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“I wish I had it to do all over again and, starting 20 years ago, I’d
be suspending Phil and Pat Riley for all the games
they play in the media,” Stern said in a press conference at the Ford
Center moments before Game 3 of the Lakers-Thunder series. “You guys
know that our referees go out there and knock themselves out to do the
best job they can, but we’ve got coaches who will do whatever takes to
work them publicly. And what that does is erode fan confidence and then
you get some of the situations that we have.

So our coaches should be quiet, because this is a good business that
makes them good livings and supports a lot of families. And if they
don’t like it, they should go get a job someplace else. I don’t mean to
be too subtle. [Laughter] And I think that Phil’s a great coach. He’s a
friend of many years. I just came by and said, ‘Hi.’ And he said, ‘I
don’t like you today.’ I said, ‘I like you.’ But it’s corrosive. It’s

Because of the pressure cooker that is the NBA playoffs, over the
years I’ve let it go. But when you hear the Chicago coach [Jackson] say,
‘Oh, this game was lost because NBC wants an extra game,’ you hear a
New York coach [Riley] say, ‘Well, you know, what are you gonna do?
Jordan gets all the calls,’ it sounds like a lot of fun, etcetera. Or
you hear a Stan Van Gundy do what he wants to say and
then the players join.

We know, inside the community, what it’s meant to do. So, OK, it’s
playoff time, everyone’s crazy. Back off. But if I had to do it again, I
wouldn’t. I would stop it and the price wouldn’t be a modest $35,000
fine. It would be whatever a day’s pay is, and then two days pay, and
then a week’s pay. And if someone wants to try me the rest of this
playoffs, make my day. The game is too important and I don’t think that
the people who trash it are respecting it, and we’ll do what we have to

Players and coaches alike. They give the impression to our fans that
referees somehow have an agenda. Yeah, they have an agenda – to knock
themselves out to give the best calls that they can give, and then to
send their checks home to their mothers and give the rest to charity.” Stern threatens suspensions for continued criticism of the referees

I know I'll get crap for this, but that last graph is true. 

Now… referees have players they like and don't like.  That's because some player are a-holes and some aren't.  And yes, that influences their calls.  And yes, sometimes the home crowd will have an effect.  But I just don't believe the league would put its entire product in jeopardy by pulling strings and fixing games.

It's being said a lot around the blog world lately… basketball is maybe the hardest game out there to officiate… especially the NBA.  You've got 10 beasts out there running all over the place… bodies crashing into each other… and everyone yelling at you.  You're going to miss things… and you're going to think you see some other things.

The problem that David Stern doesn't address is when some of these referees decide they want a little attention.  He doesn't address how sometimes these guys will let a call go all game long and then decide to start calling it later.  NBA refs are the most inconsistent officials in sports… except for the occasional home plate umpire. 

So I don't think there's a conspiracy out there… but I don't think it's all rainbows and puppy dogs either.  Stern sent a little message last night… I just hope he gets the message about the officiating problems too.

On Page 2… Rondo smelled blood

“When he did that, the game changed,” Kendrick Perkins said. “I thought the (Miami) coaches made an adjustment and they had to
take both of the point guards out of the game. They couldn’t bring the
ball up, taking time off of the shot clock. That’s key when we do that.”

With the C’s holding a 49-33 lead at the half, Rondo turned up his
defensive intensity in the third quarter. He began by pressuring Carlos
Arroyo and then harassed backup Mario Chalmers.

“I just remember (Tuesday) at halftime, guys were like, they smell
blood,” Perkins said. “When they came out, you could tell. When Rondo
picked up full court and then Paul Pierce ran up to shadow, guys were just focused.”

Herald: Rajon Rondo pressing point on Miami

All of a sudden, Rondo's face-up D isn't really much of an issue anymore. 

Rajon Rondo is supposed to destroy player like Mario Chalmers and Carlos Arroyo.  They're ok players… but they're not Rondo.  Rondo, at his best, can play the best PG's in the league to a standstill. 

So thanks for stepping up your defensive intensity, Rajon.  Keep it up and we might not even get that "game 3 letdown" that we're kind of expecting.  Cleveland lost last night… so a sweep would be a great way to get a little extra rest.

