes inbounds the ball with a perfect alley to Petruis.  Official wave it off because it was caught “above the cylinder.”  Replay shows it was not caught above the cylinder.

4Q 4:08 Blocking foul on Fisher not called.  Results in a turnover for Orlando.

And that is where my DVR stopped recording the game.  I know, I need to switch back to Comcast. 

Reviewing this game will show that Dwight Howard just doesn’t get the respect that the others get.  He plays hard and takes a lot of cheap fouls that don’t get called for him on the other end.  Come playoff time, this will become a huge factor if the NBA does not do something about this. 

I understand officiating games is not the easiest thing in the world to do, but the inconsistent and favorable foul calls is becoming ridiculous; and a big reason fans from past generations have stopped watching the new NBA.

Game Notes:  What is Rashard Lewis getting paid to do for the Orlando Magic.  For a player getting a max contract, he does none of the following: play defense, make layups, play defense drives to the paint, play defense post up smaller defenders, play defense takes smart shots when not open, and oh, play defense.  His production is way down from last year and has not been able to find any sort of rhythm with Vince Carter in the lineup.

Is Orlando going to find a leader that will step to people and have them calm down.  No one went to Matt Barnes and told him to cool off because they really needed him.  We are lucky that the officals didn’t give him his second tech.  I would have sent him to the showers early.

When did Reddick forget how to shoot.  At Duke he couldn’t miss.  I have always thought they could run him off screens like Reggie Miller, but he is going to have to start hitting those shots.

Matt Barnes looked like a complete tool when Kobe failed to flinch at Barnes ball fake to the face.  Just play ball Matt, just play ball.

Marlin’s Ammunition not Aimming for Playoffs.

Posted in Sports by mikeleh2000 on March 6, 2010

Optimism is a strong feeling that when used correctly can have great effects on life.  Same can be said for the world of sports.  Optimism is what keeps some fan bases going, for that is all they have.  Every team has the same record.  Every team has the same chance to prove they can win.  And every team’s fan base is just as excited as the next.  And the optimism is running high in South Florida when it comes to our Florida Marlins.

Everyone seems to be expecting great things for the 2010 baseball season.  Local radio host say the Marlins will exceed the 87 wins from last year and  beat writers and bloggers say the team has a good chance to make the playoffs; but the most optimistic person in South Florida may be the owner of the team, Jeffery Loria, who is being quoted as saying, “I expect to make the playoffs…we’ve got all the ammunition we need.”

Really?  All the ammunition we need?

I understand this team has talent, but it is young talent.  Unfortunately, with young talent comes a lot of inconsistency.  If you look at the depth chart on FloridaMarlins.com you will see the Marlins are fielding a team with a lot of players that we do not know what to expect.  It leaves us fans with many questions heading into this season.

Will Chris Coghlin regress from  his Rookie of the Year season? 

Can Anibal Sanchez stay healthy for a full year?

Will Gaby Sanchez be able to hit constantly against Major League pitching?

Cameron Maybin hit .299 in September last year, but had a season batting average of .250.  The Marlins haven’t had a closer go wire to wire in a couple of years.  Sean West has 4.79 ERA after being called up and Chris Volstad’s 2009 season was disappointing at best.

We know what to expect from Hanley, Uggla, Cantu, Johnson, and Ross, but the rest of the roster is a mix of young talent who hasn’t proven themselves in the Major’s yet.  We can not expect the team to not have any struggles and I believe that those struggles will keep the team below the 87 win mark from last season.

We do have some great ammunition; I just don’t think it will be shooting for the playoffs this season.

Michael Lehmann is an avid sports fan and the co-host of FAU’s radio show “The Word on Sports,” every friday at 11:00am.  He can be reach at MikeLeh2000@aol.com