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Thursday, April 29, 2010
Updated: April 30, 12:57 PM ET
Too Short For A Column


Welcome to the NBA -- the National Blaming Association.

Phil Jackson blames the refs for Kevin Durant getting too many calls.

Durant blames Jackson for dissing him.

David Stern blames Jackson for blaming officials and blames HIMSELF for not suspending Jackson in the '80s for blaming the refs.

Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy blames Stern for the playoffs taking so long.

Orlando's Dwight Howard blames the refs for whistling him when other stars go free.

Nugget JR Smith blames his team for playing "selfish"

Nugget Chauncey Billups blames acting coach Adrian Dantley for not being as good a coach as cancer-recovering George Karl.

Mavs owner Mark Cuban blames the NFL for hurting the National Blaming Association ratings with its three-day draft.

Remind me. Is this basketball or The Real Housewives of Orange County?

Meanwhile, in hockey the other night, the Washington Capitals' Eric Belanger gets hit with a stick, loses EIGHT teeth, has an instant root canal in the locker room, comes back out and PLAYS and never says boo.

So new rule, NBA: Unless you have a root canal at halftime, SHUT UP AND PLAY!

Hey Phil, you tried to get in the kid's head. It didn't work.

Hey Kevin, you're a superstar now. You DO get calls. Enjoy.

Hey David, you can pretend you want these people to shut up, but you secretly love fining tall people. Sort of elevator shoes made of $100s.

Hey Stan, would you rather trade schedules with the New Jersey Nets?

Hey Dwight: You have the body of Zeus and an $85 million contract and more free throws than anybody in the league this season not named Durant. Nobody's holding any telethons for you.

Hey J.R Swish, just J.R. Shush: you've only got 10 assists so far. Chauncey has 30. You calling somebody selfish is like Dr. Phil calling somebody bald.

Oh, and hey Nuggets, how about rallying around your coach, who's fighting for his life, instead of giving him more heartache.

And lastly, Mark, tell your players, your coaches and your commissioner to STOP blaming everybody else. Maybe then you'd get more people watching and less people pressing MUTE.

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