NBA: Naked Bias Allowed

NBA: Naked Bias Allowed……by old & in the way

FTA’s/Gm.:

Russell Westbrook-9.4

James Harden-8.9

DeMarcus Cousins-8.6

Jimmy Butler-8.0

LeBron James-7.9

Dwight Howard-7.8

Kobe Bryant-7.3

Blake Griffin-7.2

Kevin Durant-7.0

MG9 brought to my attention something which I had not noticed previously and that is that Jeremy Lin, our Jeremy Lin, the one and only Jeremy Lin has been called for more fouls than any other player on the Los Angeles Leakers. Both Jeremy and Carlos Boozer have been called for an average of 2.9 fouls per game. But since Jeremy has played in one more game than Carlos that would multiply out to 3 more total fouls called against him. Neither Carlos nor Jeremy have fared very well when it comes to having fouls called in their favor. Jeremy has averaged a mere 2.9 fta/gm this season and Carlos has been treated even worse with only 2.4 fta/gm. while playing an interior position albeit he does play away from the basket frequently. It is well known that Jeremy is almost literally assaulted every time he drives the lane. Yet he rarely gets the benefit of foul calls on his drives to the basket. Rarely and I do mean rarely…virtually never even though he is rather routinely pounded by the defender and knocked to the ground without the referee’s whistle uttering a sound at all. And, of course, the fact that the defender can count on the likelihood that Jeremy won’t get the foul call just exacerbates the problem and makes them foul him harder and more often. Other players like James Harden, a prime example, get fouls called in their favor from minimal contact and sometimes phantom contact. The players listed above, whom I will sarcastically refer to in this piece as the benign nine, are those players in the league who average 7 or more fta’s per game. The two players at the top of this list, Russell Westbrook and James Harden, have mundane if not poor shooting percentages and would not average nearly as many points as they do without all the foul shots they are awarded. Russell Westbrook shoots 43% overall, but only 25% on 3’s and 46% on 2’s. James Harden shoots 44% overall, 36% on 3’s and 48% on 2’s. Jeremy Lin shoots 44% overall, 36% on 3’s and 48% on 2’s. The only real difference between these 3 players is the generous amount of free throws given to the former two and the paltry amount given to Jeremy Lin. Lin is certainly a much better defender than Harden. I don’t know how good a defender Russell Westbrook is. Both Harden and Westbrook have the ball in their hands much of the time when their teams are on offense. Jeremy has seldom been allowed to run the offense on any of the NBA teams he has played for with the exception of the Linsanity period in 2012 with the New York Knicks under MDA. All of us already know about the legacy of Kobe Bryant and the myths that surround him, but take a good look at the hard numbers that he has produced so far during this 2014-15 season: shooting 38% overall, 29% on 3’s, 40% on 2’s and, of course, those 7.3 fta’s per game. Without the 7.3 fta’s his year would be even more dire than it has been up to now.

The only member of the benign nine who isn’t already considered to be an elite player is Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls. The padded fta’s may just reflect this status of being considered elite. Or it may be that all of these benign nine have the offense flow through them often and are thus the center of more defensive attention. Or maybe there is the ball-hog factor which causes defenders to have a greater opportunity to foul them. Probably all of these factors come into play at times. But I also think that it stretches the credibility of the league and one’s own credibility and levels of gullibility and naivete to imagine that these players are being fouled any more often than everyone else in the league. It is gullible and naive to believe this in a league that features players like Patrick Beverley of the Houston Rockets, who in my view is a borderline dirty player, who employs a risky, reckless, dangerous and often ineffective defensive style that has lead to many other players accusing him of deliberately trying to injure them. In fact his rough style of play has lead to multiple injuries to his own body and caused him to miss many games. And so in a league in which many players go beyond the rules to get away with as much as they can as often as they can I think it is highly likely that many players are getting fouled as often as the above members of the benign nine. This most assuredly includes and then some our beloved Jeremy Lin who seems to me to be the league leader in fouls against a player that are not called. It is really too bad that this stat is not being calculated by NBA statisticians. On the average fouls against Jeremy per game not being called must be approaching double digits since in the NBA naked bias allowed is the status quo, the modus operandi, par for the course day after day after day and game after game after game. There is no doubt about it. Not now or ever. Officiating bias is only one of the ways in the NBA in which naked bias is allowed all day every day.

