I’m not a fan of the NBA (National Basketball Association). I watched game 2 of the Western Conference Finals last night. A matchup consisting of the Golden State Warriors vs. the Houston Rockets. This matchup features the MVP, Stephen Curry and the runner-up MVP, James Harden. Now, being from the Bay Area of California I am rooting on the Warriors. Yet, after watching game 2 I realized why I enjoy hockey more than basketball. In hockey, while you cannot interfere with a player without the puck, you can body check or hit a player with the puck or the last one to touch the puck. Yet, in basketball you cannot make contact with another player regardless. I saw the Rockets players routinely going hard towards the basket and running over the defending Warriors player and the Warriors player was called for a foul. Now, this happened on both sides, but the Warriors were called on fouls more often. A defending player cannot apparently simply stand his ground and impede a player going for the net. This is supposed to result in a charging call, but it doesn’t seem to be called that way.
Players are also not supposed to take more than two steps after they have stopped dribbling the ball. This rule of the NBA doesn’t seem to be called anymore either. I saw players from both teams taking as many as 5 and 6 steps without dribbling the ball. So, I can now understand why that NBA head coaches are routinely fined for complaining about the officiating in the league. So, I am not going to waste any further time watching the NBA playoffs this year or any other year. I will stick to watching the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs this time of year. This is just my personal opinion and choice.