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suns fan weighs in

Take it from a die-hard PHX fan since the Connie Hawkins days of dealing with playing the Lakers in the West division and Western Conference playoff system season after season.  There is a different set of officiating for LA basketball. There's way more broadcast revenue and sponsor powered upside from a Laker Championship than any other US market. The closest is the Celtic Basketball nation, but there is just no way the Lakers out-muscle the Celtics 4 to 1 on the offensive boards in game seven without some leniency from NBA officiating. I don't believe the Lakers wanted it FOUR TIMES MORE than Boston in this series. I DO believe LA puts on a clinic when it comes to exploiting holding, hooking, and flat out hand slapping moves that they KNOW will not be called in playoff basketball.  No other NBA team has figured this out better than LA. I don't call this a conspiracy, but it is clearly a favoritism that goes to the Lakers and Kobe Bryant year after year.

Yes, Ray missed way too many shots. Yes, Perkins was missed under the boards. Yes, the Celtics let the Lakers hang around too late into the final game, before the collapse. However, no other team gets the red carpet treatment from NBA officiating like LA. No other player gets to drag and move his pivot foot, gets extra hops to the basket AFTER the dribble than Kobe. (And Gasol's catch and re-shooting his own blocked shot AFTER he clearly landed back on the floor in the 4th last year illuminates this assertion). Call it whatever you want to, the Lakers are Champs, BUT, it is too bad NBA owners can't put the pressure on Stern and say "We want to review the officiating in this league specifically regarding the LA Lakers. I know this is more of an ongoing issue for Western Conference teams like the Suns, but after last night's game 7, Celtic Nation should consider how this NBA tilt to LA hurts everyone sooner or later. And yeah, it's too bad, I was pulling for Boston.

Take it from a die-hard PHX fan since the Connie Hawkins days of dealing with playing the Lakers in the West division and Western Conference playoff system season after season.  There is a different set of officiating for LA basketball. There's way more broadcast revenue and sponsor powered upside from a Laker Championship than any other US market. The closest is the Celtic Basketball nation, but there is just no way the Lakers out-muscle the Celtics 4 to 1 on the offensive boards in game seven without some leniency from NBA officiating. I don't believe the Lakers wanted it FOUR TIMES MORE than Boston in this series. I DO believe LA puts on a clinic when it comes to exploiting holding, hooking, and flat out hand slapping moves that they KNOW will not be called in playoff basketball.  No other NBA team has figured this out better than LA. I don't call this a conspiracy, but it is clearly a favoritism that goes to the Lakers and Kobe Bryant year after year.

Yes, Ray missed way too many shots. Yes, Perkins was missed under the boards. Yes, the Celtics let the Lakers hang around too late into the final game, before the collapse. However, no other team gets the red carpet treatment from NBA officiating like LA. No other player gets to drag and move his pivot foot, gets extra hops to the basket AFTER the dribble than Kobe. (And Gasol's catch and re-shooting his own blocked shot AFTER he clearly landed back on the floor in the 4th last year illuminates this assertion). Call it whatever you want to, the Lakers are Champs, BUT, it is too bad NBA owners can't put the pressure on Stern and say "We want to review the officiating in this league specifically regarding the LA Lakers. I know this is more of an ongoing issue for Western Conference teams like the Suns, but after last night's game 7, Celtic Nation should consider how this NBA tilt to LA hurts everyone sooner or later. And yeah, it's too bad, I was pulling for Boston.

Be respectful and keep it clean. Thanks.

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