Please can we just stop and start over? As rules in the NBA become more and more about one on one and pick and roll play, it is mind-numbing to watch how certain calls (moving screens, for example) can be made every time down the floor (but seem to really be common when the home team is behind and needs the ball back from the visitors). How many great games are terminally influenced by that whistle on the most crucial of possessions? And how many seem to go in favor of a particular team, then the next trip down at the other end the same illegal screen is set and...nothing. Please, no more.
Watching Melo, Howard (and others) play in the post, you will see them lower their shoulder and bump the defender in the chest. The defender is forced to back off (bounce off), only to get another shot in the chest. If the defender holds his ground and pushes back to offset the bump...the whistle blows on the defender. What the heck is the guy supposed to do? I have seen Howard do this three times in succession...ending up right under the basket for a dunk.
In addition to post play ridiculousness, lets not forget the ever nauseating trend of guys hurling their body into defenders who are retreating, jumping straight up, or obviously not causing the contact. This has to stop. Tyson Chandler can jump straight up, and when a guy hurls into him its not a foul. Garnett can do the same and is whistled immediately. Asik hammered Reggie jackson on the last play of game 4 in oKC...no call cause he was "vertical", though he actually jumped into Jackson. So why, if we determine that the "hurler" is causing the contact in THAT case, can we not do it on the perimeter too? The Kobe head fake and jump into a defender is fine as long as the defender is jumping AT him, but its gotten so that even if a defender gets airborne 4 feet away from a shooter or penetrator, that the shooter can launch himself into the defender and get a call. This is dangerous, and continues to reward (IMO) non-basketball plays. How exciting it is to see teams shooting 40 freethrows. There is no rhythm to the game anymore, and we need to quit rewarding flailing and flopping on both ends. I've seem some ungodly reffing this year, but I have to say that it is really tough be consistent when the players are yelling, flopping, and creating contact on every play.
In the past, you rarely saw players trying to draw contact as much as you do now...not even close. Hence, the game has become roller derby with a hoop..and its not pretty. The more that refs need to increase their role, the more possibility for both corruption and over-influence. The NBA needs to start calling more fouls on offensive players causing contact like described above. Only then (IMO) will the game become more dictated by crisp movement and passing like it was meant to be.