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Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  April 26, 2010 02:43 PM

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...That's what NBA commissioner David Stern has been in responding to any type of criticism of the league and its officials or critques of its scheduling practices.

In case you missed it, Stern has been on the war path recently, vituperating Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy for complaining about the officials and the NBA's stretched out playoff schedule, which deprives playoff series of rhythm or flow but gets every game on national TV.

You expect Stern to defend his officials, and coaches like Van Gundy and the Lakers Phil Jackson, both of whom were fined by Stern, are masters of ref baiting. However, Van Gundy has a point on the schedule. There is no reason to have so many days before games, especially when there is no change of venue, and the elongated slate is one reason the NHL playoffs have it all over the NBA's version.

Why do there need to be two days between Game 1 and Game 2 of a first-round playoff series?

 "The Sopranos" came to a quicker conclusion than the NBA first-round. That's definitely not Amazing.
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...That's what the Patriots have when it comes to picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. After all those years of stockpiling picks the way a survivalist does non-perishables the Patriots have just five picks in this year's draft, thanks to Band-aid trades for Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Five picks would be the fewest draft picks in franchise history. (Part of that is attributable to the trimming of the draft to just seven rounds in 1994). Further complicating matters is that two of the Patriots' greatest needs are at wide receiver and cornerback, positions where they have sustained draft droughts. With that in mind, I'm convinced the Patriots are going trade back out of the first round of a quanity-over-quality draft where you're just as likely to pick a Pro Bowl player in the second and third round as you are in the first round.

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