No Chris Bosh Equals No Respect for Toronto Raptors from the NBA’s Referees

March 3rd, 2010 by Stephen Brotherston Leave a reply »

Warning, Rant on NBA Refereeing.

In both of the Toronto Raptors' last two games and, to a lesser extent, versus the Cavaliers, the Raptors have been getting hosed by the referees.

That’s not to say the Raptors played well in those two road losses. Clearly, the Raptors got off to slow starts and showed little fortitude as the games progressed. But some of that poor play was caused by uneven calls from the NBA’s referees.

And whether David Stern wants to admit it or not, the NBA is refereed with an obvious “star” and team expectations bias.

The Raptors without Chris Bosh do not have an established star player to attract foul calls for them. And the Raptors are not one of the “favored” teams when it comes to promoting the league.

One only has to watch NBA-TV to see where the league places the Raptors in terms of importance.  Sometimes it really looks like the league actually forgets about the team north of the border. Okay, they seem to forget about a few other teams as well, but I’ll admit to not paying that much attention to them either.

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