Are You Ready for Star Time?

The NBA playoffs start tomorrow.

Which means a couple more months of hoops before complete withdrawal symptoms are manifest.

As a primer, understand this: In the NBA, the stars are treated like stars.

LeBron James plays 38 minutes a game. He takes it to the hoop a lot, and is generally on the boards, in his opponent’s face and in the middle of all the action. Plus he’s a big, physical presence.

Yet he commits only 1.72 fouls per game. Since the beginning of March, that’s dropped to 1.3 fouls a contest. In a majority of those games, he committed either one or zero fouls. He hasn’t been called for more than four fouls in a game all year.

To contrast his numbers with other superstars, Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade each average about a foul a game more than Mr. Pro Ball. Even Michael Jordan in his hey day was never protected like LeBron.

So, keep that in mind, as the playoffs wend their inexorable way toward a TV-ready Cavs vs. Lakers final.

– Seedy K

One Comment

  1. cbcard
    Posted April 17, 2009 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    In his entire college and professional career the Big O never committed a single foul. Well, not if you read his facial expression when the rare one was called.

    I watched ESPN top 10 NBA dunks one time on slo-mo on my TiVo. The number of steps ranged from 2 1/2 to 4 1/2. NBA officiating, and therefore the game, is a joke. Riddle me this. What’s a forceout?

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