  • MrPingPong

    Boozer’s PF number does not surprise me. He is known for bad defense for years. I don’t recall seeing any bogus foul call on Boozer. He is just bad on defense.

    As to Lin, just go to Youtube and search for “bogus foul call on Jeremy Lin” and you will find tons of videos showing bogus calls as well as non-calls on Lin. It’s Linsane how biased the refs are against Lin.

    • That’s right, MrPingPong. Boozer deserves the calls that he gets, whereas calls on Lin has to do with refs being biased against Lin thinking that an undrafted Asian American player from Harvard can’t possibly guard. So they just assume that Lin MUST have fouled a lot of the times when Lin didn’t even tough anyone. Just one of the many obstacles that Lin has to deal with every game. Thanks for writing about it, “old & in the way”.

    • Gary Teng

      Dear old and in the way,

      Another great post! 🙂

      I find that one of the reasons Lin tends to get more foul calls is because he always gives 120% in defense. He not only defends his counterpart PG faithfully, but also consistently assists his lazy teammates in defense.

      In one interesting incidence in the Lakers vs. Clippers 4 days ago, Lin seemed to intentionally foul Blake Griffin by holding his whole body so Lin could get his 4th fouls and was subsequently put on the bench by BS. I suspected that Lin decided that it was just a waste of time playing with ColdBrick on the court simultaneously.

      Lin’s basketball EQ is getting better and better all the time. 🙂

  • MrPingPong

    Hello Lin fans/non-fans! Just my usual game day conversation, trying to keep Old & In company here…

    So it’s the East bottom feeder Orlando Magic vs the West bottom feeder LA Lakers tonight in LA. At the time of this writing, it looks like Price will be good to go, and so it’s back to the bench for our man Lin. Whatever the case, Lin will do well tonight. I guarantee tit! 🙂 In my view Lin seems more relaxed these days. He will play the game the way it should be played, that is team ball!

    Speaking of team ball, has anyone been following the Pistons lately? By chance, I caught the last few minutes of the Pistons/Spurs game and a good chunk of the Pistons/Mavs game. The Pistons, after they got rid of Josh Smith, are playing Linsane basketball. They are on a 7-game winning streak, after a dismal start of 5-23. Stan VanGundy, their coach, is one Linsane of a coach. In case you haven’t heard of “Form a F***ing Wall”, check this out:

    http://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2015/1/7/7507759/stan-van-gundy-form-a-fucking-wall-pistons-explainer

    Tonight the Pistons play the Hawks, who are on a 6-game winning streak, also playing Linsane team basketball as of late.

    So as an appetizer to Magic bench vs Lakers bench, may I suggest you watch Pistons vs Hawks at 7:30 PM Eastern time, Old & In? This should fit your very restricted time table and should help keep your blood pressure under control, I guarantee it! 🙂

    • ashley

      Mr. PingPong, you’re right again! Today, Jeremy played an all-around game with 18 points, 3 rebounds, 4 steals, and 6 assists. He also had 5 turnovers, but it was nothing compared the the records of those superstar players. His big 3 pointer at the end of the game had the Lakers’ scoring go over 100 to beat the Magic at 101–84, which got the Lakers fans free tacos. The minor downside was his free throws–he made 5 of 10. His mindset has changed this year. He wasn’t taking it personally about the loss anymore and was playing loose. So far so good for 2015!

      • ashley

        Some corrections: JLin also had 2 blocks. The Lakers won by 17 points, so we got numbers 1 to 8 in Lin’s stats line! Regarding the tacos someone explained on Jeremylin.net: When the Lakers win at home and hold the other team under 100 points, all fans in attendance get a coupon for two free tacos from jack in the box.’

        • MrPingPong

          Yes Ashley, Lin played a complete game with scoring, assists, blocking shots, steals, rebounds, TOs and missing FTs! 🙂

          Half of the TOs I think were on him due to careless (maybe too relaxed) handling and passing of the ball. The others were due to good defense and Lin taking some high risks.

          As to missing FTs, I think it was the cumulative effect of being hit hard by the opposition every time he drove to the basket. As we all see it, half of the time Lin got no call. As a result, the defenders knew they could get away with a lot by going at Lin hard. The reality is the NBA is a full contact sports and the refs are not always impartial. We can we do? 🙂

          Of course, we hear the same things from LOHs: low BB IQ, TO prone, can’t shoot FT, soft as Charmin, scrub player, barely a serviceable bench player, blah blah blah… I am immune to them by now.

