An NBA Rule Absurity - Page 2
Secondly, this rule was potentially put in place to allow the loosing team a false sense of hope in the waining moments of a close game. There is good reason for a team to have a sense of hope, as several teams have gone on to win titles because of this crazy-ass rule, the Bulls and Lakers are prime examples. But this year, the Heat lost a few close games to the Mavericks in the final seconds because they couldn’t capitalize on the mid-court possession. LeBron couldn’t close out his game or was it Wade’s game, no actually it was Dirk’s.
The third potential reason for this absurd rule is to manufacture drama, which in turn manufactures excitement, going back to my first proposition. Maybe I’ve come full circle here, but drama doesn’t always equal excitement. Everyone that I talk to says they don’t like drama, so why would the NBA want to create more of something no one likes. Because the kind of drama that is manifesting itself within the confines of the NBA is magic, because the NBA is where drama happens, and excitement...and basketball ball.
What all this boils down to, like most philosophies, the philosophers (NBA) had no idea what they were creating at the time with such a rule, it just happened. And like many things that “just happen” it turns into pure gold. Even if the gold leaves a bitter taste in your mouth from time to time.
Now on to the second question: Do other sports have a ridiculous rules?