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NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Hey look, Doc can nudge the refs in the press, too

Jun 10, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

While there are plenty of coaches around the league that don’t quite enjoy the mandatory media relations part of the gig, Phil Jackson isn’t really one of them. Not only does Phil throw on a happy face for the media every once in awhile, but he, better than any coach in the league, understands how to use the media as a weapon.

The impact of Phil’s comments through the media have perhaps dulled a bit as his players, other players, and officials have grown wise to his act, but Jackson continues to poke and prod at various aspects of the game, from effort to officiating.

Doc Rivers is taking a page from his book after Game 3, when discussing Derek Fisher’s defense. From Kevin Ding of the OC Register:

“I thought he got away with a lot last night,” Rivers said. “I
thought there was a lot of holding going on and a lot of flopping going
on, and finally he showed that last one…But he’s good at it. He’s always been good at it. We knew that
going into the series. He’s one of the best charge-takers in the game.
He’s always been that. And some of them are charges and then some of
them are flops, but all of them are tough to call. It is a brutal call
to make. It really is a tough one.

“But as far as the off-the-ball action, single-double action, you
are not allowed to hold. You’re not allowed to bump, and you’re not
allowed to impede progress. I read that this morning, and I’m positive
of it. So you know, when that happens, then that has to be called.”

Rivers also again speculated about Lakers coach Phil Jackson’s
rather mild complaints about the officiating after Game 2 as having
swayed the calls in Game 3, saying Jackson’s commentary “carries weight.” Said Rivers about the results in Game 3: “It’s funny, I thought they
got away with more with all the moving screens. I didn’t think it was
all our fouls. I just think it was a ton of moving screens they got
away with.”

Doc’s perception of Phil’s influence makes these comments even more transparent. As usual, NBA coaches aren’t willingly trying to help us understand the nuances of the game, but rather use their media sessions as open lobbying to officials and the league office.

  1. Omnius - Jun 10, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    Poor Doc Rivers can only whine about the refs instead of facing up to his team’s poor play in game 3. Derek Fisher played a great game and deserves proper credit. We see a lot of Celtic players flopping around all the time waiting for the refs to bail them out. Paul Pierce is infamous for his dirty trick cheating to get refs to bail him out with fouls, like he did at the end of the first period of game 2. The refs tried to help Boston win late in the 4th quarter when they failed to call a foul on Rondo when he stripped the ball out of Odom’s hands by fouling him by grabbing his arm, that’s the only reason that Odom lost that rebound out of bounds. The refs are making too many poor calls and noncalls and both teams are being screwed by the refs, get over it!

  2. chris - Jun 10, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    this is too funny… looks like he doesnt realize that he’s complaining stuff that the Celtics do quite often as well.
    moving screens? garnett, perkins
    bumps? garnett, pierce
    flops? allen, pierce
    stop being a hypocrite and realize your team lost cause they either:
    got outplayed
    you missed 8 free throws and one of your ‘stars’ went 0-13
    dude, its not rocket science…

  3. saif khan - Jun 10, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Doc Rivers complain about refs after loosing games one and three.Doc should know, refs have nothing against celtics or lakers.They are calling the game as they see it.

  4. Will - Jun 10, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    All three of you are blind to the fact that this series has been poorly officiated since game 1. The Lakers clearly got away with murder in game 3, as the Celtics will likely get away with more tonight. The NBA needs this series to go 6 if not 7 games so of course the refs are going to dictate the outcomes as best they can. It just sucks to watch as a fan of the game because it ruins the flow, and straps star players with unneeded fouls (Kobe, garnet, Perkins, Artest) which hinders their performance down the stretch.
    Take off the Purple and gold googles and realize the refs are blowing the series for all of us.

