Treatment

Last night I saw LeBron get the ball to the left of the basket, take a few dribbles and stop. After surveying his options while holding the ball for a couple of seconds, he resumed dribbling–a classic double dribble–and no one said a word, on the court or in the booth. It was a conspiracy of silence. Now that I’m looking for such things, it was obvious–much more than Steph’s move against LeBron in a previous game.

Aren’t the referees supposed to be looking for this kind of thing, too? Is this professional basketball, or pro wrestling? Ever since MJ got most of the calls (as LeBron does now), I have contended that the best players are the ones who least need special treatment from the refs.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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