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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: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2009 11:55 am
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

you don't think the nba and espn what kobe the rapist to win?
I don't know about the NBA (although I have my suspicions) but there is no doubt that ESPN wants the Lakers to win.  LeBron and Kobe puppets in studio, Sportcenter Los Angeles, sitting live outside of Staples last night, etc.  Do you think that Sportscenter would have been live outside Staples had the Nuggets won?  Doubtful.  Once again, I just think that the officiating is way too inconsistent, but it isn't easy offciating a big bunch of babies anyway. In my opinion certain players (NeNe) have a target on their back as being foul prone, and home teams will get more calls, period.  That has been and will be the trend. 



Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2009 11:53 am
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

Blue collar, I don't think anyone on here has officiated on a regular basis.  But for you to say it's not easy.....well it's not, but college refs seem to have no problems.  You know why?  Because they call the game as they see it.  They don't pay attention to who is fouled or who is doing the fouling.  No need to determine who's the all star and who isn't.  That's what makes their job difficult.  Just watch the game, make calls consistenly on both sides, then it isn't quite so hard now is it?



Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2009 11:52 am
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

You are bang on Nateville. The simple minded ones just look at the number of fouls or foul shots for each team. Often, it is the non-calls that play a bigger role - and that was certainly the case last night. The refs have the ability to completely change the way any given game will be played - and they usually do so in favour of the home team when it comes playoff time. You watch, Game 6 in Denver will be different, and then we will have a repeat of Game 5 back in L.A. The Lakers will win in 7. And it will not be just the players who will decide that. I'm not sure I would call it a conspiracy, it could have something to do with wimpy refs who can't call a game fairly in a hostile environment.



Since: May 24, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2009 11:50 am
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THE CONSISTENCY, AS THERE IS NONE WHAT SO EVER, I BET THE OFFICIALS DO EVERYTING IN THEIR POWER FOR CLEVELAND TO WIN TONIGHT AS MY THEORY THAT THE MAGIC AND THE NUGGETS GETTING ROBBED TURNED OUT TO BE TRUE, THE REFS DID ALL THEY COULD TO HELP THE CAVS BUT THE MAGIC MANAGED TO BEAT THE OFFICIALS AS WELL AS THE CAVS SO FOR FOR THIS IM VERY PROUD OF MY TEAM,UNFORTUNATELY FOR THE NUGGETS THEY COULD NOT DO THIS AS I BELIEVE THEY ARE MUCH BETTER THAN THE LAKERS AND  THE OFFICIALS ARE GIVING NON- IGSISTANT FOULS IN FAVOUR OF THE LAKERS SO GUYS LIKE NENE GO TO THE BENCH FOR MOST OF THE GAME.  HOPEFULLY WE CAN GET THE JOB DONE AND GET TO THE FINALS.




Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2009 11:50 am
 

What da heck is an NBA foul?

Obviously fouls in the NBA come from several different standards, and that's what sucks about the NBA. I too don't watch games anymore due to the "he drew contact" then made the shot. It's one thing to fake a defender onto your back. But, it's another for an offensive player to jump into a defender who's standing flat footed on the floor with his arms raised straight up, and for the ref to say foul on the defense. (Usually it's Kobe or LeBron or some other superstar doing the jumping in)

At least when the Bad Boy Pistons played they left little doubt what was and what wasn't a foul. (At least most of the time!)

NBA refs are invariably a joke.

Nuff said.  



Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2009 11:49 am
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

o yeah and of course you want the lakers to and kobe to win!!!



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2009 11:47 am
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

As a guy who coaches a 10u youth baskebtall team. I can tell you the refs are evn worse there. So it must not be as easy as it looks, because those refs sucks even more.



Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2009 11:46 am
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

You are an idiot of course it was bought.  you don't think the nba and espn what kobe the rapist to win?



Since: May 16, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2009 11:43 am
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

#1 Kenyon Martin was taking and missing wide open jump shots
#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.

#4 They do not know how to win yet, they can't even get the ball inbounds when the game is on the line.

#5 You are the same kind of person that illustrates why our society is messed up.  It is always somebody else's fault.  Nuggets played crappy in the 4th that is why they lost.  You know what the say excuses are for, Losers.

Man up --they got beat.



Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2009 11:41 am
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

Give me a break, Laker haters.  Denver has been getting away with murder all series, from Jones tripping Kobe to K-Mart pushing Derek Fisher around prior to the jump ball in game 4 (Fisher was called for shoving Martin) and K-Mart throwing an elbow in Gasol's chops at multiple times.  Jones' trip was a flagrant that didn't get called, for pete's sake!  Everyone crying that the Lakers are getting calls isn't watching closely or fairly, and is also not giving Carmelo Anthony his due.

Calls are being missed both ways.  Ask guys like Luke Walton, Trevor Ariza, and any point guard trying to guard Chauncy Billups if they're getting their money's worth on the fouls that are called.  Stars get special treatment.  Lakers have Kobe and Pau, Denver's got Melo and Billups.  Losing teams, and their fans, whine about calls.  Take a step back from your team and look at the whole game before you decide if the officiating is getting uneven.


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