As far as I am concerned, the NBA has become a joke. And when Furman Bisher, the venerable and highly honored sports columnist from The Atlanta Journal, writes a column that appeared in The Gwinnett Post last week in which he expresses many of the same thoughts and feelings I have about the current state of this league, I know I am in excellent company.
I cannot stand to watch the current pro game that is supposed to pass for the great game of basketball. It is certainly not the game that Dr. Naismith designed. There is more contact in today’s game than there is in many Greco-Roman wrestling matches and basketball was intended to be a non contact sport. I realize that some amount of jostling goes on underneath the basket but not to the extent that it occurs in today’s version of the game. And as I’ve stated several times previously in this column, the officials are blind to what are intended to be rules. Palming the basketball, taking too many steps when driving to the basket, and moving the pivot foot are, apparently, accepted today. What I want to know is when did the rule book change?