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  1. Our annual reminder to fans: The referees are not deciding the finals

    Jun 19, 2012, 8:32 AM EDT

    Referee Crawford calls a technical foul on Oklahoma City Thunder Brooks in the first half during Game 3 of the NBA basketball finals in Miami.

    Every year it is part of the narrative of the NBA finals — fans the team coming out on the bottom are convinced that their heroes would win if it were not for the referees clearly having it in for their team and David Stern trying to determine the outcome. You can count on it…

  2. LeBron, Pierce foul out of sadly whistle-happy game

    Jun 4, 2012, 11:16 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    The biggest problem for the NBA is that the day after every major game we are discussing the officiating. And the officiating — particularly late in Game 4 of Miami and Boston — was a key part of the story Sunday. There were five offensive foul calls in the second half of the fourth quarter…

  3. Quote of the day: Frank Vogel hopes the Heat don’t get too many whistles

    May 10, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    Vogel

    From our own Ira Winderman, here are some fighting words from Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel, whose team will meet the reigning Eastern Conference Champion Miami Heat in Round 2 of the NBA Playoffs on Sunday: “It’ll be very interesting to see how the referees officiate the series and how much flopping they reward. .…

  4. Mavericks’ owner Cuban fined $75k for criticizing referees

    Feb 3, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets

    Apparently today is national “fine everyone in the Mavericks organization day.” But like with the coach, we pretty much all knew this was coming. Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban has been fined $75,000 for his criticism of official after the Mavericks loss to Oklahoma City Wednesday. League VP and enforcer Stu Jackson made the announcement Friday.…

  5. Mark Cuban isn’t happy with the officiating. Stunning.

    Feb 2, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban Dan Crawford

    Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban has a valid point — by my subjective measures the officiating seems to be worse this season. Cuban certainly has objective measures — he’s got guys breaking down the numbers — ones I’m sure show up in David Stern’s inbox quite often. Cuban told ESPNDallas.com he is not happy with the…

  6. Winderman: Technical fouls more expensive with shortened season

    Dec 30, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 5

    The upside of the NBA’s lockout-compacted 66-game schedule? It can shorten the lengths of previously handed-down suspensions, with Andrew Bynum and Charlie Villanueva receiving that benefit of the doubt to start the season. The downside? Less tolerance from big brother, namely NBA czar of discipline Stu Jackson. While much was made publicly of the league…

  7. Referees announced for Game 1 of NBA finals

    May 31, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Dallas Mavericks

    Your crew of referees for Game 1 of the NBA finals has been announced: Steve Javie, Mike Callahan and Bill Kennedy. Bill Spooner is the alternate. That’s a solid crew, one that should by reputation be pretty even handed. It also lacks the name that will turn the stomach of Mavs fans — Bennett Salvatore.…

  8. Are the NBA rules for using the “F” word the way they should be?

    May 23, 2011, 11:22 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    Kobe Bryant and Joakim Noah both recently were caught using a homophobic slur that starts with the letter “F,” yet their fines were very different.  Kobe, who directed his shot at a referee, was fined $100,000, while Noah’s use of the term was directed at a “fan,” which only drew a $50,000 fine from the league.  Let’s take…

  9. New, quieter Mark Cuban still doesn’t like referees

    May 20, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    Mark Cuban still is not talking to the media during these playoffs — unless you want to hear how ABC picked up Shark Tank for 13 more episodes — but that doesn’t mean he isn’t talking. And it doesn’t mean he is happy with the officiating. Did you really expect him to be? Tim MacMahon…

  10. Mark Cuban’s least favorite referee assigned to Mavs game

    Apr 19, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Brown

    My mind in these situations always floats back to a junior high basketball coach. We were sitting in the basement locker room of our gym when I was in 8th grade and we were convinced the referees had robbed us of a win with a bad call at the end of the game. “If you…

  11. NBA admits officials blew it, but that won’t help Denver now

    Apr 18, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

    George Karl

    One day after a Kendrick Perkins tip in ended up being a key part of Oklahoma City’s win over Denver, the league has admitted the referees blew it. Never should have counted. I’m sure that makes George Karl feel so much better. You can see the video here, but let us set the stage: The…

  12. Nate McMillan on his way to fine after venting about refs

    Apr 17, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

    Nate McMillan

    In the fourth quarter Saturday, the Dallas Mavericks shot 19 free throws, the Portland Trail Blazers 2. That was key to the Dallas win. After the game Blazers coach Nate McMillan sounded like a guy who wanted to avoid getting a fine for questioning the officiating, but he couldn’t help himself, as reported in the…