  5. Lion Woods - Jun 10, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Doc Rivers is a very skilled coach. I will say he was complaining because this game and the two games prior to this NBA Finals has been marred by very poor officiating. I think the refs need a remedial course on what is and what isn’t. The Refs blow the whistle because of reactionary movements by the players. Call the true game and stop assessing the phantom foul. A little more leeway should be given for physical play although it probably benefits the Celtics, I would like to see a ballgame that is not a case of the refs seemingly insistence on making the wrong call. I think the Lakers will rock and roll tonight but I would not be surprised if the Lakers are twarted by the whistle once again in order for the NBA to guarantee a “great series.” In the mind of the NBA seven games translates into serious advertising revenue so I am sure that the refs have their orders from Stern on high.

  6. Ron - Jun 10, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Watch out Will, the black helicopters are hovering over your house…better get your tinfoil hat deflector to keep out the alien death rays…
    Seriously, if you think the games are rigged, then why the hell do you watch?
    You sir, are simply a fool with an IQ apparently approaching sea level.

  7. Merlin6593 - Jun 10, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    The refs blow and the players are not determining the outcome of any of these games…I for one will not watch anymore games.

  8. Gary - Jun 10, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    I am a Celtic fan and think the calls have been too tight both ways and games 1 & 2 were absurd. However it has been a fair shake with bad calls both ways. Kobe in game 2 got two bad calls against him. One for sure with the foul on Rondo on the sidelines. Bottom line C’s didn’t take care of business in the 4th. Too many times they had the ball to tie or take the lead and they couldn’t do it and they didn’t get stops in the 4th when they needed to. Ray was 0’fer and Paul hasn’t gotten in going. Going to game tonight and let’s take care of business and make game 5 EPIC!!! BEAT LA!!!

  9. Qman - Jun 10, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    The BIG problem for the NBA is that you can’t trust that its fair anymore. The Refs are horrible and mess up both teams. Just call the game consistent on both sides, that’s all they need to do. The same thing that’s a foul on the Celtics should be a foul on the Lakers. If Kobe or Pierce travels then call a travel. The league has a severe image problem in my opinion and is ruining its future.

  10. KobesGay - Jun 10, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    Lakers fans are all fanny bandits…the beasts from the east have been toying with your ref dependent, rapist led band of ass clowns. Celtics in 6

  11. rob100 - Jun 10, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Ho Poor Omnius he just can’t take any comment’s about the Celtic’s.
    The Laker’s are so great and Celtic’s are so bad. And all the fouls that are being called on the Laker’s that are not warranted.
    Oh I feel so bad.
    I hope things will go better for you in the future so I don’t have to read your whining post’s.

  12. Shannon - Jun 10, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    The games have not only been called too tightly but very poorly. Note that when they used instant replay in the last two minutes of the last game they had to reverse every call!

  13. KobesGay - Jun 10, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Omnius, take out your butt plug, your not thinking clearly. The only thing that has kept the Lakers in any of these games is bad referreeing. If you took the refs off the floor and let these teams play the Lakers wouldnt make it past half court, they would be tripping over thier skirts. And Kobe would be off somewhere trying to work his pedophiliac magic on the ball boy. I’ve never seen a more panty waste bunch of butt pirates in my life, and that includes the most fem-tastic fan base of any professional sports team.

  14. Rob100 - Jun 10, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Hey KobesGay,
    That’s what i’m talking about.
    Well said.
    I hope Ominius is listening.

  15. KobesGay - Jun 10, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    The Lakers play like a bunch of Prancing Eunuch Ponies,they think there in a dance number or something. And the refs watch them like they’re watching some gay ballet. And as soon as soon as somone interrupts thier performance by trying to actually play basketball like MEN are supposed to play, the refs are on those whistles faster than a laker fan on a tranny.

  16. b - Jun 10, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    Not allowed to impede progress? Isnt the whole point of defense to impede progress to the basket? If they cant play D, why dont they just play “Around the world” or something for the trophy?
    Need to go back to old days: 1)No blood, no foul. 2) The dribble hand must stay ON TOP of the ball, 3)More than two steps is a travel, 4)Get rid of the 3 point arc. It has destroyed the mid range jump shot.

