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Rondo, Yao Given Special Treatment in Playoffs’ First Round

Published by on May 2, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

Houston Rockets center Yao Ming got away with everything possible against the Portland Trail Blazers. He was given the star-treatment by the referees, reasoning why Blazers centers Joel Przybilla and Greg Oden were in continuous foul trouble.

Talented, yes, but he was was given more of an opportunity to succeed thanks to the officiating. He camped out in the key for an eternity on offense, which would usually result in a three-second violation. Not on Ming. Oh no, a player of his caliber should never be treated like an ordinary center. Pathetic.

He would use cheap tactics, like grabbing Przybilla’s arm and flail backwards to make it look as if he was being fouled. The referees fell for it time and time again. ...

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