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Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

Posted on: May 28, 2009 5:30 am
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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.
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Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2009 11:34 am
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

Getting fined for simply criticizing the refs is bad, wrong, should have been never an NBA rule. It's just not right.
Saying that, saying that Lakers bought their win in game 5 is rediculous and insane. So many calls were missed in both sides.
Lakers played deep and made the contacts, therefore they got the calls. Nuggets were a jump shooters, and missed alot of them. Jump shooting team get less free throws SIMPLE. The same thing happened to Lakers in game 4.

Now teams losing and blam it on refs is just getting too old.  Play Basketball and quit whining



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2009 11:15 am
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

Well you will have to continue defending it to me because as a Magic fan it is BRUTAL watching the officials operate when the Magic are in Boston or Cleveland.  In Amway, I will admit, they get there fair share of calls, but nothing compared to the treatment Boston gets at the Garden or LA gets in the Staples Center.  I thought it was just my imigination for the last couple of years, but now watchnig these playoffs it is very real.  I will not go far s to say the NBA is rigged, but i firmly believe that David Stern and/or the head of officials have an uspoken agreement that they will do anything they can to extend series to 7 games (how else can you explain why home court is SO valuable in the NBA compared to MLB, NHL, and the NFL). 

I hope when the Magic beat Cleveland and win the title this year the NBA will embrace Dwight Howard as the marketable superstar that he is and then he will get bailed out on every play that could go either way like LeBron and Kobe.  Actually on second though, I hope not.....



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2009 11:02 am
 

nba market

It's really sad to think about but the NBA doesn't want a denver-orlando finals. The ratings would be terrible. People pay money to see big names play (Kobe and Lebron and D-wade). That's why they get protected the way they do and take so many fouls shots.  It's a simple business. The more tickets the NBA sells and the Higher the T.V. ratings....the more money it will make. Too bad that's the way it is but its not going to change.



Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2009 10:55 am
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

whoa, that text came out large... sorry 'bout that!



Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2009 10:48 am
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

As a diehard Laker fan (to proclaim my bias Laughing) the comments from the "unnamed Nugget player" and his angry mob of supporters just kill me.  There have certainly been plenty of non-calls and bad calls - on both sides.  Believe me, I wanted to complain about them when the Lakers lost too... except I know better.  As in any sport, you have to have the mental toughness to get over whatever it was that just went wrong - that home run you just gave up... the nine-iron you just shanked into the woods... the call the ref just blew. Obviously at least one Nugget doesn't have it right now, and if it is contagious there will be no game 7.

As for this idiotic notion that the NBA is "fixing" the games to produce a Lebron/Kobe showdown... all I can say is what utter "male cattle feces". A ref trying to fix games for personal benefit is one thing, but a conspiracy of this magnitude would be impossible to keep the wraps on. I guess some people have to cope with their team losing in different ways. I prefer to say my team got beat by a better team. Or at least by a team that played better. Hopefully, I won't be saying that in June.

All of the teams playing now are good teams. The Lakers are, position by position, more talented than the Nuggets. They should win. But Denver is good enough to capitalize on mistakes and steal the series if LA doesn't bring their A game. I don't follow the East real close (I do have a life outside of BB), but while LeBron is obviously the best player in that series, Orlando appears to have the better team. Call it conference bias, but I think this year's winner will be from the West.

Kudos to the Denver fans who take their loss for what it was - they got outplayed in game 5.

Go NBA. Go Lakers




Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2009 10:35 am
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

WAAAAAAAAAAAAh I didn't get my fouls called for me so I'll just make an excuse on that being why we lost?  WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!  The fact of the matter is that Denver fouls constantly with their thugs on their team and if every foul were called on them they wouldn't have any players to play after the 1st quater.  Keep crying and make sure to watch the Lakers in the finals.  WaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaH!



Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2009 10:23 am
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

Wow you no longer watch the NBA but you seek out stories related to the NBA on sportsline.  Sometihing fishy here.  I think you might be a nuggets fan, cause if I was I wouldn't watch the NBA either.




Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2009 10:15 am
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

JUST LOOK AT THE WAY THE LEAGUE DRAFTS AND YOU KNOW YOU CAN'T TRUST THEM. THEY DON'T EVEN LET THE PUBLIC WATCH THEM PULL THE PINGPONG BALLS ANYMORE. SO HOW DO I KNOW THAT THE CLIPPERS WON THE DRAFT'S 1ST PICK. LOOK AT TWO YEARS AGO PORTLAND WAS A BAD TEAM WITH FINANCIAL TROUBLE IN A SMALL MARKET AND SEATTLE WAS THREATENING TO MOVE FOR FINANCIAL TROUBLE ALSO. THEY HAD SMALL CHANCES TO MOVE UP THE DRAFT BOARD AND THEY BOTH GET THE 1ST AND SECOND PICKS IN THE DRAFT BY CHANCE, COME ON. THEY WERE TRYING TO SAVE THESE TWO FRANCHISES AND IT WORKED OUT WELL FOR ONE OF THEM. THE DRAFT IS DICTATED AS WELL AS THE PLAYOFFS AND FINALS. IT'S ALL FIXED.




Since: Sep 21, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2009 10:07 am
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

The same old story in the NBA, jujst as many other bloggers pointed out. The officiating is maddenly inconsistent, and it has become obvious even to the casual sportsfan who watches NBA games that there is a degree of bias given to "superstars" and the home team when it comes to making calls. The sad reality is that the NBA is a money-making enterprise that (especially) needs key playoff series, which are nationally televised, to extend as long as possible, and additionally favors large market teams to prosper in the playoffs (for TV ratings). 

As has been seen many times, dating back to the Michael Jordan era of phantom calls and no calls, it is simply too obvious to ignore. It is rigged? I honestly don't believe it is rigged, but the bias is there, everyone who watches the games knows that, which is one (of the many) reasons the NBA has dimished in stature and has lost market share. I was once a huge NBA fan, but have turned my attention to college hoops now, which is certainly less athletic but is more passionate and team oriented, and although far from completely pure, is a better game than the NBA (and that is sad to say, because the NBA post season this year has indeed been wonderfully competitive and exciting).

NBA, as others have said, clean up the officiating, make it more consistent, and if you do, the "bias" that appears to be part fo the game will undoubtedly be removed, and maybe you won't have so many people complaining, including the coaches and players (Phil Jackson has been crying about officiating for 15 years, and players as well)...






Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2009 10:07 am
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

How about this?

The officiating in the NBA has been so bad for years that NO ONE CAN TELL if the game is rigged or if it's just unfair toward favored teams (Lakers in this case) or if the refs just stink as a matter of course.

The rules are interpreted differently at different times.

IT'S SO BAD NO ONE CAN TELL AND NO ONE CARES. It makes the game almost ridiculous to watch.



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