  • old & in the way

    Good Morning All:

    With Ko-Bay they are the Leakers. Without him they are much closer to being the Lakers; that is, a basketball TEAM. He should retire and maybe become a Lakers coach. As a player he is a detriment. As a coach he might be useful. “Do as I say not as I do” could be his motto. As the Lakers this team plays a faster, more up-tempo game which better suits their otherwise young roster. They move the ball better, they defend better, they do everything better. And Jeremy even gets to play some point guard (isn’t that amazing!?). Jeremy had a good game overall but his free throw shooting lately has been horrid for reasons which are not clear to me at all. What gives, Jeremy? I am though not concerned about the turn-overs. They are part of the territory of a more up-tempo game. I’m for up-tempo and thus less concerned about TO’s. It was only Orlando…a well rested Orlando but nevertheless Orlando. Still it was an excellent team effort and a step in the right direction for the Lakers. Now if only the Leakers would cease to exist I would be much happier for Jeremy et al.

    • ashley

      Dear Mr. Old,

      Could we get the NBA officials to pay attention to Lin’s situation? The unfair calls could have affected Lin’s play–he seems to be driving to the rim less than before. However, there seemed to be enough fair calls for him in yesterday’s game to show he had gotten rusty with his free throws. Did the female ref for yesterday’s game have to do with the more fair treatment to Lin? Here’s an article about refs’ favoritism toward superstars: http://radiotru.com. It addresses subconsicious racism as the main culprit while throwing doubt at the end on the possibility of conspired rigging as there could be monetary interests involved.

      • old & in the way

        Dear Ashley:

        I don’t know anything about Lauren Holtkamp. I don’t even know her ethnicity. In fact the only place I have ever seen her name is in Friday’s box score. And I haven’t seen any of the video yet from the Orlando game but I am curious to see exactly how Jeremy managed to get 10 fta’s. That is an unusually high figure for him. There is one African-American female referee named Valerie Palmer who is terrible when it comes to biased calls against Jeremy as well as allowing him to be assaulted without calling a foul on the defender. It does seem to me that he has been driving to the basket less this year with the Leakers. My assumption is that this is by design and the decision of KoBay and BS. It could also be because he is trying to protect himself from the pounding he has taken the past 2+ seasons and the fact that he gets so few foul calls in his favor. It may be that he just wants to get through this season and remain healthy so he can pursue free agency next season free of any injury problems.

        I believe that many people have approached the NBA league offices complaining about the biased treatment that Jeremy has received including our own JLintel but to no avail thus far. Another advocate for Jeremy that I specifically know about is a man named Ito Amir who posted on another site I use to frequent but no longer do due to an abundance of haters and trolls at that other site. Now I only come here for the intelligent content and lack of haters, trolls and negativity. But Ito Amir is famous for his tweets to league offices criticizing them for allowing Jeremy to be mistreated to such an extreme degree. Nothing anyone has done so far seems to have changed the biased treatment that Jeremy is still subject to on a daily basis. Perhaps in time things will change but so far that has not been the case.

        Gotta go. Ciao for now.

        • MrPingPong

          Dear Old & In:

          It’s a little bit old news now, but Time Warner Cable posted Lin as their Lakers Player of the Week on their Facebook wall and tweeted it as well. It seems like the Lakers media are coming around to recognizing Lin as a key player. Can this be real life? 🙂

          And here is a more comprehensive video highlights of Lin against the Magic will all the fouls committed on Lin.

          http://youtu.be/ADKZh0n8fNs

          It think there is a no-call on a foul against Lin at around the 2:15 min mark.

