Estratti dal libro che l’NBA non vuole farti leggere!
Già, avete letto bene, l’NBA non vuole farci leggere un libro e sta facendo di tutto per evitare la pubblicazioni di questo manoscritto.
L’autore del libro è Tin Donaghy, ex arbitro NBA, coinvolto in vicende di scommesse sulle partite che lui stesso arbitrava. L’ex arbitro ha dunque scritto un libro che probabilmente non vedrà mai la luce.
Il libro parla dei comportamenti degli arbitri e di come questi venivano influenzati dall’alto (David Stern who?)!
In rete però sono disponibili degli estratti che vi riportiamo qua sotto, dopo il salto!
Tutti gli estratti sono leggibili a questo indirizzo: http://deadspin.com/5392067/excerpts-from-the-book-the-nba-doesnt-want-you-to-read
Vi riporto l’estratto relativo al trattamento delle star NBA:
Relationships between NBA players and referees were generally all over the board-love, hate, and everything in-between. Some players, even very good ones, were targeted by referees and the league because they were too talented for their own good. Raja Bell, formerly of the Phoenix Suns and now a member of the Charlotte Bobcats, was one of those players. A defensive specialist throughout his career, Bell had a reputation for being a “star stopper.” His defensive skills were so razor sharp that he could shut down a superstar, or at least make him work for his points. Kobe Bryantwas often frustrated by Bell’s tenacity on defense. Let’s face it, no one completely shuts down a player of Kobe’s caliber, but Bell could frustrate Kobe, take him out of his game, and interrupt his rhythm.
You would think that the NBA would love a guy who plays such great defense. Think again! Star stoppers hurt the promotion of marquee players. Fans don’t pay high prices to see players like Raja Bell-they pay to see superstars like Kobe Bryant score 40 points. Basketball purists like to see good defense, but the NBA wants the big names to score big points.
If a player of Kobe’s stature collides with the likes of Raja Bell, the call will almost always go for Kobe and against Bell. As part of our ongoing training and game preparation, NBA referees regularly receive game-action video tape from the league office. Over the years, I have reviewed many recorded hours of video involving Raja Bell. The footage I analyzed usually illustrated fouls being called against Bell, rarely for him. The message was subtle but clear-call fouls against the star stopper because he’s hurting the game.