It takes a Potemkin village apparently for TNT's announcer.
Marv Albert noted several times during his broadcast of the Celtics and Knicks game at the Boston TD Garden that the noise from the crowd seemed artificial.
It is reminiscent of the issue in Old Russia when Prime Minister Potemkin used to put up fake villages with well-dressed peasants to wave at the Empress Catherine the Great as she drove by in her royal sleigh. She was never the wiser.
You cannot, however, fool a fool. Marv Albert insisted that he found the cheers for Paul Pierce and boos for Carmelo Anthony to be orchestrated by someone's finger on a sound machine.
Celtics fans have been known for their rowdy rocking of the building over the years. Sometimes the players, like Kevin Garnett, raise their arms to bring up the decibels from fans, like a deranged conductor of the Boston Pops.
This charge of Tomfoolery by the Celtics brought a cold response on Twitter from the Boston officials who said they "have never used artificial crowd noise."
For years Red Auerbach never allowed rabid music during the game, a staple of quiet arenas around the NBA. No one ever thought Boston's fans needed augmentation.
If anything, crowd participation was dimmed at the Knicks game when security confiscated the noisy wrappers from hundreds of boxes of Cheerio's Honey Nut cereal.
It put a damper on the fan participation at the game. Only one box was seen being waved by an arrogant fan who taunted Carmelo Anthony.
Cruel observers noted how Marv Albert's hearing ability may have been dulled by the padding of his hair weave. He backed off his outrageous charges after the game and silently skulked away from Boston.