With the excitment the of the 2008 NBA playoffs, from Chris Paul's amazing debut against the Dallas Mavericks and now the San Antonio Spurs to the Hawks' near miracle against the Celtics in the first round, one thing the playoffs have brough most is....flagrant fouls.
What happened to the good days of Kurt Rambis, Rick Mahorn, and Kevin McHale giving hard fouls to prove there's a difference between the regular season and the Playoffs. Isn't that what made Michael Jordan's victory over Detroit in 1991 so special? Nowadays, you can't get near Tony Parker or Manu Ginobli without a whistle being blown, and if a player doesn't land on his feet after getting fouled, someone is being thrown out the game. Joker says "The NBA is way too soft. Let the grown men play out there. You don't foul people to let them get And 1's; you foul to prevent the basket. Let's toughen up guys." Of course my opinion is not always right, and I am happy to view other responses. Let me know your thoughts!