TORONTO - It was an incredible contest, but the way Game 6 of the NBA championship ended left a sour taste in my mouth, demonstrating again that the world’s top basketball circuit has the worst officiating in professional North American sports.
If one of those fouls on Manu Ginobili and Danny Green were called, the San Antonio Spurs might win.
Still, no one should be surprised that any controversial calls late in a playoff game are going to go the way of the star-laden Heat.
That’s the way the NBA rolls. Ridiculous, bullcrap reputation calls and non-calls.
If that is LeBron James going up for a three in overtime and Chris Bosh bumps him (and not Green), they call that for sure.
Furthermore, I don’t like the Heat and the way the roster was put together and I don’t like the team’s frontrunner fans who bail with seconds left in a title game. Who do they think they are, Torontonians?
And I would have been more impressed with LeBron if he had stayed in Cleveland and helped the Cavaliers win a title.
* The Heat says it was offended that NBA types were wheeling in the trophy late in Game 6, when the Spurs were leading. Okay, how about LeBron’s new X shoe, which has printed on the sole “2-time champion”? It’s so easy to take offence now. It’s like when I was the Sun’s amateur sports writer and the paper wanted to run a promotion with my picture and the caption: “When you think of amateur sports writing, think of Steve Buffery.” Harsh.
* I don’t care what anyone says. It’s not a good sign that Canadian basketball phenom Andrew Wiggins has decided to pass on playing for Canada at the FIBA under-19 world championships this summer.
The Kansas-bound star says he wants to concentrate on the NCAA season. But what if Canada qualifies for the 2014 world championship? Will he pass on that event to get ready for the NBA season?
Sadly, we’ve seen this before enough times in the past with the national team.
* Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos told me recently that he doesn’t understand why players feel they have to sink to the level of some of those moronic tweeters who criticize them when things aren’t going well.
Even the biggest stars go through bad streaks sometimes. They will get skewered on Twitter, the social media site, and then often fire back, landing them in trouble (hello, Brett Lawrie).
“As much as you try to have thick skin,” Anthopoulos said, “I don’t think you help your cause if you’re reading that stuff every day.”
* Patriots owner Robert Kraft is still griping that Russian president Vladimir Putin stole one of his Super Bowl rings in 2005. When asked about the supposed theft, Putin, clearly bitter about 1867, replied: “The Yanks stole Alaska from us, so that this is payback”, adding that he isn’t afraid of “Noodle Boy’s big-shot legal team.”
* Any charm the world junior hockey championship once had has been officially purged with the announcement that Toronto and Montreal will co-host the 2015 and 2017 tournaments.
Clearly, this event has now become a cash grab. It used to be that the showcase event for the world’s top under-20 hockey players was held in smaller cities and towns with the locals rallying behind the meet in a big way.
The way Toronto supports junior hockey, this city doesn’t deserve to host the tournament.
WEENIE OF THE WEEK
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich: Now, like pretty well everyone else, I like Pop. But that flippant answer he gave following San Antonio’s loss in Game 6, the crack he made about putting his team on a bus, was Tortorellesque. Nobody needs that.