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  1. The “Violence Against Blake Griffin” situation

    Mar 23, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    He’s asking for it. OK, stop, that right there. That’s me trying to snag your attention with some sort of bombastic statement. I can assure you my position is more nuanced than this phrase, which by the way, in the context of violence of any sort — on-court, off-court, sexual, non-sexual — should never, ever…

  2. Byron Scott fined for prototypical post-game officiating comments

    Nov 28, 2010, 7:58 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Cleveland Cavaliers

    When you say something that indicates that you expect to be fined for your comments? Yeah, you’re pretty much locking up the fact that you’ll be fined. Byron Scott went off last Friday in a 110-100 loss to Orlando saying the Cavaliers were playing against eight players and your typical “we got screwed” conversations. On…

  3. Phil Jackson continues a marvelous career of post-game jabbing

    Nov 27, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    jaxjabs

    Well, at least he didn’t demean any other coaches this time. In Phil Jackson’s historic, legendary career, he’s also managed to get away with being a coach who constantly demeans the other team and blames the officiating crew more than his own team for any loss. It’s a trademark of his competitiveness, a symbol of…

  4. Stephen Jackson fined $50,000 for verbal abuse of an official

    Nov 6, 2010, 7:13 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Orlando Magic

    The NBA announced it has fined Stephen Jackson $50,000 for verbal abuse of game officials during the Bobcats loss to the Pistons Friday night. And now, a short selection of what we believe Jackson said, the same vein of Kevin Garnett’s explanation of what he said to Charlie Villanueva, inspired by Twitter: “Mr. Official, are…

  5. Dick Bavetta isn't getting any love from the NBA

    Jun 7, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dick Bavetta is one of the biggest names in NBA officiating. That’s in part because of a race/kiss that Bavetta shared with one Charles Barkley at the 2007 All-Star Game, but also because at 70 years young, Bavetta is something of a marvel among the refereeing ranks. Getting up and down the court to call…

  6. Jeff Van Gundy is not giving up on giving up fouling out

    Jun 6, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    JVG is not kidding around. He really wants the league to do away with fouling out. Speaking to FanHouse’s Brett Pollakoff, Jeff Van Gundy let fly, saying that people deserved to see the best Cetlics players and the best Lakers players without fear of foul truble. He’s advocating at least an increase in the max…

  7. NBA Playoffs Suns Lakers Game 1: It's in the league's best interest to reel Phil Jackson in

    May 15, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    It seems like a fun little sideshow, doesn’t it? The grizzled veteran coach, waxing basketball philosophic and occasionally using his razor-sharp wit to jab at other players and the officials. A basketball legend using the media to gain as much leverage over the calls as he can get. It’s a charming story. And it’s got…

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