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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

Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2009 5:00 pm

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

Berger - you should look up the word "salacious" in the dictionary.  It doesn't mean what you think it does.

Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2009 4:45 pm

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

First off you might learn to spell, and who was complaining about the ref's after game 4?  The officiating is terrible and when you have the foul descrepency with the big men it it very obvious.  Kobe gets all the calls and Anthony gets mugged going to the basket and no call come his way.  The Lakers did not play a "hek" of game, the Nuggets got frustrated with the call against them they were afraid to get close for fear a foul would be called. 

Since: May 24, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2009 4:36 pm

That was so biased

I can tell they you obviusly rooting for the Lakers. The Laekrs may not have bought the win but i think even the refs sometimes are prone to favoring some players to tohers. Im not saying if its an obvious foul but i notice some fouls go ignored. Either way i dont think this will help the Nuggets at all... it will just cause controversy and fines....

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2009 4:31 pm

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

These sorts of cry baby posts make people want to puke !! Lebron is really getting all the calls and the league is trying to put them through ?? Last time I checked they were down 3-1. So much whiny crap on this site at times.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2009 4:27 pm

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

I've refed (and coached) and I do agree with what you say.  For the most part.  But there are some...unexplained evidence.

--NBA refs get paid more than college refs, yet most people would agree the CBB officiating is better.

--most people would agree, and some nba insiders have admitted, that certain players are allowed more leeway (imagine in baseball the best hitters get a smaller strike zone or the best pitchers get a larger strike zone...they'd be unstoppable! if these players are the best, why help them out more? oh yeah cause fans like the large stats and that makes the nba heads more money)

--it seems complaining to the officials in the NBA works more than any other major sport

There have been several terrible calls.  Like I said, I've refed plenty and a few of these calls seemed too easy to mess up.  For example, LeBron's drive at the end of Game 2 I think.  He leaned forward, out of control, defender going backward with arms straight up, Lebron stuck his elbow out and dove into the guy, fell down, and got the call.  Magic still won, but that was a terrible call but I wasn't surprised at all he got it.

Plus, I was proven right.  I rarely scream that a game is fixed (whether on side or total) but I did during a couple of the games during the Suns/Spurs games....which were later proven to be inappropiately officiated by Donaghey.  I don't think you can get upset with people for thinking a player might be juicing in the MLB when it's been proven players have juiced, likewise I don't think you should get upset at people thinking an NBA game may be fixed when it's been proven they have before.

Just saying, NBA reffing looks the fishiest out of any of the main sports.

Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2009 4:22 pm

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

here is a look at LA and Den players who ave over 30 min a game, and how many min they play (on ave) between fouls.  This if for the entire playoffs, not just this series


Chauncey Billups(DEN): 17.07 Min between fouls

Kobe Bryant(LAL): 15.07

Pau Gasol(LAL): 13.01

Lamar Odom(LAL): 10.27

Carmelo Anthony(DEN): 9.74

Trevor Ariza(LAL): 9.65

Kenyon Martin(DEN): 9.11

Nene(DEN): 8.04

Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2009 4:18 pm

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

Your a reject and you need to learn to spell and write. You make all lakers fans sound stupid.  If all of NENE's fouls were legit then I guess it's ok for anyone to put there shoulder down and run people over to fowl them out right? I feel that the fourth quarter of this game had bad officiating. I'm not a fan of Denver but do believe they got hosed. I also feel that other teams this year had early departures from the playoffs do to poor officiating. The NBA has got to get this under controll. I don't think that giving a fine to a player or coach for letting out frustration is the way to go. As far as stooping low goes, nothing can stoop as low as the cry baby Lakers.

Since: May 7, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2009 4:09 pm

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

Do you have vision problems or something?? Because if you don't and you know the rules of the game, then refereeing IS EASY!!!! And DO NOT say it's not. Now, having said that, referees can get caught up in the emotions of the moment and make bad calls or use bad judgement, just like players and coaches can AND DO all the time. But that should be the exception BY FAR and not the norm. If a referee constantly makes bad calls, then they should be fired!!! Bottom line!!! If I continue to make bad decisions at my job, I GET FIRED!!! And the same should apply to referees. So please stop trying to say their job isn't easy because IT IS!!!!

Since: Dec 4, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2009 4:07 pm

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

People that make excuses are losers!  Plain and simple.  At the end of 3 quarters the game was tied, the fact is Denver didn't make enough plays to win the ballgame.  Has the officiating been great at any point this offseason...No.  I don't remember a playoff season being called this badly before, from the weak flagrants to the insane technicals being dished out.  But the fact of the matter is both teams have to play through it.  And anyone making excuses about why they didn't do this and why they couldn't do that is a loser plain and simple.  Lets see you go to your boss when that report is due and give him 5 reasons you don't have it ready and see what happens.  Play ball and shut up, make plays and stop crying.  You put the ball in the basket and you win, JR Smith shot like 3 for 15 or some nonesense, next you're gonna tell me the refs were blinding him when he was shooting.  Once again, only losers make excuses, you lost now go back home win and push it to 7 if you can.

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2009 3:58 pm

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

The NBA has been rigged for as long as i can remember. I can think back to playoff games from when i was 9 years old(36 now) thinking "Why do the refs get so bad in the playoffs" Well after watching the NBA for so many years it finally hit me..........ITS RIGGED!!

Just another of many examples of David(MOB BOSS) Sterns puppet strings being pulled in crunch time. No i am not a Laker hater, this goes for all teams, who does Boss Stern want to win. Plain and simple. It has been rigged for a long time, not just when Stern came aboard. Hes just carrying on the tradition.    &

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