          • old & in the way

            Dear Mr. PingPong:

            Nice video of JLin highlights from the Orlando game. He is also fouled at the 6:08 mark but gets no call. And he is fouled two more times after that without getting any calls although I didn’t note the exact elapsed time. So he got 10 fta’s in this game but could have and should have had at least twice that many. The bias against him is league wide and reflects I believe a cultural bias against China that ironically includes Chinese-Americans. It is an ugly bias that contradicts what America claims to be but clearly is not which is a land of opportunity for all based on meritocracy. This is just another American lie that feeds the American propaganda machine controlled as it is by wealthy business interests. This cultural bias against China permeates unfortunately every aspect of American culture and American life including basketball as illustrated by the experiences of Jeremy Lin and all of us who appreciate and support him. It is an imperial construct with a deep and sordid history. Jeremy is simply one of the more recent visible victims of this social and political phenomenon. But there are many others we never see and never know about but they are there and each one of them has a story as sad and reflective as Jeremy Lin’s. He simply represents all that we never see but know damn well is occurring every day. Later and ciao for now.

          • old and in the way

            To All:

            If BS is going to stupidly insist on playing Jeremy a mere 19 minutes while giving 33 minutes to Ron Price and 27 minutes to Wayne Ellington, then I feel that the Leaker/Lakers deserve to lose on their home court by 12 points to a Portland team that they almost beat in Portland just six days earlier. BS is upside down in virtually everything he does except, of course, insisting on sitting ColdBrick. This is a move that makes sense. But nothing else he does makes any sense at all. The Leaker/Lakers bench scored 42 points in 95 minutes total playing time but the Leaker/Lakers starters could manage only 52 points in 146 minutes total playing time. It is irrelevant that Price had 12 assists last night. His season average is still 3.9 assists in 23 minutes a game and his PER is 11.06. His defense stinks in spite of the internal Leaker/Lakers nonsense that he is a better defender than Jeremy. It is ass backwards to play Price 33 minutes and to play Jeremy 19. Jeremy is averaging 4.5 assists in 26 minutes and rarely is allowed to play the point. His PER is 14,50. HE SHOULD NOT BE PLAYING BEHIND PRICE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. If he were allowed to play point guard and run and control the offense he would average more than Price’s 3.9 assists and his own current 4.5 assists per game. As long as the Leaker/Lakers insist on misusing Jeremy they deserve to lose every damn game they play and I hope they do. Only when they properly utilize Jeremy’s basketball skill set do they deserve to win anything. BS is a fucking moron and there is no nice way to say it. He is a fucking basketball moron and he shouldn’t be as he spent 10 years of his damn life playing the damn game at the professional level. Nevertheless, he is still a damn basketball MORON. Someone prove me wrong. I am all ears but I’ll bet no one can. He is a fucking basketball MORON. And no team he coaches deserves to win anything. Out of time as well as my mind. This Leaker/Lakers situation that Jeremy is stuck in makes me sick to say nothing of damn pissed off. Later, my friends. Do not abandon Jeremy or be suckered in by the scam being run by BS and his coaching cronies. Jeremy should be playing point guard 35 minutes a game and running the offense. Anything less is MORON behavior. Starting Price ahead of Jeremy is MORON behavior.

      • old & in the way

        Dear Ashley:

        Correction. The African-American female referee who appears to be so terribly biased against Jeremy Lin is named Violet Palmer and not Valerie Palmer. My mistake. But Violet Palmer by any other name is still a Lin Hater. I am fairly certain that these biases that Jeremy faces in the NBA are sub-conscious and the manifestation of a shared group bias as opposed to an endemic internal NBA bias. Jeremy’s treatment is very similar to the treatment that European players in general faced when they started being recruited into the NBA back in the late 80’s and early 90’s. I am especially reminded of Sarunas Marciulionis who played with the Golden State Warriors beginning in 1989. He won the NBA sixth man of the years awards in both 1992 and 1993. He used to drive to the basket fearlessly and get pounded every time but rarely was he awarded foul shots. It shortened his career which nevertheless still lasted through the 1996-97 season. He was very strong and powerful going to the basket but he was often injured and missed many games and large parts of seasons. He was the recipient of very few free throw attempts in spite of the fact that he was fouled on virtually every drive to the basket. This was mostly due I think to the fact that he was from Lithuania which was then a part of the Soviet Union. American bias towards the USSR and still today towards Russia is grand and out of control dominated as it is by imperial propaganda. Any country that says “no” to western imperial interests will be slandered, marginalized and demonized. Sarunas Marciulionis was victimized by this American bias towards the USSR. And, of course, today China is the recipient of this same kind of vicious American propaganda. The irony is that Jeremy Lin while ethnically Chinese is a goddamn American who was born here and probably believes at least some of the western imperial propaganda with which virtually all Americans are inundated from birth if not while still in the damn womb. As Europeans are no longer victimized by these kinds of vicious biases in the NBA I am hopeful that in time Chinese-Americans like Jeremy Lin will likewise no longer be victimized by these same kinds of biases. In the meantime though we all suffer from the way Jeremy is being treated and the unfairness of it in a world that pretends to be a meritocracy but obviously is not. Perhaps this historical analysis can help you to better understand what Jeremy is experiencing today. There is a precedence for it as ugly as it may nevertheless be. Gotta go. Ciao for now.

