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Jarrett Jack fined $25K for verbal abuse of an official after loss to Lakers

Apr 14, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

Jarrett Jack

Jarrett Jack has been fined $25,000 for “verbal abuse of a game official,” the league announced on Sunday via official release.

The incident occurred at the end of the Warriors’ close loss to the Lakers on Friday, the same game in which Kobe Bryant went down with a torn Achilles injury that ended his season.

The Warriors (and the majority of their fans) felt that the officiating was out of control in the Lakers’ favor in this one. The numbers, at least on the surface, back up the assertion when you consider that Golden State was whistled for 33 personal fouls to just 17 that were called on the Lakers.

L.A. shot a whopping 50 free throws in the game, while the Warriors attempted only 16.

There’s a lot that goes into fouls being called and free throw attempts, of course, and the team that attacks the basket more than it does shoot long jumpers on a given night is likely to come up on the positive end of those numbers.

No matter what happens from an officiating standpoint, however, a player can’t simply run up to a referee after the game is finished and unload on him based on the frustrations of the previous 48 minutes.

  1. libertarianvoter - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    I wonder how much of that free throw disparity was because of the Hack-a-Shaq. Howard took 22 free throws by himself and who knows how many his teammates took as a result of them being in the bonus.

    • jaerba - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      The Warriors weren’t doing Hack-a-Dwight in most of this game. I think the difference in playstyles accounted for the disparity in the first half, but some of the calls in the second half were extremely questionable and all went in favor of LA.

      The play where Kobe’s achilles ruptured was called a foul but wasn’t. Curry had a perfectly clean strip on Dwight that was called a foul. Elizi fouled out of the game on a ridiculous call where MWP locked arms with him and pulled him across his body.

      The Lakers tied the game on freethrows from Blake on a play where Dwight set a moving screen on Curry, but the foul was called on Curry. The most bizarre aspect was even if you were calling a cheap foul there, it should’ve been on Dwight since that’s who Curry was touching. He wasn’t touching Blake at the time.

      If you look at the film, there were 5 or 6 calls in the second half that were very poorly called, and a lot of them had a major impact.

      • jaerba - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:31 PM

        The other thing is that if you look at the shot chart, I believe the Warriors only took 1 less shot in the paint than the Lakers did.

  2. zblott - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    The NBA really does a lot to quiet anyone who points out how clear it is that their officiating is far more biased than any other professional sport (Not. Even. Close.). Not only were the FTA counts way off in this contest, but they skewed much more so as the game went on — 16 to 8 in the first half, 34 to 8 in the second half.

    Maybe the Lakers were that much more aggressive than Golden State. Well if you watched the game, you know that’s not true. Looking at the stats, the Lakers shot one less 3-pointer than the Warriors and points in the paint were even, so absolutely nothing there supports this notion.

    Maybe there’s a reason the FBI was willing to write the introduction for Tim Donaghy’s book in support of what he was saying and the NBA never legally challenged his stance on what was happening in the 00’s.

    • jerrybussrightfulheir - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:51 AM

      I did watch the game. GS shredded LAs defense all night. Hard to foul someone when you’re nowhere near em. GS got easy looks pretty much all night. And despite supposedly playing 8 on 5 GS almost won it fair and square.

  3. eboneseagles - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    That game was so fixed lol, there’s a YouTube video going around with all the “foul” calls.

  4. hannsta - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    There is an interesting article about the very noticeable drop in Jazz FTA’s over the last 10 games also. Im not going to go as far as conspiracy, why watch something if you think its fixed? But nonetheless its interesting.

    • jaerba - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:27 PM

      I don’t buy the idea of a league wide conspiracy, but I think the NBA has some bad apples. We know they did last decade, and I’m not sure they’ve done anything to clean it up since all of their effort since Donaghy has been to hide the issue.

  5. Rich Peters - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Reblogged this on Tricky_Roma.

  6. norcalsportsknowledge - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    The league( i.e. Donald Stern) makes it a point to let the officials know that they make more $ when the league makes more $. League makes more $ when big market teams like Lakers make the playoffs and go far in the playoffs. League makes more $ when they have superstars, that’s why superstars like Kobe always get the calls. When will the NBA public have enough and get rid of the current regime.

    • spthegr8 - Apr 15, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      Who is Donald stern????? Is that David sterns evil twin?? Like Mario and Wario???

  7. fredski11 - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Anyone want some french cries with that waaaaaburger??? Everyone applauds when it happens to the Lakes. The price to pay when in L.A. GO LAKERS!!!

    • powerpc20 - Apr 15, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      “Waaaaburger”? Must be an LA creation along with Umami and Father’s Office, because NO ONE cries foul on refs more than Laker fans. NO ONE.

  8. jerrybussrightfulheir - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    I was surprised when the refs called a foul when Kobe’s leg finally gave out. As recently as last year that would have been a no call turnover. Felt like the refs called that one out of respect. I do think superstars get those calls in the NBA in general.

    The call that I found odd was on the screen where refs called a foul on the Warriors but then sent the ball handler to the line instead of the screener (Dwight)

    Most of Dwights FTs were of the no layup variety (as well as the hack-a) that I thought GS executed quite well for the most part.

    On the other end the Lakers D was so non existent that GS was wide open pretty much all night, and when a Laker would finally close out, the guards of the warriors would blow right by and hit Landry or whoever else with wide open dunks/layups. IMO that’s why GS and Lakers had the same points in the paint. Without GS sending Dwight to the line rather than shooting fts, Lakes would have easily scored 10+ more points in the paint.

    So yes there were questionable calls in the lakers favor and GS still almost won despite what anyone says about help from the league. Mr. Jack there dribbled out of bounds in the last 2 mins himself. Best revenge is to get the win even if the refs are against you.

  9. Jeff - Apr 15, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    It’s the disparity between large-market teams and small-market teams that disappoints me about the NBA. Nothing was solved with the last work stoppage. So things like this mismatch in foul calls continue to happen.

  10. mazblast - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Once again, David Stern makes his wishes known and the officials, who have to fear for either the loss of their jobs (the old retroactive bad review bit) or a year of Thursday night Pistons-Cavs or Bobcats-Raptors gigs, have little choice but to do Little Caesar’s bidding.

    I hope the Thunder wipe the floor with the Lakers after the blatant bias that got the Lakers this win.

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