Centers' Little Helper

Dennis Hans, unrenowned former adjunct professor of mass comm and American foreign policy, relentlessly exposed the Bush administration’s “techniques of deceit” BEFORE the Iraq war, when it could have made a difference (see links). For decades he has fought baseball’s discrimination against lefthanded infielders and promoted his ingenious clockwise solution. A lifelong advocate for a flowing, non-brutal, flop-free NBA, he now champions the cause of its second-class citizens: the centers.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Incompetent Officiating, Part I:
Self-blinded refs have Dwight’s UMP back

In one respect, Orlando’s 90-to-80 loss to Boston on TNT January 22 was like many Magic games this season: star center Dwight Howard “set” perhaps 15-to-20 UMPs.

An UMP is an uncalled moving pick. I place “set” in quotation marks because Howard — and many other modern screeners — operates under the assumption that one need not be set when setting a pick. Howard’s body language is that of an NFL H-back protecting his quarterback. His body is alive, ready to move left or right to block the onrushing foe.

On a standard Magic play Howard will come out near the three-point arc and wait for a teammate to activate the pick-and-roll by dribbling along a path slightly to Howard’s left or right. As the dribbler’s defender starts moving laterally, Howard will step, slide or extend a forearm into the defender’s path. Heck, sometimes he does all three on the same pick. That’s a TRUMP, or triple uncalled moving pick.

If Howard can obstruct the defender with a legal stationary screen, he’ll do so. But if he has to move left to prevent the defender from getting “over” the screen cleanly, he’ll do that. If he has to slide right to prevent the defender from going “under” the screen cleanly and picking up the dribbler on the other side, Howard often will roll to the basket before the defender has a chance to get past him. Those are obvious fouls, but we can forgive Howard for thinking that both tactics are perfectly legal given that he draws so few whistles — maybe one for every 40 moving picks.

Of course, two can play this game, so sometimes it’s a Magic player taking UMP lumps. On January 24, backup point guard Anthony Johnson was on the receiving end of a different kind of TRUMP, as Miami’s Jamaal Magloire clipped him with three consecutive single UMPs on the same possession, starting at 9:03 of the second quarter. On each occasion he made a late lateral move to obstruct AJ. The first freed Chris Quinn for a jumper, and when the Heat retrieved the miss and kicked it back to Quinn, Magloire executed two more UMPs, the second of which drew a whistle. On Johnson, who had the unmitigated gall to negate the effect of the illegal moving pick by grabbing Quinn.

A fascinating aspect of this epidemic of UMPing is that it takes place out in the open, at a leisurely pace, with one or more refs staring at the play. It’s impossible to miss — unless you’ve been trained to miss it.

Back when the NBA operated with two sighted refs rather than three blind ones, such blatant moving picks would draw whistles. Actually, they would rarely be attempted, because players would know from experience that Richie Powers, Mendy Rudolph, Earl Strom or Jake O’Donnell — and even the run-of-the-mill refs — would catch nearly all of the obvious moving picks and many of the subtle ones.

Modern refs suffer from a peculiar form of blindness: self-blindness. You see, the geniuses who run the NBA have decided that the best way to officiate is to watch only the defender. So while I’m observing Howard (or Kevin Garnett) moving four-feet laterally on a pick, Bob Delaney is zeroed in on the defender to see if he’s doing anything nefarious to the dribbler as he maneuvers around the moving pick that Delaney has been trained not to see.

This criticism is not aimed at Howard, nor at the refs, most of whom, maybe all, would do perfectly fine if properly trained. It’s aimed at the people at the top who are responsible for how the rules are interpreted and how the refs are taught to enforce them.

If David Stern, Stu Jackson and Ronnie Nunn ran security for banks and 7-Eleven stores, the security cameras would be aimed exclusively at the clerk behind the counter. Far better to record on tape his or her frightened reaction than such irrelevant information as the face, size, body movement and weapon of the robber.


At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Kevin said...

Your analogy would work if David Stern, Stu Jackson and Ronnie Nunn were intentionally ignoring the perp in an effort to generate interest in the 7 Eleven.