    • MrPingPong

      Hello Old & In:

      It’s game day again. The Blazers are visiting GT’s beloved Lakers this time. The Magic fought tooth and nail against them last night. So the Blazers may be tired. It does not matter anyway since chances are your beloved player, Mr. KBB, will be playing PG and everything else tonight.

      I am a LOF, and by transitivity I have become a Lakers fan. I root for every player to play well in order for the Lakers to win. Do see how happy Lin is when his team wins and how dejected he is when his team loses? To me though, 90% of the problem with our beloved Lakers is BS. And there is nothing we, as fans, can do about it but bitch loudly. Yet let’s not get our blood pressure up too high because it’s not worth it.

      My (unpleasant) theory on why Lin has been regressing in his FT % is that Lin is physically hurt from all the banging and non-calls he has been getting. NBA players from super stars to scrubs are getting injured everywhere. Let’s hope Lin remains relatively healthy throughout the rest of this wasted season!

      Anyway, hurt or not, Lin will play well tonight! He is solid and good! 🙂

      Letzzz Gooo JL17!

      • old & in the way

        Dear Mr. PingPong:

        The second night of back to back games for Portland. Perhaps that will work in the Leakers’ favor. I feel good about Jeremy’s game right now, too. He does seem to be playing in a more relaxed state and with much efficiency. I think he plays better when KoBay is out of the picture. The more KoBay rests his sorry ass the better for Jeremy and the rest of the Lakers in my view. KoBay home or on the bench and it is the Lakers. KoBay in the game and it’s the Leakers. I, too, am only a Lakers fan right now because Jeremy is a Laker. Whichever team he is playing for is my new favorite team. I root for the Lakers to win if Jeremy is being given a prominent role. When he is ignored though or being misused as he often is I then root for the Lakers/Leakers to lose. When he is misused but plays well anyway and the Lakers lose that is for me the best of both worlds. But ideally I would prefer that he is used properly, is allowed to run the offense at least part of the time and the Lakers win. But when he is ignored by BS or trashed by KoBay and forced to take a secondary role to a flake like Price then I would prefer that the Lakers lose their sorry ass games as it suits the mistreatment of Jeremy. I know this is rather vindictive of me but sometimes in an emotional state I can’t help myself in this regard. I think Jeremy will play well tonight though. At least that is what I expect. Beating Portland though will not be easy even if Jeremy has a prominent role in running the offense. We shall see what comes of what may come. Ciao for now.

        • MrPingPong

          Kobe sits out again tonight against the visiting Blazers. BS has been “apologizing” for playing Kobe too much earlier in the season. Kobe is falling apart as predicted by our Dr. GT here!

          Lin will boss tonight, provided BS gave Lin meaningful minutes to establish a rhythm and getting the team involved in every play. In other words, let Lin be the floor general and the Lakers will win! There is no doubt about that in my mind! 🙂

  • MrPingPong

    Just in case you haven’t seen it, this is a short highlight of Lin from the perspective of the Magic announcers:

    http://youtu.be/4XVU_hwkP2E

    • Gary Teng

      Dear Professor MrPingPong,

      I, just like you, whichever team Lin is playing at, that team instantly becomes my most favorite team.

      You made an excellent point. I also found that usually after a real hard foul, Lin tended to miss some of his FTs. He needs to slow down a bit and regain his composure (or even consciousness) before he makes his FT attempts.