The rest of the links

Herald: Celtics must work quickly  |  Globe: Caught in a Miami vise  |  Celtics taking fire out of Heat  |  Celtics Blog: Should we be concerned with how much BBD gets blocked?  |  Gino's Jungle: Always keep your ticket stub  |  NBA Musings: What your press conference outfit says about you 

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  • gordbillybob

    Who knew he was capable of this? Stern grew a pair for this speech, and I agree with all of it. Take a look the history of fines and suspensions
    Tell me where they fine someone who would even notice 25k-35k. One day’s pay is fair and is hopefully enough money to shut Rasheed up.

  • Rodger

    Stern didnt grow any balls the guys an idiot i wish 20 years ago you never came to the nba once again heres his form letter you get when you complain about officials.
    Thank you for contacting the National Basketball Association with your concerns regarding officiating. The NBA’s highest priority is to ensure that every game is determined on its merits, thus providing its fans with a truly fair and competitive league.
    We take seriously the performance of our officials. They are subjected to incredible scrutiny by the league, including tracking every call they make and holding them to the most rigorous standard in all of sports. Not only is their past performance measured, charted, and evaluated, but we employ a system of stringent metrics designed to continually hone their skills and improve their overall ability. We strive to ensure that NBA games are officiated at the highest possible level with the understanding that perfection is an unattainable goal.
    Thank you again for your concern. We appreciate your feedback regarding this issue.
    NBA Fan Relations
    We need to get rid of david stern how many chamionships has boston won in the last 20 years its all fixed but i stilll watch.

  • Lakerhater(FD)

    David Stern giving everyone a speech on ethics….Sh#t 2012 is real.

  • DRJ

    I can agree that Stern is right in the limited sense that COACHES do indeed complain in and manipulate the media for specific purposes — to affect the refs in following games. That does suck, and they should stop.
    But that is a very minor issue in the larger picture. The larger picture is that NBA refs are TERRIBLE. They DO call many games unfairly. And I am NOT talking about understandable mistakes anybody could make. I’m talking about the well-documented way in which superstars are treated differently. And the way guys like Sheed are treated.(Whether he deserves it or not is IRRELEVANT. Refs have NO RIGHT to do anything but call games evenly and correctly to their best ability.) And all those ticky-tack fouls we so often start seeing at certain points of games for no reason. And the preening around of their worst refs, who ruin games — as if fans pay to see THEM. And much more.
    Stern is out-and-out lying when he says refs always do the best job they can do. That is simply not the case, and it’s obvious.
    But for me, the worst thing about Stern is his refusal to allow video backup of all calls. In Tuesday’s game 2, there was a play where the ball was bouncing free, and both Ray and Wade were chasing it. In slow-mo, we could see that Wade hit the ball last before it went out of bounds, and that Ray’s hands weren’t even close to the ball and he NEVER touched it. The ref INSTANTLY called it the wrong way. With such ASSURANCE! Such CERTAINTY! As if he KNEW FOR SURE what the right call was. This is a perfect example. Refs HAVE to behave that way — they must make a call, they know it, so they pick a decision based on what they THINK might have happened, from their viewing angle, and they call it. End of story.
    Now this is also an example of a play NO ref can be expected to correctly see from the angle that ref had. It was impossible. So he guessed. We know that, and this is actually an understandable error.
    BUT IT’S STUPID BASKETBALL. To get that call – and a million others – perfectly right, all the NBA needs is one guy sitting there with some replay equipment and camera feeds. Within 10 seconds, the correct call could be made. There is no excuse for not getting it right.
    Some will argue that this is part of the game. Yeah, I get that. If the play happens in such a way that the refs do not see it right, then that’s the way it goes, that’s the new reality. Except for one thing: THAT SUCKS FOR US.
    The problem for the NBA is that, whereas in the past NO ONE knew the truth, now EVERYONE knows the truth. One second we get the ref’s call – and A FEW SECONDS LATER, we see that it was wrong. There is NO WAY that fans will EVER be happy with that. NEVER. And this is a problem that Stern refuses to fix, even though the fix is already in place and could be implemented without hardly breaking a sweat.
    Bottom line: refs are terrible in this league. They cheat OFTEN. And even when they are doing their best — which is the case more often than not, to be sure — they get many calls wrong because it’s physically impossible to get them right; but that’s a problem which could be easily fixed if not for Stern’s stupidity and/or stubbornness and/or collusive mendacity.