It's been kicked around quite a bit that the moving screen was essentially allowed just as the defensive contact has been inhibited to facilitate gaudy offensive stats from the NBA's slashers in a post-Jordan league. It's just another reason why Jordan's idolization has done more than harm than good for the NBA. There's a reason you don't worship a golden calf - even if it is shiny and cool to look at.

At 4:28 AM, Anonymous Novio Magus said...

I dont quite agree with Kevin. The defensive contact that he speaks of were just uncalled fouls.
On moving screens I would include the dribbler as the guilty party. I learned that you have to 'direct' the defender onto the screen and your shoulder has to brush the screeners shoulder. If executed that way there is no need for the screener to move an inch.
On officiating in general: depending on ones philosophy one can get annoyed over things like palming, travelling, ump's etc for being errors that a referee must call. If ones philosophy is that a referee has to make sure the game is played in fairness and call mainly those actions that put one team in a advantageous position, one is less annoyed over 'misses calls'.
To me it depends on what you put first: the game or the rules.

Novio Magus

At 3:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi !.
You may , probably curious to know how one can manage to receive high yields .
There is no need to invest much at first. You may commense earning with as small sum of money as 20-100 dollars.

AimTrust is what you thought of all the time
The firm incorporates an offshore structure with advanced asset management technologies in production and delivery of pipes for oil and gas.

Its head office is in Panama with offices everywhere: In USA, Canada, Cyprus.
Do you want to become a happy investor?
That`s your choice That`s what you wish in the long run!

I feel good, I began to take up income with the help of this company,
and I invite you to do the same. It`s all about how to choose a proper companion who uses your funds in a right way - that`s it!.
I take now up to 2G every day, and my first deposit was 1 grand only!
It`s easy to join , just click this link
and lucky you`re! Let`s take this option together to become rich

At 7:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

At 3:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

At 9:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

At 9:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

top [url=]uk bonus casino[/url] brake the latest [url=]casino[/url] free no set aside bonus at the leading [url=]

At 12:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

[url=]chanel bags[/url]
[url=]chanel bag[/url]
[url=]chanel bags outlet[/url]
[url=]chanel handbags[/url]
[url=]chanel bags uk[/url]
[url=]chanel handbags uk[/url]
[url=]chanel outlet[/url]
[url=]chanel outlet uk[/url]
[url=]chanel online[/url]
[url=]cheap chanel bags[/url]

At 10:35 PM, Blogger oakleyses said...

longchamp outlet online, burberry outlet online, michael kors outlet online, christian louboutin shoes, longchamp handbags, ray ban outlet, michael kors outlet online, louis vuitton outlet, oakley vault, chanel handbags, nike air max, louboutin shoes, kate spade handbags, prada handbags, louis vuitton handbags, coach outlet store online, kate spade outlet online, christian louboutin outlet, longchamp outlet, nike free, gucci handbags, louis vuitton outlet online, polo ralph lauren, louis vuitton outlet, oakley sunglasses, tiffany and co jewelry, michael kors outlet online, cheap oakley sunglasses, michael kors outlet, tiffany jewelry, burberry outlet online, ray ban sunglasses, coach outlet, louis vuitton, michael kors outlet online, prada outlet, coach purses, jordan shoes, nike shoes, tory burch outlet, nike air max, red bottom shoes, polo ralph lauren outlet, michael kors outlet store, coach outlet

At 10:36 PM, Blogger oakleyses said...

oakley pas cher, hollister, timberland, air max, nike roshe, true religion outlet, air max pas cher, sac vanessa bruno, ralph lauren pas cher, abercrombie and fitch, new balance pas cher, north face pas cher, chaussure louboutin, hollister, longchamp pas cher, hermes pas cher, nike roshe run, lululemon, barbour, nike air force, vans pas cher, air jordan, nike blazer pas cher, michael kors canada, nike air max, louis vuitton pas cher, ray ban pas cher, guess pas cher, nike free pas cher, louis vuitton uk, nike trainers, nike free, scarpe hogan, nike air max, true religion, longchamp, ray ban uk, north face, ralph lauren, sac louis vuitton, tn pas cher, converse pas cher, burberry pas cher, nike huarache, true religion outlet, louis vuitton, mulberry, sac michael kors, lacoste pas cher, michael kors uk

