Well, I’ve finally decided to scan the internet to read more excerpts from Tim Donaghy’s new book The Book The NBA Doesn’t Want You To Read. I think a few months back when I wrote Officiating the NBA Referees maybe I was looking from the wrong point of view. I no longer believe it’s slow reaction time because of old age. I no longer believe that flopping is the reason for these terrible calls. I mean honestly deep down, I kind of had an idea that the referees are screwing with us most of the time, which must have been why I was so pumped about the referee lockout originally! I truly do wish we started this season with the replacement refs. Sure there might have been bad or some missed calls here and there, but SERIOUSLY, aren’t we used to it no matter who is out there? I can’t fully believe everything he said in the book, since he does have some strong motives in his quest to deface the NBA. I CAN however buy the face value of the information that a lot of calls and miscues by crews DO have some hidden motives behind them, and I must’ve been blocking that out for years. Reading through the excerpts felt like when you know that your girlfriend is cheating on you, but you aren’t really sure, and then you finally find out that it’s true. Yes Tim, your revelations have hurt me, and damaged me for every future relationship I have with refs for years to come. If the refs are indeed Stern’s puppets, playing with teams and players abilities to make the playoffs we may as well get Vince McMahon in there setting up the plotline for the season. We could turn these great athletes into a show instead of a sport, wouldn’t that be great. Are we heading to a league that resembles the Globetrotters vs. the Admirals? I figured that the refs had bias’s against players, teams, or coaches, but didn’t want to believe that they were truly effecting the outcome of the games. I know, it sounds nieve, but maybe I got used to it being shoved in my face for the past decade, so why didn’t I see it as a flaw? A) I guess I just accepted that some guys are going to get calls, and when it comes down to it, these refs I’m sure get caught up in the heat of the moment. B) I didn’t want to see in writing what I’d obviously already suspected, like the excerpt on the 2002 Western Conference Championship game 6 or the Spurs and Suns playoff series. C) Aside from the Lakers getting gifts like Pau Gasol and Artest for nothing, they are getting calls in crucial games, because the league hinted the refs should give them more calls in their favor. The Lakers seem to be one of the most hated teams in the league, and could this be a reason why?
Deadspin had some good transcript on the jest of what he said in his book.
November 3rd, 2009 at 10:25 am
Everyone hates a front runner, that’s why. It’s like hating the Yankees or Patriots…
November 3rd, 2009 at 10:38 am
Sorry, the theme of the best teams and best players getting the calls is as old as the sport itself.
November 3rd, 2009 at 1:16 pm
Joey Crawford ? Who the hell is Joey Crawford ? Don’t these refs know that it’s ultimately a players’ league and they’ve ultimately got to live with that ? Suffice to say, that Stern will be having a few quiet words in his ear and tell him not to pi_s off his stars around the NBA
The NBA is a stars’ league and the rest of us are just paeans within their midst. Any chance that Khloe Kardashian-Odom will part-take of showing us that she too , has a sex tape out there of her and Lamar that we’ve not yet seen as of yet ? I mean that whole family are a group of publicity seeking w_ores ! From the step-dad Bruce Jenner, on down.
November 3rd, 2009 at 2:36 pm
Dropped this on the Magic Johnson Isiah Thomas feud that’s said to be brewing.
It Was The Best Of Times It Was The Worst Of Times The Rise And Fall Of Isiah Thomas ……..
November 4th, 2009 at 6:42 am
Dropped this piece on the NFL’s Thanksgiving Day schedule.
I trust you’ll enjoy ?
Thanksgiving Is Just Around The Corner And What’s The NFL Going To Serve Up Not The Detroit Lions Again …. ?
November 4th, 2009 at 10:50 am
Thanks for the ping back!
But yeah, if the NBA is on course to resemble the WWE, then I’m not watching anymore. That’s so sad to hear.