It would seem as though the highly desirable sports paradise, where all the rules could be void of the capricious subjectivity that is blatantly obvious in the enforcement of those rules, will not be coming to the National Basketball Association any time soon.
Toronto Raptors’ Coach Dwane Casey was not reticent about pointing this out following the team’s first game playoff loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
The target of Casey’s ire was none other than Aussie hero Matthew Dellavedova. During the game, claimed Casey, Delly set 18 screens to free his teammates up to take shots or otherwise aid the offensive effort. Casey said the Raptors had reviewed the screens set by Dellavedova, offering this assessment, “A lot of them weren’t legal.”
In the star-driven arena that is the NBA, a blue-collar team such as the Raptors rarely receive the benefit of the doubt on close calls, whereas if Delly had resorted to his veteran rule-testing antics against LeBron James, he would have fouled out of the game early in, and depending on James’ whim, could have been suspended for the rest of the series and transported back to Oz.
There is perhaps no other sport than basketball where subjectivity is so omnipresent. Officials have been known to call fouls capriciously, based on incidental contact away from the play on some occasions, whilst on others, ignoring blatant muggings that would be crimes if committed on the street.