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Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

Posted on: May 28, 2009 5:30 am
 
LOS ANGELES -- An NBA playoff series doesn't begin until you have a good ol' referee conspiracy.

Conspiracy theory, I should add.

And a deeply flawed one.

Nonetheless, we're in for an interesting day in the Los Angeles area Thursday now that a member of the Nuggets has told the Denver Post -- anonymously, of course -- that he believes the Lakers bought their 103-94 victory over the Nuggets in Game 5 Wednesday night for the very reasonable price of $50,000.

For those keeping score at home, that's how much Lakers coach Phil Jackson and the Lakers paid in fines for complaining about the officiating after Game 4.

"The Lakers paid $50,000 to win that game," the anonymous Nuggets player told the Post. "They got their money's worth."

The player did not allow his name to be used, for fear of retribution from the league, the Post reported. But let's be fair. The player didn't allow his name to be used because he didn't want to pay a fine himself for such a salacious comment. If I were Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke, I'd make it my business to find out who said that, and deduct the inevitable fine that will be assessed to the Nuggets from his paycheck.

If it was Kenyon Martin, for example, I'd ask him to forfeit $10,000 of his game check for each of the nine shots he missed from the field.

If it was Nene, for instance, I'd ask him to pay up for each of the 33 points Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom combined to score in the paint that he was supposed to have been defending.

It doesn't matter who said it, really. What matters is that the Nuggets have resorted to a different sort of dirty trick than the one that raised Jackson's ire after Game 4. This was worse than Dahntay Jones tripping Kobe Bryant in that game. This reeked of sour grapes.

The Nuggets were called for 30 personal fouls in Game 5 Wednesday night. The Lakers were called for 22. The resulting disparity of five free throws wasn't enough to account for the nine-point difference on the scoreboard. But that's not the point.

I don't pretend to have watched all 52 fouls called in the game, nor have I gone frame-by-frame through all the fouls that weren't called. And as busy as I'll be Thursday getting reaction from the various parties involved, I won't have time. But that's not the point. To the naked eye, it was a liberally officiated game at both ends of the floor by referees Monty McCutcheon, Ron Garretson, and Tom Washington. Obvious contact in the act of shooting and/or driving to the basket was ignored at both ends.

Before the game, Jackson playfully commented on his $25,000 fine -- an additional $25,000 was assessed to the Lakers -- by saying, "I'm a gardener. I like planting seeds. Constantly."

After the game, Nuggets coach George Karl channeled his inner Stan Van Gundy, lamenting the fact that playoff games have turned into a contest of which coach can gripe the most in hopes of influencing the officials.

"I'm not going to get fined," said Karl, who proceeded to make comments that almost certainly will get him fined. "... It was a difficult whistle to play, no question about that. Every player in my locker room is frustrated, from guards to big guys. Look at the stat sheet. Gasol goes after at least 20 jump shots and 20 shots to the rim and gets one foul. Our big guys have 16. I don't know. Nene has six fouls; three or four of them don't exist. And it's frustrating when you take one of your big guys off the court for that many minutes.

"I think Stan Van Gundy says it right," Karl continued. "In the postgame, we're lobbying for the league to help us with the refereeing. And this is too good a series. It's too good of teams competing that we're sitting here just confused by the whistle."

I don't think the referees had anything to do with the Nuggets' 5-for-21 shooting in the fourth quarter. I don't think the referees had anything to do with Denver's four consecutive turnovers in the third, when the Lakers started making their move. But I disagree with one anonymous Nuggets player -- speaking for the entire locker room, apparently. We'll see Thursday, when the teams speak with the media before flying to Denver, if anybody backs him up.

My guess? It's going to be a costly day for both sides.
Category: NBA
Comments

Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: May 30, 2009 1:34 pm
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

It seems like a message board because you just read a blog. Not an article.



Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2009 8:29 pm
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

The fact that the refs cannot call a consistent game is the reason why it is very difficult for me to watch the NBA anymore.  I do not like the "coin flip" blocking / charging call, nor the superstar benefit calls. 



Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2009 7:06 pm
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

Call a fair game!!.....if you can't handle the work (boohoo "it's so hard) then quit.  It would be great if those so BUBBLE BOYS would be told they are no longer allowed to talk to the refs....actually all the players should be under a new rule....NOT ALLOWED TO TALK TO REFS. The following is from the official NBA rules:


a. A team may have a captain and a co-captain numbering a maximum of two. The designated captain may be anyone on the squad who is in uniform, except a player-coach.

b. The designated captain is the only player who may talk to an official during a regular or 20-second timeout charged to his team. He may discuss a rule interpretation, but not a judgment decision.



Get your facts before you post.  Lebron, Kobe, and Wade are team captains and are allowed under the rules to talk to the refs.  You don't like the rule, too bad.  Or write to David Stern... maybe he will listen to your whiney a-- opinion.  Or not.



Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2009 6:55 pm
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

Ridiculous and stupid comment.  The fact is the Nuggets can't guard Kobe without fouling or (tripping) him; by the way no foul called on that play?  As Laker fans we are used to it.  It would be unfair if the refs called a foul for Kobe everytime he was really fouled because the entire Nugget team would foul out by halftime and the game would have to be forfeited.  Keep crying about fouls but Kobe can't be guarded without fouling him and u cry when you finally get some calls to go against you?  Hilarious!



Since: Apr 11, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2009 5:31 pm
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

They favor the big players in the NBA....I call them BUBBLE BOYS.....get inside their bubble and get called a foul.

LEBRON JAMES
KOBE BRYANT
DWAYNE WADE

Call a fair game!!.....if you can't handle the work (boohoo "it's so hard) then quit.  It would be great if those so BUBBLE BOYS would be told they are no longer allowed to talk to the refs....actually all the players should be under a new rule....NOT ALLOWED TO TALK TO REFS.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2009 3:52 pm
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

by making the refs call a foul when its a foul and call an infraction when its an infraction You mean like calling a travel a travel instead of changing the rule to accommodate the extra step the refs seem to let the players take.  I agree with you 100%.  If the refs actually called the game closer to what actually happens, we might actually get to see the players decide the out come of almost all of the games.



Since: Dec 20, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2009 3:14 pm
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

I agree with your friends.  Basketball officiating is atrocious and make the game unwatchable. 




Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2009 3:10 pm
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

WaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaH!  The reason the Lakers shoot so poorly at times in because thugs Nene and Martin are hacking them but we just play through it and don't cry!  WaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaHHHH!



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2009 2:47 pm
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

"""#2 The only bad call on Nene was the 6th foul
#3 The Nuggets went 5-21 and had 4 consecutive turnovers because they took bad shots, quit driving the ball to the basket and lost their poise."""

Turns out that 6th foul is kind of a big deal, he fouled out. Also the reason the nuggets shot so poorly was because when they went inside they got hacked, so they had to stay out of the box. There are explanations for those "bad shots"



Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2009 1:50 pm
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

This is the most retarded thing ever... Nugget fans should be ashamed... LETS RECAP!

They get pissed off when someone complains about the officiating, but when it happens to them... GOOD GOD THE WORLDS ENDS!

Lets look at the previous two series... Lets pretty much beat Chris Paul with a bat and get all the calls and win the series? Or, lets have the worst officiating I have ever seen in the series vs. Dallas. And somehow once again... Get all the calls? No problem with the officiating then huh nugget fans? AWWW but when it happens to you guys you all go home and cry! BOO HOO! Welcome to the world of the NBA!!!! Grow up and except that you lost! I don't like the Lakers nor the Nuggets...


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