Sunday , May , 03 , 2009 Oly Sandor

Are LeBron James and Cleveland Karma for Josh Smith and Atlanta?

Karma doesn’t apply to the NBA. If this Buddhist belief system really existed in the world of pro hoops, Josh Smith would’ve been punished for his through-the-leg shenanigans with a loss on Sunday. But Smith and the Hawks won the deciding game seven and advanced to the second round, while the Heat was sent fishing …


Are LeBron James and Cleveland Karma for Josh Smith and Atlanta?Breaking NBA news mixed with analysis … 

Their News: "Joe Johnson drained six of his eight attempts from three-point range, and the Atlanta Hawks finished off a series filled with blowout wins with a 91-78 drubbing of the Miami Heat in the deciding Game 7 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal matchup." (The Sports Network)

Our Quick Analysis:“For every event another will follow whose existence will be pleasant or unpleasant depending on its cause.” (The definition of Karma)

Karma doesn’t apply to the NBA.

If this Buddhist belief system really existed in the world of pro hoops, Josh Smith would’ve been punished for his through-the-leg shenanigans with a loss on Sunday. But Smith and the Hawks won the deciding game seven and advanced to the second round, while the Heat was sent fishing.

The incident occurred late in game five with Atlanta comfortably ahead. The forward missed an acrobatic dunk attempt, which Miami and many basketball fans interpreted as disrespectful.


(The game five miss heard around the world.)

And Smith was caught in another controversy. Only now, after four years in the show, age wasn’t an excuse.

Common sense was always an issue. For years, Smith has clashed with Hawk coach Mike Woodson, garnering suspensions and national headlines. Unfortunately, poor choices like Wednesday’s dunk attempt have overshadowed his tremendous talent. 

Smith, to be fair, apologized to Spoelstra before game six and tried explaining the dunk attempt.

"That was for our fans. They’ve been great to us all season and they were out in full force. I was rewarding them for helping us get the win." (Toronto Sun)

Whether you agree or disagree with his explanation, Smith and the Hawks now face LeBron James and a well-rested Cavalier side. Perhaps, Karma does exist in the NBA.

What are your thoughts on Smith’s dunk attempt and the Hawks game seven win? How will Atlanta do against Cleveland in round two? Get at us in the comment box below. Photo courtesy of Ku.