As many of you know, I live for NBA basketball. But I know that there are plenty of people out there who live for NBA basketball even more than I do. So when I decided I wanted to have a weekly NBA column here on the site, I knew just who to go to!!

So, welcome to the first edition of “Roundball Soundoff”. It’s written by my buddy Jay, who runs the excellent “Brink of Sanity” podcast as well as a New York Knicks podcast (and God, bless him for that). Jay will be alternating columns every week with my friend Khendra, offering commentary on happenings within the league. Enjoy and please leave feedback in the comments section!

• The preferential treatment of stars by refs has to stop. Earlier in the game Nate Robinson got a technical after a foul was called on him by slightly raising his palms up. No words and no facial expressions. In the 4th quarter LeBron gets called for a foul and looks right at the ref and yells ‘Are you kidding me?’ three times. There has to be some consistency in these calls. I know people want to see the stars on the court but fouls and technicals need be called equally for everyone unless the NBA’s goal is to become the WWE. Also, does Erik Spoelstra have fake teeth? Because no human beings’ teeth are that white.
• Landry Fields is under a lot of people’s radars right now, but he’s quietly become a top 3 rookie so far this year.
• Boston has Miami’s number this year and as currently constructed, barring injuries, I don’t see that changing for the playoffs.
• Why do GM’s always pick the ‘big man with potential’ over the ‘sure thing’? Greg Oden is out for the year….for the 3rd time in 4 years. In 2009 we saw Hasheem Thabeet drafted at #2; who ended up in the D league within months. From 2001-2003 the #1 draft picks were Kwame Brown, Darko Milicic and Yao Ming.
Darko is playing well this season but all can be considered busts at the #1 pick. I get the allure of taking a chance at a big man and looking like a genius, but the majority of the time it just doesn’t work.
• Most people are writing them off, but the Phoenix Suns are going to be better than everyone expects this year.

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