  13. Referees union files unfair labor practice charge against NBA

    Apr 7, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

    Andrew Bynum, Leon Wood

    While we were all talking about the NBA players and owners labor strife, the referees union and league have been negotiating a deal (that deal is set to expire Sept. 1). And it has some serious tension. Like bring in the National Labor Relations Board tension. Adrian Wojnarowski has the details at Yahoo. The National…

  14. Should the “rip” move be legal?

    Mar 30, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant may be the nicest superstar in the NBA, and he certainly has the most squeaky-clean public image. He doesn’t say the wrong things, he’s a quiet assassin on the court, he’s young, he’s exciting to watch, and he plays for a small-market team with great fans. In fact, the only time you’ll ever…

  15. Chris Paul fined $15,000 for words with referee

    Feb 11, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    Chris Paul had a chance to win it. Down two on the final play of overtime against the Nets, the Hornets ran a play that got Chris Paul a good look at a three (because Jordan Farmar seemed very lost). The shot rimmed out, but Paul thought he was fouled on the legs. No call.…

  16. It’s not Stephen Jackson, it’s those referees that have it in for him

    Feb 11, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    Stephen Jackson, Mark Ayotte

    Stephen Jackson will take your technical and not apologize for his actions. He owned up to his situation. His agent, he’s more conspiracy theorist, and that comes across when he spoke with ESPN. It is clear the referees are singling him out, agent Mark Stevens said. “The inconsistency of the referees’ calls or non-calls in…

  17. Dwight Howard has a technical problem

    Dec 31, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 5

    Cooler heads have prevailed —the calling of “respect for the game” technical fouls has calmed down for the most part around the league. Players reined themselves in a little, the refs are giving a little more leeway in an emotional game. But none of that seems to happen when Dwight Howard is on the floor…

  18. Shaq fined $35,000 for ripping refs on Christmas

    Dec 27, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

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    As expected after he let it fly to the media after the Orlando game, Shaquille O’Neal has been fined $35,000 for criticizing the officials, the league has announced. Shaq played just 12 minutes in the Christmas Day game and was in constant foul trouble. Which happens to guys trying to guard Dwight Howard, but Shaq…

  19. Byron Scott’s wife wants him to yell at officials more

    Dec 9, 2010, 5:43 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Denver Nuggets, Game 2

    Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott is out of the Pat Riley, old-school mode in some ways — hard practices and he expects his guys to bust it on the court. Every time. He’s also willing to bend the ear of an official. And by bend I mean use language that would make a sailor blush.…

  20. Referee race bias study back in news, still not telling us much we didn’t already know

    Dec 8, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 3: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    Remember back a couple years ago, two researchers released a study saying that black officials called slightly fewer penalties on black players and white officials called fewer penalties on white players? Then the NBA league office blew up and went into full defensive spin mode — and likely won the public relations battle — saying…

  21. Rip Hamilton ejected five minutes into Lakers/Pistons game

    Nov 17, 2010, 10:20 PM EDT

    RHamilton_ejection

    How you feel about Rip Hamilton’s ejection less than five minutes into the Lakers game against the Pistons is like a Rorschach test for how you feel about the NBA’s new “respect for the game” enforcement and use of technical fouls. At the 7:01 mark of the first quarter, Hamilton was whistled for his second…

  22. Technical fouls calls up 27 percent this season

    Nov 1, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Interesting numbers from the ESPN statistics folks, which Zach Harper lays out over at TrueHoop: Number of technical fouls per game through Oct. 31: 07-08 season, 1.18; 08-09 1.80; 09-10 1.76; This season it is 2.42 technicals per game. Per game that is a 27 percent increase over last season. Or look at it this…

  23. Kevin McHale: Give technicals to the guys who don’t play hard

    Oct 31, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Great take from Kevin McHale on the new technical foul enforcement, which the league says is about “respect for the game,” via Jerry Zgoda at the Star Tribune. “Respect for the game is playing hard,” said McHale, the former Wolves boss who is now an analyst for TNT and NBA TV. “Respect for the game…

  24. Referee crackdown will continue because owners like it

    Oct 22, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

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    Players are complaining. Pundits have ripped it. The players union has threatened a legal challenge. Fans – well, at least some fans — have laughed at it or mocked it. But the NBA’s crackdown on complaining and the fast technicals are here to stay. Why? Because the NBA owners like it, as David Stern said…

  25. NBA expands use of instant replay

    Oct 21, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    instantreplay

    Get it right. That’s all we all want as fans of the game. And while perfection will always be impossible — fans will always call the block/charge with their heart anyway — instant replay can get it a lot closer. (Did you hear that MLB?) So when the owners were not bemoaning their financial plight…

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