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Mike Woodson fined $25,000 for saying referees not giving ‘Melo superstar calls

Nov 22, 2013, 2:08 PM EDT

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The Knicks were frustrated at the end of the loss to the Pacers — at one end Iman Shumpert brushed Paul George on the elbow during his three pointer and was called for a foul. At the other end on the final shot, Carmelo Anthony helped create a lot more body contact with George but there was no call on ‘Melo’s shot.

That frustration just cost Knicks coach Mike Woodson $25,000.

With the 3-8 Knicks needing every edge they can get, Woodson went with the “our star isn’t getting enough respect from the refs” line of arguments in an interview on ESPN Radio, as transcribed by our friends at Newsday (hat tip to SLAM).

“Absolutely not,” Woodson said Thursday on ESPN Radio. “I’m not going to shy away from that either. I think Melo gets hit more than ever….

“I’ve been at this thing 30 years,” Woodson said. “Sometimes I’m starting to wonder what’s a foul and what’s not a foul. What are you going to do? They can’t see everything and I understand that. Sometimes they miss calls. I thought he got bumped on it. Hell, he didn’t get the call so we have to move on.”

The league is consistent — players or coaches who criticize referees get fined. So the league came down with a $25,000 fine on Woodson Friday for those comments.

Woodson will gladly pay it if it gets his guy some calls… well, not gladly, but it’s less painful.

Anthony’s free throw rate (the number of free throw attempts per field goal attempts) is at .339, which is really close to the .344 he got last season. His free throw rate in general has been lower in New York than it was in Denver — because in Denver he attacked the rim more and didn’t settle for jumpers.

This was Woodson just trying to get an advantage, as he should. But Anthony has not been the problem with the Knicks offense — he remains an elite scorer in this league. It’s the lack of consistent help around him that is the bigger issue. And that’s not on the refs.

  1. sellahh - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    I can’t say I’m loving every single minute of Knicks demise – I do. Moreso after having read some board posts that Knicks fan post. Used to never understand the hate for Knicks fans, now i kind of do. Kinda, because to me it’s more laughter than hate.
    Anyway… Woodson deserves a slap in that potato head. After Knicks lost to Pacers mainly due to Shumpert’s faul all he had to say was ‘Shumpert defended the pass lazily’. 1st, the hate for Shumpert in NY is hilarious while JR is chilling with Dolan at his BBQ parties. 2nd, don’t u ever blame like players like this as a coach after a loss. You’re not PJax, you’ve got 2 plays in ur offensive book and that is ISO-Joe and ISO-Melo. 3rd If you have actually grown the balls to blame the refs over a 2-day span make sure it’s a good one. No such thing as superstar calls (although Harden would smile as he read that). Can’t you say something like ‘Melo gets whacked 8/10 times he goes to the hoop with no calls being made at all’? Which is very true, BTW, because the difference between Harden and Melo is that Melo actually uses his body to TRY to score while Harden uses his body to try to bait defenders into fouling…

    • sellahh - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      Anyway, you can blame me for not reading the article before posting because Woodson said no such thing as ‘superstar calls’. Of course they exist. It’s just that some are better at exaggerating the contact (hmm, former and current OKC stars I’m talking about) and some are worse. But honestly I’m a coach potato and I can see Melo takes way more punishment going to the rim than Harden/Durant and yet he doesn’t get the calls they get.
      It shouldn’t come down to putting the ball in front of you in hope of defender slapping your arms for ****’s sake… sad

  2. wizkidshoes - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Wait, but there is an issue with the officiating though. woodson isn’t trying to get Melo “superstar treatment”, and the stats aren’t reflective of reality. Yeah, Melo is going to the free throw line the same, but there are about five to six times a game where Melo gets absolutely whacked and its a no-call while players like Lebron, Durant, Harden go to the free-throw line for the most minuscule amount of contact. It’s so blatantly unfair. Officials say that it’s hard for them to call because Melo, with his style of play, initiates so much contact but that just makes them seem like they’re really bad at their job.

  3. alexb1234 - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    I don’t understand the NBA’s fine system(if there is one). J.R. Smith gets fined recently $25k for threatening to physically assault another player on twitter and Mike Woodson gets fined $25k for critisizing a ref. Call me crazy but I do not see how threatening to hurt another man is on the same level as saying the refs do not give melo calls.

    P.S. Woodson is right

  4. djeter220 - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    The end of the Knicks/Pacers game said it all. Paul George gets his elbow barely grazed in a fashion that altered his shot in no way, while Melo took a full chest bump from George on his final shot and the refs swallowed their whistles.

    • sportsfan18 - Nov 22, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      Uh, guess Melo & the Knicks should have learned to give George a chest bump instead of going for the players arm/hand then…

  5. sportsfan18 - Nov 22, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    None of us had to read the article. The headline said it all.

    Why read when we all know Melo isn’t a superstar?

    There are many articles out now, some on SI dot com about Melo being a #2 banana as he isn’t cut out to be the #1 guy on a championship team.

    • irvfin3 - Nov 22, 2013 at 8:00 PM

      Nah I just believe Melo needs more help and better supporters another allstar basically

  6. notyouraveragegoon - Nov 22, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    The problem is that ‘Melo isn’t a superstar, that’s why they fined him, for speaking idiotically.

  7. pistolpete0903 - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    It is an unspoken fact around the league that star players get the calls which fringe players don’t. I remember Kenny Smith on the TNT half time show (not a long time ago) actually said (and agreed to an officials call) that a Lakers player (don’t remember his name) was not going to get a foul called against him because he was not a star player. If it was Kobe, it would have been a trip to the free throw line. I was like WTF; it shouldn’t be that blatant!!

    Melo usually doesn’t get the ball outside the 3 point line; he plays more back to the basket and hence usually doesn’t drive to the basket much. Hence doesn’t get those many calls.

  8. belleby123 - Nov 23, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Woodson has an odd way of saying the Knicks are crappy.

  9. fitproinindy - Nov 23, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    The reason Melo doesn’t get a lot of calls is because he creates most of the contact! Besides, it bothers me that ‘superstars’ get special calls. If you are a superstar, why do you need special calls? How many of these guys would be superstars without the calls?

  10. chilomane - Nov 23, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Melo is not a true superstar

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