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Rigged or Just Luck?

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I wouldn't say rigged, but I

I wouldn't say rigged, but I think we ALL know the Lakers get the "benefit of the doubt" more-so than other teams in the history of the NBA.

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Benefit of the doubt, except when they try to trade for CP3.

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yeah, but thats more about

yeah, but thats more about sharing the wealth. if the lakers were already selling out games, adding chris paul to them wouldnt boost that much ticket sales or tv ratings since theirs is already preety high. sending him to a team thats in massive need of a bump in revenue would help generate more money for the league. and at the end of the day, thats what david stern cares about.

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The fact that this type of

The fact that this type of officiating is significantly more prevalent with the Lakers (at the time when refs are paying the most attention), and the fact that the league seems to disregard these botched calls leads me to believe that this goes beyond just a bias. The NBA is out to make money, and they stand to lose money if their most storried franchsie does not bring in more veiwers for the playoffs. Think about the press and attention that would come with a Lakers vs. Spurs/Thunder 1st round matchup instead of the Mavs.

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^ well said

^ well said

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Rigged. Never wanted a team

Rigged. Never wanted a team to miss the playoffs more then the Lakers right now.

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You think it's rigged and you

You think it's rigged and you still hope they miss the playoffs?

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Yes? I'm not saying it's

Yes? I'm not saying it's likely, I'm saying that's what I want. F*ck the Lakers, the Celtics too.

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yea i mean i dont think its

yea i mean i dont think its rigged but theres definitely something wrong here lol

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The only one of these games I

The only one of these games I watched live was the Kings one. And it was definitely as bad as they made it look in that video. Kobe got a whistle on a supposed shooting foul after the Kings had already rebounded the ball! Then, when Cousins got Dwight in the air, that's a foul call 99 out of 100 times in the NBA. I'm only marginally a Kings fan, but I felt like I'd been punched in the gut after that game was over. It was unbelievable. I'm really surprised DeMarcus Cousins didn't just completely lose his mind and do something crazy. I don't think there are any orders from the NBA office to the refs to give the Lakers all the calls or anything like that. But there doesn't need to be. It's just implied. It's a wink-wink, nod-nod, everyone's on the same page type of thing. That's the way it seems at least.

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It's rigged as much as possible. I know it's easy to say that the NBA would never do anything dishonest, because as we all know, Stern and the owners are the most honest people around. All of their reported losses over the course of the lockout and the "we are so poor, so taxpayers need to put up more money for a new arena or upgrades."

I understand refs are not perfect, but the types of calls the Lakers get or don't get called for are hard to ignore.

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rigged.

definitely rigged. The NBA wants to make money and the Lakers will bring in the most money out of the teams not in

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Wow. Just wow. I always knew

Wow. Just wow. I always knew Lakers got some ridiculous calls, but that's some pretty damning evidence of referees looking the other way or finding fouls when they aren't there to keep this playoff hunt alive.

I know how Cousins feels with that call, pissed off a ref once and you wouldn't believe how "creative" he's been trying to stop my team winning games since then.

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The nba is pretty much wwe.

The nba is pretty much wwe. They have story lines and everything is determined beforehand. There are faces and heels. There are now even tag teams. College Basketball is much better

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Too many

Story lines. 4 real I hate that saying in sports. F a story all I care about is the game man. Lottery is rigged, so a few other things might be too.

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There is always talk about

There is always talk about the lottery being rigged like when Chicago got D-Rose but I always say the Knicks never got a top 3 pick when they were in the lottery with picks they had not traded in recent years. I'd add that the Mavs with a high profile owner like Mark Cuban could rub certain parts of the establishment up the wrong way so they do tend to highlight things when they don't go their way.

I'm fairly neutral as regards the Lakers so I can see the desire from neutrals to see them in the play offs and also the jokes and laughing if they fail to make it.

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There is always talk about

Forgot to add, in any sports there is always a perception that the bigger teams get the marginal calls.

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