      Unfortunately, NBA rules only allow 10 seconds to make the shot. 🙁

      O! my Lakers grandma is calling from the bed room. Bye~~~ 🙂

      • old & in the way

        Dear DGT:

        You lucky man. But if she is the young blonde woman Mr. PingPong posted here she is a little too “gringo” for my tastes so I’m glad for you but she is all yours for sure. I prefer the long dark hair and deep as wells dark brown eyes with which many Asian women dazzle me. When it comes to eye candy you can have Blondie and I’ll take one of those gorgeous Asian-American or Asian national cuties. Of course, I’m an old man so the only place I shall ever win the heart of any young cutie, Asian or otherwise, is of course in my dreams. Pressed for time right now so I shall return later with some more serious material. I just couldn’t wait until later to respond to your bedroom quip. Ciao for now.

      • MrPingPong

        Doc GT: is that your Lakers girl’s late reaction from the team’s victory a couple of nights ago?

        • Gary Teng

          Dear Professor MrPingPong,

          Hell no!!!

          This is just the warm up for tonight’s game. 🙂

          • MrPingPong

            Ha ha! We miss you around here, Doc GT! 🙂

            I can’t even imagine what your postgame celebration would be like if Lin beat the Blazers with a 4pt game winner tonight!

            🙂

    • old & in the way

      Dear Mr. P/P:

      Inspirational video of Jeremy’s 3 pt. shot at the end of the game to put the Lakers over 100 points and give everyone a free although greasy taco. Go, #17!!

  • old & in the way

    To All:

    If BS is going to stupidly insist on playing Jeremy a mere 19 minutes while giving 33 minutes to Ron Price and 27 minutes to Wayne Ellington, then I feel that the Leaker/Lakers deserve to lose on their home court by 12 points to a Portland team that they almost beat in Portland just six days earlier. BS is upside down in virtually everything he does except, of course, insisting on sitting ColdBrick. This is a move that makes sense. But nothing else he does makes any sense at all. The Leaker/Lakers bench scored 42 points in 95 minutes total playing time but the Leaker/Lakers starters could manage only 52 points in 146 minutes total playing time. It is irrelevant that Price had 12 assists last night. His season average is still 3.9 assists in 23 minutes a game and his PER is 11.06. His defense stinks in spite of the internal Leaker/Lakers nonsense that he is a better defender than Jeremy. It is ass backwards to play Price 33 minutes and to play Jeremy 19. Jeremy is averaging 4.5 assists in 26 minutes and rarely is allowed to play the point. His PER is 14,50. HE SHOULD NOT BE PLAYING BEHIND PRICE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. If he were allowed to play point guard and run and control the offense he would average more than Price’s 3.9 assists and his own current 4.5 assists per game. As long as the Leaker/Lakers insist on misusing Jeremy they deserve to lose every damn game they play and I hope they do. Only when they properly utilize Jeremy’s basketball skill set do they deserve to win anything. BS is a fucking moron and there is no nice way to say it. He is a fucking basketball moron and he shouldn’t be as he spent 10 years of his damn life playing the damn game at the professional level. Nevertheless, he is still a damn basketball MORON. Someone prove me wrong. I am all ears but I’ll bet no one can. He is a fucking basketball MORON. And no team he coaches deserves to win anything. Out of time as well as my mind. This Leaker/Lakers situation that Jeremy is stuck in makes me sick to say nothing of damn pissed off. Later, my friends. Do not abandon Jeremy or be suckered in by the scam being run by BS and his coaching cronies. Jeremy should be playing point guard 35 minutes a game and running the offense. Anything less is MORON behavior. Starting Price ahead of Jeremy is MORON behavior.

  • Chirico

    You are damn right, the old & in.

    BS is BS moron. not only he is hurting JLins career but also others as well.
    1. You do not bench you best PG .
    2. You do not create/facilitate false shortcoming of a player in you team.
    3. You do not put your better players on the bench.
    4. You do not publicly humiliate your players like this.
    5. You do not want to admit the fact that you are trying your best to lose games when Kome rests.
    6. You do not praise other so called super stars in other team while there is a glorious one (not named KoMo )right in front of you.

    • old & in the way

      Dear Chirico:

      Thank you for feeling my pain. And I feel yours. The Leakers are a bad joke and a nightmare for Jeremy and all of us who support him. It is painful to watch but I love Jeremy’s story too much to stop paying full attention and cheering loudly when he prospers against all odds and overcomes the ineptitude of BS and the rest of the coaching staff. Tomorrow Miami and another chance for Jeremy to shine if he is allowed to do so. I hope he is but we shall have to wait and see what BS he may be forced to face again tomorrow. Ciao for now.