So the Dallas Mavericks have won the NBA's Larry O'Brien trophy, named for the former NBA commissioner whose name escapes me right now. (Damn "Angry Birds" is turning my brain to mush.)
As there have been questions on the legitimacy of the NBA in recent years, I used the Finals as an excuse to speak the man known to millions as "disgraced former NBA referee" Tim Donaghy. He's become famous for his crime of conspiracy to engage in wire fraud and transmitting betting information through interstate commerce. Or is he better described as notorious?
"I’m infamous," Tim corrects me, "which is not what I want. I made terrible choices and mistakes over time. I feel with what I’m doing now, I can get away from my past."
Currently, he works with Danny Berrelli to blog for him and work on his radio show, The Sports Connection, as an NBA analyst. Danny bills himself as a "premier sports consultant" in that he helps with gambling advice. It certainly does fall into Tim's area of expertise.
"I've been hired to keep an eye out for plays missed in a game, obvious plays," Donaghy says. "I could advise Danny on what goes on with officials behind the scenes before the game."
So it's worked out. Well, except for his excommunication from the NBA.
To many, he's a punch line. There is an episode of the highly-acclaimed sitcom "30 Rock" that references him as the brother of Alec Baldwin's "Jack Donaghy." How many people can say they've been mentioned on a sitcom? I asked him what he thought about it. He went in a direction I could not have predicted.
"Well, an interesting story," Donaghy says. "Tina Fey grew up next door to my two cousins. 'Jack Donaghy' is named after my Uncle Jack Donaghy."
So he is famous! Well, almost.
The unwanted attention doesn't faze him as he takes it all in stride. "I can't take it too seriously," he says. "If I do that, it’s all over."
For those who aren't familiar with his controversial tale, in 2009, his book "Personal Foul: A First-Person Account of the Scandal Which Rocked the NBA" hit the market. It paints the picture of a league in which everything isn't as it may seem.
Now that the Finals are over and we can look back on Dirk's best Larry Bird impression and LeBron’s "Wilt" impression (and I am not referring to Wilt, the basketball player, but rather "wilt," the action verb), I want to believe that everything happened legitimately. There didn't seem to be many controversial moments this year. But Tim certainly makes some intriguing points in his book. And how can you argue with Alec Baldwin’s TV brother?