well that sucked. i don’t know what could be done to make it better.
[PICTURE OF BLOODY BRAD MILLER AND KIRK HINRICH COMING SOON]
here’s a thought, someone with a lot more money than i have should put out an ad series: “nba playoffs – where shi*#y officiating happens.”
don’t get me wrong. i’m not saying the bulls got screwed over start to finish. it was more or less equally bad for both sides. but it hurt the bulls in the end because they got the bad calls last.
look, i think all most of us want is for the games to NOT be decided by the referees. i believe it’s hard being an nba ref. so, what i demand as a fan is that they call the game consistently. again, will it be easy? of course not. but that has to be the goal. it almost never seems like it is to me.
sometimes one team seems to get the benefit of the doubt. it could be because that team is a more veteran team or did a better job complaining to the league offices after the last game (or randomly complained that two of the officials at the last game were chicagoans – stupid celtics). OR, it could be one player gets the benefit of the doubt because he’s the most talented person on the floor, influencing refs to avoid calling fouls on him and rush to call fouls against him. OTHER TIMES, the officiating crew on a particular night just refuses to call things consistently, regardless of which player or team they’re calling against. this last case is what occurred in the bulls game tonight.
CONSTANTLY picks, shooting fouls, blocking fouls or charging that occurred or didn’t to some extent were being called in exactly the opposite manner one or two plays later. you couldn’t help but believe that whichever team or team’s player RECENTLY did the best job of complaining earned that team the right to get a “make up” call soon thereafter. REGARDLESS of legitimacy.
all i’m saying is, why aren’t nba officials held to the same IDEAL standard as the home plate umpire in an mlb game? we know everyone is human and has different judgments, vision, opinions, etc. what we demand out of our umpires is that when the ball is up and in at a given spot and called for a ball against one player, every pitch in that location is called a ball for the rest of the game. does it always happen? of course not! but that is the widely accepted standard.
the thing that drives me crazy about my beloved nba is that this consistency consistently isn’t expected, certainly doesn’t occur, and doesn’t even seem to be hoped for anymore by nba commentators and analysts. i could give you quotes from nba writers i correspond with defending the refs. well, defending might not be the right word. it’s more that they tell me, “yeah, it’s messed up. so what would you do about it? david stern has nothing either.” i say, “NOT GOOD ENOUGH.”
we know from the tim donaghy scandal, these guys make somewhere in the $200K per year range (i have no idea why). that amount is good enough to force them to work 300 days or so per year (anybody who disagrees is free to switch jobs with me, i’ll do yours, believe me, especially if it is watching nba games). if they don’t like it? what was that other high paying job that refereeing basketball games made you qualified for again? oh yeah, that’s right, nothing. work your ass of for this money or walk away. it’s your choice and that’s what we (should) demand. you’re not just influencing the 30 players or so in the stadium that night. you’re influencing the emotions of millions of fans. you have to work for that right. it is not, nor should it ever be, a given. when they aren’t officiating, make them study tape, watch pickup games, i don’t know, anything to get better. hell, bottom string PLAYERS make less than that and are CERTAINLY held to higher standards (except for brian scalabrine who is in the league only so the moronic celtics fans DESPERATELY want to BELIEVE they have an irish person [i have no idea if he has irish ancestry or not] on their team). the point is, DEMAND BETTER. i just don’t see the nba doing it.
someday i’ll learn. as of today, i can’t quite give it up.
P.S. – what happened to KG? there was a time i believed he was the ideal nba player. he really cared about winning. he was the consummate pro. now? he’s a little other word for a female dog. end of game 1 when the celtics were losing to the “lowly” bulls? he couldn’t stand it and ran to the locker room out of the public eye. end of game 5? ONLY ONCE HE KNEW they were going to win, was he on some BS.
P.S.S. – sorry for all of the parentheses today. i was in the mood to not care.