The Houston Rockets Had A Hootin', Hollerin' Good Time Watching Andre Roberson Brick Crunch Time Free Throws
I'll tell you what. I don't know Adam Joseph from the next stick-in-the-mud beat writer with two first names (red flag city), but - if openly finding botched free throws that are greatly increasingly your team's chances of winning an NBA playoff game hilarious is what he files under "disrespectful" then he must be a barrel of laughs in the press box. Deeming the age old practice of distracting a foul shooter "unprofessional" is a wild opinion from someone that makes their living covering sports, never mind a league that's just as concerned about their entertainment value as they are their athletic prowess. If he believes that type of virtually harmless behavior is detrimental to the brand then I can't imagine what he thought about the everything else that took place during the closing minutes of Game 4 between the Rockets and the Thunder. Not only because watching Houston's bench go full-hyena was objectively funny, but because it was just about the most professional thing that took place throughout the closing moments of the game,
You want to talk unprofessional? How about the hack-a-whoever strategy that slowed a postseason game between the the two leading MVP candidates to a snail's pace? How about Andre Roberson being so goddamn terrible at a fundamental skill that when he steps to the charity stripe his opponent is quicker to 'LOL' than a white person at a Dave Chappelle special? How about that same, offensively inept wing player forcing his point guard into a crucial late game turnover because he was flat out scared of taking the most open jump shot of all time? Andre Roberson's crunch time performance was that of a borderline D-Leaguer, so maybe an unprofessional reaction from the team that benefited from it was the most fitting of response.
You want to talk disrespectful? Pretty sure Drazen Petrovich would roll over in his grave if he saw James Harden and Russell Westbrook turn flopping and aimless prayers from beyond the arc into a sustainable form of offense. Disrespectful? The fact that the Oklahoma City Thunder let the Rockets take the ball from their own end line to halfway through a lay-up before committing a clearly necessary intentional foul is flat out offensive to even the most casual of viewer.
The final minutes of yesterday's game were basically a "what's what?" of all the things that currently plague the NBA, so how could I blame the Rockets' bench for mocking some laughable execution when I was doing the same damn thing?