At 10:38 PM, Blogger oakleyses said...

insanity workout, mac cosmetics, vans outlet, ghd, moncler, moncler, wedding dresses, moncler outlet, abercrombie and fitch, jimmy choo shoes, north face outlet, instyler ionic styler, north face jackets, roshe run, canada goose pas cher, new balance outlet, uggs outlet, rolex watches, asics shoes, ugg outlet, soccer shoes, canada goose uk, herve leger, birkin bag, longchamp, canada goose, reebok shoes, canada goose outlet, valentino shoes, canada goose outlet, ferragamo shoes, nfl jerseys, uggs on sale, p90x workout, soccer jerseys, hollister, lululemon outlet, mcm handbags, ugg soldes, celine handbags, ugg boots, mont blanc pens, canada goose outlet, chi flat iron, bottega veneta, marc jacobs outlet, ugg, beats headphones, giuseppe zanotti, babyliss pro

At 5:55 AM, Blogger sunny li said...

christian louboutin
christian louboutin
christian louboutin
christian louboutin shoes
louboutin outlet
christian louboutin outlet
louis vuitton
michael kors
christian louboutin outlet
cheap oakleys
cheap oakleys
canada goose outlet
cheap canada goose
buy canada goose
canada goose store
canada goose jackets
coach outlet store online
canada goose
michael kors
michael kors
cheap nfl jerseys
nfl jerseys
nfl jerseys factory
cheap oakley sunglasses
coach outlet online
polo ralph lauren
ralph lauren
ralph lauren outlet
michael kors outlet
louis vuitton luxury
louis vuitton
louis vuitton handbags
gucci outlet
louis vuitton outlet
sac louis vuitton
canada goose jackets
canada goose outlet
canada goose sale
louis vuitton outlet
louis vuitton outlet
moncler outlet

At 5:59 AM, Blogger sunny li said...

cheap nfl jerseys
nfl jerseys
nfl jerseys factory
cheap oakley sunglasses
coach outlet online
ralph lauren
polo ralph lauren
ralph lauren outlet online
michael kors outlet online
louis vuitton luxury
louis vuitton us
louis vuitton handbags uk
gucci handbags
louis vuitton outlet
sac louis vuitton
canada goose jackets outlet
canada goose
canada goose sale online
louis vuitton outlet online
louis vuitton outlet online
moncler outlet online
ray ban sunglasses
canada goose jackor
nike skor
prada outlet
louis vuitton online
louis vuitton online shop

At 1:36 AM, Blogger Minko Chen said...

ugg boots clearance,ugg australia,uggs on sale,ugg slippers,uggs boots,uggs outlet,ugg boots,ugg,uggs
rolex watches,rolex,watches for men,watches for women,omega watches,replica watches,rolex watches for sale,rolex replica,rolex watch,cartier watches,rolex submariner,fake rolex,rolex replica watches,replica rolex
nike air huarache
true religion uk outlet
nike outlet store
prada sneakers
kate spade uk outlet
michael kors uk
oakley sunglasses sale
oakley canada
hermes birkin bag
louis vuitton outlet store
burberry outlet store
nike air max
air jordan shoes for sale
polo shirts
cheap wedding dresses
beats headphones
longchamp handbags
true religion outlet

At 1:43 AM, Blogger Minko Chen said...

camisetas futbol baratas
coach handbags outlet
lebron shoes
tory burch sale
air max 90
fred perry polo shirts
uggs outlet
ugg boots
coach outlet store
lacoste shirts
michael kors outlet online
michael kors factory store
ferragamo outlet
tiffany and co
canada goose jackets
tods outlet
vans shoes
chanel outlet store
chanel handbags outlet


Post a Comment

<< Home