The National Basketball Association playoffs start this coming weekend, running until the finals in early June. In recent years, the NBA has been heavily criticized for the quality of its referees, with many fans suggesting that the league is biased towards larger-market, more popular teams, like the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics. For example, many observers criticized "unfair" refereeing helping the Lakers in 2002 against the Sacramento Kings, and the Miami Heat against the Dallas Mavericks in the 2006 finals.
A few months ago, The New York Times had an excellent piece on Bill Belichick, the New England Patriots coach who rejected a team doctor's advice and put a player through full contact practice (the linebacker now has brain injuries). Today, on the front page of The Wall Street Journal, Peter Waldman has a good article on the feud between Golden State Warriors coach Don Nelson and his former boss, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.