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Paul Pierce is not happy that the league is willing to start the season with replacement referees:
said. “The league needs to step up and get it in place. Last [season]
they talked about difficulties with the refs … and I’m like, ‘These
guys have been around all these years and now you’re throwing out
“Just talking to other NBA guys and getting a feel about how they feel, a lot of them aren’t happy about it.”
“You get a guy who refereed YMCA games, you’re trying to get him to go
out there and referee pro games?” Pierce said. “…Hopefully they can get
a deal in place and move forward.”
The Truth has every right to be upset. Quite frankly, I'm surprised more players aren't speaking out about the issue. They'd better do it now, because once the season starts, replacement refs or not, officiating criticism will cost them cash.
I see both sides of this story. Business is business and the league needs to draw the line somewhere in salary negotiations with the referee union.