Flopping Fines

29 05 2008

The NBA announced yesterday that, starting next season, it will impose fines for ‘clear cases of flopping’.

Funny how the NBA is now putting the blame on the players because they can’t make the right call. Should Brent Barry have flopped the other night when fouled by Fisher? Maybe he would have got the call, and won the game.

It starts with admitting YOU have a problem.

Rasheed [Bleeping] Wallace

29 05 2008

All that bull[bleep]-ass calls they had out there. With Mike [Callahan] and Kenny [Mauer] — you’ve all seen that [bleep]. You saw them calls. The cats are flopping all over the floor and they’re calling that [bleep]. That [bleep] ain’t basketball out there. It’s all [bleeping] entertainment. You all should know that [bleep]. It’s all [bleeping] entertainment. -Rasheed Wallace

League acknowledges Spurs’ Barry was fouled

28 05 2008

The league office on Wednesday reviewed the final play of the San Antonio Spurs’ 93-91 home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals and acknowledged that a two-shot foul should have been called on Derek Fisher for impeding Brent Barry.

After falling behind by seven points in the final minute, San Antonio sliced the deficit to two and regained possession with 2.1 seconds to play.

Barry then wound up with the ball in the center of the floor on a play called for Manu Ginobili and faked Fisher in the air but struggled to get off a 3-point heave at the buzzer after Fisher came down and bumped Barry.

“With the benefit of instant replay, it appears a foul call should have been made,” league spokesman Tim Frank said Wednesday.

The miss sealed an L.A. victory that moved the Lakers into a commanding 3-1 series lead entering Thursday’s Game 5 at Staples Center.

But the Spurs did not protest the non-call afterward, even though a foul called before the shot would have sent Barry to the line for two free throws and a chance to force overtime.

The non-call nonetheless generated more than the usual scrutiny because the closest referee to the play was Joey Crawford, with whom San Antonio has a contentious recent history.

“That play,” Barry said, “was not where the game was lost.”

The Spurs, in truth, wouldn’t have had a chance to tie or win the game in the final two seconds if not for a fortuitous non-call on the previous possession.

Television replays indicated that Fisher’s shot with 6.9 seconds to go grazed the rim before bouncing out of bounds off of Robert Horry’s leg, meaning that the Lakers should have had a new shot clock instead of asking Kobe Bryant to hurry a fadeaway jumper after the ensuing timeout.

The new shot clock likely would have forced San Antonio to foul Bryant as opposed to getting the ball back off Bryant’s miss to draw up a potential game-winning play.

“It wasn’t a foul. … I think it was a proper no-call from what I saw,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of Fisher bumping Barry.

Added Spurs forward Tim Duncan: “You’re not going to get that call. They’re not going to make that call.”

The Lakers were likewise adamant that no foul should have been called on Fisher, pointing at least in part to the fact that they didn’t get a new shot clock on the Fisher miss — and that Bryant didn’t earn a single trip to the free-throw line despite attempting 29 shots from the field.

“Yeah, he bumped him,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said of Fisher landing on Barry. “You know, games go like that.”

Marc Stein is the senior NBA writer for ESPN.com. To e-mail him, click here.

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Joey Crawford vs Spurs part III

27 05 2008

With 2.1 seconds on the clock, Brent Barry has the ball.

If he has a shot at the basket he has a chance to win the game.

Instead he is jumped into by Derek Fisher, if a whistle is blown he shoots 3, no call.

The announcers after the game argue that ‘he didn’t sell it’. I guess to sell it he would have had to FLOP the other extreme of not getting the call.

Joey Crawford should have blown the whistle, he didn’t. He continues to show his bias against the Spurs. David Stern and Stu Jackson are either the most ignorant people on the planet, or else know this and continue to show how pathetic their decision making.

Naive to think fixes haven’t been common

19 05 2008

by Michael Rosenberg, Special to FOXSports.com

Updated: May 19, 2008, 1:18 PM EST

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If you watched much of the NBA in recent years, you might have gotten duped at some point. Former referee Tim Donaghy bet on 14 games that he worked in 2006-07, according to court filings.

Please, please, PLEASE: Do not be surprised.

It is not a surprise that Donaghy bet on games; this was fairly apparent last summer, when he was arrested. It is not a surprise that he bet on games in which he officiated; this too was evident.

And we should not have been surprised last summer, when the news broke. The sports world is in denial about gambling.

We think point-shaving is extremely rare and isolated, mostly because that’s what we want to believe. We think of Donaghy as a rogue criminal, because it’s easier to think of him that way. But enough point-shaving scandals have emerged in the last 20 years to make fans and executives re-evaluate the threat.

Consider that A) gambling is an addiction that leads people to commit acts out of desperation, for money; B) basically every game you watch is fixable, since every game is gambled upon; and C) well, do you really need a C?

No matter the sport, we watch because we assume the outcome is not pre-determined.

Joey Crawford vs Spurs

16 05 2008

The Spurs are now 0-2, in the second round, this post-season with Joey Crawford acting as ref.  Funny how both games took place in New Orleans. 

“An NBA spokesperson said executive vice-president for basketball operations Stu Jackson confirmed that Popovich’s interpretation of the rule about foul line access was correct, but that Crawford was within his rights to make a judgment call that players from both teams had contributed to the delay of the game. “

So Popovich was correct about the rule, but Crawford can retaliate against the Spurs any way he sees fit?

Crawford as some may recall was suspended for the balance of the season and playoffs last year after a poorly called game against the Spurs. 

 He’s a horrible ref as we’ve discussed on this site before. 

The NBA really needs to base their officiating staff on a persons qualifications and not on how long they’ve been in the league.  Ref’s like Crawford, Javie, Delaney, Rush, and Bavetta have become household names.  At the expense of the game.