Stu Jackson apologizes to LA

9 06 2008

In what was considered by all and sundry to be a surprise move by the NBA League office of Basketball Operations, Stu Jackson issued an apology to the Los Angeles Lakers over the huge disparity in free throw attempts in game 2 of the NBA Finals at the TD Banknorth Garden at a post game interview with media.

“Clearly, something’s amiss here” Jackson noted. “In a six point game, neither team should have a twenty eight attempt advantage in free throws attempted. There’s definitely something that is remiss about the imbalance. And the office of Basketball Operations apologizes for this inequity.”

We’d like to explore the possibility of repeating the first half of Sunday’s game 2 in order to set this damage straight. The end result of the game has to be the same, but on the 11th of June we will probably be getting the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics to come back to TD Banknorth Garden to replay the first two quarters.”  Jackson stated to the assembled reporters.

When asked what this would achieve, Jackson pointed out that many of those that watched the game felt that the free throw disparity had a major impact on the game.

“We’d like to have a chance to set the record straight, whilst not having an impact on the outcome of the game. We believe that if we hold the first half once more, and work towards having a greater balance of free throw allocation, and yet ensure that the scores remain the same – then everyone can be happy. I’ve spoken to David, and he’s all for it.”

Officials from both the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics were, as yet, not available for comment.

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11 responses

9 06 2008
withmalice

Just in case anyone was wondering (seriously?), yes, this is a satirical commentary.

9 06 2008
brumbygg9

Not sure the Fakers would know what to do…. not a lot of experience at the stripe lately. Maybe they could trade for Leon Powe, he’s had a bit of practice recently!

9 06 2008
withmalice

Yes.
Leon “Lucky” Powe – 13 FT attempts.
Entire “Unlucky” Lakers squad – 10.

Interesting…

9 06 2008
brumbygg9

guess Leon’s not afraid to get in the paint…..

9 06 2008
JONatMVN

This is all well and good, accept that the Celtics were the aggressors on offense and the Lakers were fouling to try and keep up. You could take back the questionable calls and the free throw disparity might have been 20 instead of 28. Wait a minute…that might have changed the outcome! Well, not with Rondo at the line…

10 06 2008
Neil

I must agree with you Don that the free throw disparity was atrocious. Phil Jackson was irate that Powe had more free throws than his entire team. But, LA’s defense in the 2nd and 3rd quarters was suspect and that’s what allowed Boston to take that big lead. You can’t have Powe drive coast to coast for a dunk like he did in the 3rd. At times in the middle of the game, LA just didn’t seem interested. The Lakers should feel good that their shots finally started to fall in the 4th. Sasha, Vlad, and Farmar are all streaky players, and they ended that game pretty hot. If it would have been at Staples, Boston probably would have panicked and lost that entire lead.

Going home, LA has a lot to build on. They are 8-0 there and really have had only 2 tough games, Game 1 against the Spurs and Game 5 against Utah. Most importantly, it’s that their defense will get a boost from the home fans and that will correct the difference in free throws, which definitely was the tipping point in game 2.

10 06 2008
FeetinthePaint

Maybe Vujacic, Vlade, Farmar and Turiaf should stop complaining about referee injustice, man-up and drive to the cup. The Lakers bench is deep, alright — with petulant whiners.

10 06 2008
FeetinthePaint

Haha, I like how you added the post-script, by the way.

10 06 2008
withmalice

Jon – the Lakers played just as hard in the first half as the Celtics, and wound up with a 19-2 FT differential.

Me? Just like to see the players play.

10 06 2008
JONatMVN

I agree with you Don. Even the most conservative estimate of Celtics fans seeking the benefit of the doubt have to acknowledge your point. That’s what I was getting at with my comment.

I should also point out that I’m rooting for the Lakers. I can’t stand KG.

10 06 2008
withmalice

Aaaah gotcha.

Even the most glaringly unbalanced games in a Finals series of recent times – Miami over Dallas, game 5 – had a 49-25 differential. 38-10 is an amazing stat.

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