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The NBA: Where Gambling Happens

Upon hearing the breaking news that Tim Donaghy told federal investigators that he believes certain NBA playoff contests have been rigged, I immediately thought of the 2002 Lakers/Kings playoff series and sure enough, that's exactly one of the series in question (I remember because Ralph Nader publicly asked the league to review the officiating because of the Game 6 travesty.)

Anywho, after reading an article or two on the subject I dialed up YouTube and searched for highlights of the infamous Game 6.  I can't find a damn thing.  I'm not at the conspiracy stage yet, but if anyone can find a link to some video from the game, please leave it in the comment section.

Finally, I think it is high time for David Stern to step down as NBA Commissioner.  His 8-minute pre-game interview was stunning in its casual dismissal of heretofore unknown revelations about numerous allegations in the Donaghy case.  Did you know that members of the US Congress had been briefed on the situation?  Did you know that playoff rigging concerns had been relayed to the FBI?  Stern's (and the NBA's) response to this monkey-business is a text-book study in non-denial denials.  He attacked Donaghy as lacking credibility (he may) and he did not address any specific charges.  Between the Donaghy business, the Seattle relocation, and the Gasol/Kidd trades, Stern hasn't exactly been running the smoothest of ships of late.  I get that he makes his owners lots of money, but it is getting harder and harder to ignore the ways in which his lack of oversight is affecting the on-court product.  He's been a great Commissioner and I'll always be grateful for what he has done to bring the game to the prominence it enjoys today (especially internationally), but it's time for some new ideas.

Poor officiating has always been the big elephant in the NBA's room.  The saddest thing of all about Donaghy's latest accusations is that I wholeheartedly believe them in regards to the Lakers/Kings series.  I love the game but I have my doubts as to the fairness of some of the league's outcomes.

Oh, one more thing: as if on cue, following Phil Jackson's public complaints about the refereeing, the Lakers out shot the Celts at the line by a total of 34-22.  I'm not saying it's rigged...rather, sublimely predictable in its boobery.