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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: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2009 8:46 am
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

one thing that differs from all other major sports in the NBA is how the home team is treated like"they can`t do nothing wrong" lokk back at last seasons nfl and mlb playoffs, how road teams dominated early on and that home teams did not get questionable calls! i wonder even if NBA officials are graded like NFL and MLB officials? maybe if there was some accountability on the refs part this non-sense would stop, or is the league in on this scam to keep playoff series going as long as possible? asses in seats, TV revenue and merchandise sales go up when a series keeps on rolling...



Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2009 8:39 am
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

Lets just call it like it was. Carmelo Anthony shot 10 for 27, J.R. Smith shot 4 for 23 and Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol beasted Nene in the post. Even with 4 blocks, Chris Andersen was a virtual nonfactor. The Nuggets were tossing up desperation shot that werent needed and ironically stayed in the game up to the last minutes. The Nuggets are quickly showing their postseason inexperience. Now an anonymous player is calling the Lakers out for "buying" the game. Much like Mo Williams' "guarantee," this is not something you want to throw in the face of the opposing team that just took the go ahead game and one to go.  I think the Lakers have found some good chemistry when going hard to the post because their frontcourt is much better than the Nuggs. Kobe Bryant is gonna get his when necessary so just let he and Derek Fisher control the frontcourt and feed the big guys.



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2009 8:36 am
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

I dont claim to be a big NBA fan but I do watch the Playoffs and when I read that Coachs complain to influence the officials than that is a bad deal for the NBA ecpecially after the Donahay? gambling fiasco.




Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2009 8:24 am
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

Berger, you can comment if you like-



Since: Mar 13, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2009 8:24 am
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

I have said for years that the refs are firmlu under the control of Dictator David Stern. He wants certain superstars in the NBA finals and the refs are his way of making sure of it. When the ratings on TV are low he makes sure that Kobe, LeBron, and any other superstar become the main event. Dictator Stern does not want a Denver Orlando series but the refs in the ORL CLE series have not made enough blatant foul calls to get LeBron back to the finals but they made enough calls to get the Lakers up 3 2. The NBA no longer stands for National Basketball Association. It stands for National Babies Association cause when they do not get their way they go crying to Dictator Stern.



Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2009 8:17 am
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

When Phil, or whatever pet name Berger uses for him when they are alone together, complained after a loss it is planting seeds. When a Laker opponent does the exact same thing it is "sour grapes."

The only thing in that love note to all things purple and gold that was close to accurate was:

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.

Unfortunately for Berger's integrity, that was intended as a criticism of Karl and Van Gundy because only the Zen Master should be allowed to gripe about the officials.

Let's face it...Berger's job is too create controversy so we respond. He does not even pretend to be a journalist that reports facts (or even reality.) He is less than a columnist or an opinionist...he is an antagonist...a gnat on the ass of legitimate reporters. And it works...I immediately look for his name to see what ridiculous drivvle he has concocted.

You will notice I do not criticize the officiating. The Nuggets lost because they were outplayed for the first few minutes of the fourth quarter. Period. Just like the Lakers were beat in game 4 because they were beaten in every phase of the game. Shouldn't that be enough?




Since: Sep 13, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2009 8:14 am
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

I hope this guy doesn't actually get paid to write this garbage.  Does he really think that  because the total number of fouls and free throws was about the same for both teams that it was called fairly? What a frickin tool.
I would hate to think that some refs are not calling fouls or may even be calling fouls that don't exist just to keep the total numbers for each team close so that they can use that as a defense for thier actions.
Both teams have been aggressive. Both teams have had thier share of fouls called against them. The difference is that Denver gets called for body checks, LA needs to hit someone with a rock befors they get called for a foul. Kobe could line up like an NFL lineman in a 3 point stance and tackle someone, but somehow these refs would call the foul on Denver.
This is about the NBA getting Kobe his ring without Shaq. Plain and simple. Kobe drive the lane and misses the shot? Wait, he was fouled. Two shots. Kobe is covering someone who ends up with a bloody lip? Dude should know better than to smash Kobes elbow with his face like that.
Maybe this guy should write his articles anonymously. That way he wouldn't have to pay a fine everytime he was busted for carrying the Lakers water.



Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2009 8:08 am
 

Did You Really Have To Stoop That Low

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

This is obviously BS.This Denver Nugget team come's up with an excuse every game of why they lost.Was'nt this the same team that all you analyst picked to win this series?Did they really have stoop have to stoop this low?Let's get this straight the lakers played a hek of a game and you guys lost because you make bad decisons every game that cost you the game.Looking at the stat sheet the Nuggets got beat by the Lakers bench starting with Lamar Odom.Just necause you get hacked what thirty times does not mean you have to stoop this low.


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.



He know's he not going to get fined and i guess Phil Jackson knew he was.All of Ne-Ne fouls was clear as a woman with a big but.Have you not took a look at your team fourth quarter shooting (5-21) you guys would have won.I awnestly think it was J.R. Smith or K-Mart because these are the only two people that would stoop this low on the Denver Nuggets.



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2009 7:58 am
 

Berger Tell Me You're Smarter Than That!!!!!

Ken Berger, (Sucker) I read every line you typed and I am still dumb-founded with your lack of deep insight into the game last night.  It was as obvious as the sun rising, that the officiating was a factor last night.  You supposedly thought you used great sarcasm in your column when you actually used a lot of short sightedness.  Consider this, then consider hiding this column so others will not tear into your small intelligence:

#1- Kenyon Martin would not miss so many shots if he wasn't being fouled

#2
- Gasol and Odom don't score that many points in the paint when the guy who is supposed to be defending them (Nene) is on the bench with foul trouble

#3- The Nuggets don't shoot 5-21 in the fourth quarter if they aren't being fouled in the process a lot of times


As far as the turnovers and the Nuggets mind set, when you are frustrated and feel you don't have control of your destiny, you lose focus and they obviously lost focused.  The entire team was discombobulated with the officiating that warrants some merit to something not right with the way the game was called, not to mention the exact opposite in disparities of calls from one game to the other.

Karl, nailed it, when he said this is too good of a series to allow the refs to control the game.  The refs have already been exposed of cheating and scrupulous tactics, what makes this different?  The refs were factor in the game last night and that is unfortunate.  I hope there are fines givien out and not to the teams or players/coaches, but to the refs and have them all replaced. 



Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2009 7:53 am
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

well said.


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