Five e-mails that I couldn't help but pass along:
Chicago reader Tom Bacsanyi: "As a Detroit fan, suffering through the conference finals made me hate Dwyane Wade. But in watching the Finals, I realized that Wade was not the object of my hatred, he was the subject. Furthermore, I didn't really hate Wade at all, I hated the way the game was called when he was playing. There simply is no explanation for the Heat winning it all other than poor or manipulated officiating. The three best teams in the league were (in no specific order): San Antonio, Detroit, and Dallas. That NONE of these teams won speaks volumes about the NBA's integrity."
Clover in Syracuse: "I think I farted twice on the couch during this series -- and I was called for two fouls against Dwyane Wade."
Jonathan in Houston: "Am I the only one who was waiting for David Stern to be introduced to the 'No Chance in Hell' music? I was hoping the lights would [go] out and then come on to reveal the entire Heat team bloodied and down on the ground with Mark Cuban and a folding chair waiting behind David Stern. Don't tell me you weren't thinking the same thing."
Chris in Hartford: "OK, I'm sure I'm one of a hundred (thousand?) people e-mailing you this, but name another sport that favors its 'stars' more than the NBA? Can you really imagine Clemens or someone getting an extra 6-12 inches on the strike zone in the World Series just because they are a star? Or perhaps Tom Brady getting the benefit of the doubt (pass interference) on 3-4 passes a game because he's 'Tom Brady'? I honestly think the NBA is much closer to the WWE or something than any other 'professional' sport in the world. As a longtime fan (I actually worked for an NBA team for a couple of years) it makes me sick. ... I no longer want to watch the game much like I don't want to watch the WWE -- its all rigged/fixed.
Josh in Houston: "When the owner of a team has to make a statement publicly to assure the fans that the NBA is not rigged during the NBA Finals, you know there's a real problem in the league. If Stern doesn't realize this now and make some changes, he never will."