  17. KobesGay - Jun 10, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    Its like there are two leagues now, one in the east for real men who arent afraid to play physical basketball. And thier knowledgable, loyal, hard working every day fan. And then theres one in the west, some wierd alternate universe of non-contact fem ball. And thier self-loathing, plastic surgery laden, someone please look at me daddy i dont want to touch you there anymore absolutely clueless fanbase. Maybe its the smog….the smog cant be helping

  18. brentcal - Jun 10, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    I feel sorry for you guys. The homophobia is pitiful, as is the silly name calling. Just sad… If you hate the game don’t watch it. The refs have been equally bad on both sides. The team that has won the game has played with more heart.

  19. KobesGay - Jun 10, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    Homophobic??? Who’s homophobic??? I’m gay, thats how I can tell Kobe is a closeted fanny bandit. And as a gay man i cant stand to watch those bunch of twinks you call the lakers making a mockery of my lifestyle by playing like a bunch of wrist-bending transvestites in thier purple and yellow tutu’s. I LOVE the game of basketball, thats why I’ve been waiting for three games for the referrees to let them PLAY THE GAME OF BASKETBALL. I may be Brent-a-phobic though, you sound like someone of high moral terpitude…i may not like you. I dont like the jews though….and the Irish, way too happy for me…the french are a little annoying also

  20. NotALAHomo - Jun 10, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    Lol.. KobesGay, cracks me up when people want to change the rules of the game when their team is down. Guess what we don’t play pro basketball without refs… there are rules and regulations. If you want basketball without rules.. start your own league.. then you can call it whatever you want nohomoball, gayball, fairyball, whatever you like buddy it’s yours… but in the NBA they play with rules and refs.. officiating has been lame for both teams although Celt’s are masters of the flop if you need help remembering just watch a little of that Orlando series.
    PS.. I love it when east-coaster bag on L.A., you know you want to be here but your not.. great weather, beautiful people, the beach. But hey you have Celtics.

  21. KobeGay - Jun 10, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    NotALAHomo, we did start our own league, its called the NBA moron. And your welcome for us letting you have teams in it, we try to play fair in the east. And we play by the rules all year. Like when you really commit a foul, they call a foul. You cant be blowing whistles because someone put a body on a laker and ruffled his skirt.
    PS…we have great weather here, we just had 2 really nice days this year. And we have great beaches, its just that they’re closed 10 months a year. And we have amazingly beautiful people, its just that they’re all self-centered, egotistical shallow freaking head cases that all move to LA. And yes we have the Celtics…erin go braugh on your mama

  22. RED WAS A FUDGEPACKER - Jun 10, 2010 at 4:20 PM


  23. NotALAHomo - Jun 10, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    KobesGay you got all the answers bro… good for you, although actually I was always under the impression the NBA was started by New Yorkers… not quite the same is it.
    As far as the fouls, I think teams need to adjust to the refs, not the other way around, as long as they are calling it the same for both I’m cool with it, but hey what do I know, I’m just a clueless fan right.
    Anyway enjoy your 3-4 good days you have there in Boston before the humidity kicks in… I’ve lived there, so I know. Thanks for sending us the shallow beautiful people.. please send more.
    I’m off to the beach.. because I can.
    Lakers in 7.

  24. KobesGay - Jun 10, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    NotALAHomo, off to the beach??? Its 2:00 on a Thursday. No wonder that place is such an economic hell hole. The only people that work out there are illegal and dont pay taxes. They need to just drop the bomb on the San Andreas fault so that wasteland can just drop into the sea where it belongs. Then we can start hating the Nevada Lakers.

  25. KobesGay - Jun 10, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    RED WAS A FUDGEPACKER, thats too funny. Now thats a good rant… hateful, vitriolic, primitive to its core. And dumb…i can relate to that. And in all caps…your a genius. Your even too dumb to live in Cali, so you must be a laker fan living in the east, i can sense that repressed rage the eastern laker fans carry around. Good luck at your pizza delivery job and hopefully some day you’ll actually get a girl to come back home with you to your basement oasis in your moms house…well, after they take the pedophile anklet off of you.

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