are a lot of calls. Sometimes there are few. Sometimes there are none. There
are stretches that are only basketball. These are best. I am the Lakers and you
are the Celtics, and we never stop. At times the game is as free-flowing as a
ballet but charged with competitive feeling and so hard and tough. This is the
type of game the NBA rules try to create. Freedom. Legislated, supervised
freedom. The officials don't exist.
people would be surprised if there were no officials," Garretson says.
"If you had no officials—and you took away the coaches, too—I think you'd
be all right. The players are basically honest. You play hoop, don't you? Are
there any officials when you're playing like that? You get along, don't
without officials in the playground," Isiah says. "I never call a foul.
You call a foul and then you have your 10 minutes of arguing and then maybe
your five minutes of fighting before you can start playing again. It's not
worth it...unless, of course, the score is 9-9 and the game is 10. Then you
call anything and go ahead with the fight."
I have nine
baskets, you have nine baskets. I am sorry. I have to call that illegal zone
defense you are using.
championship is at stake. NBA rules.