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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: Sep 21, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2009 10:08 pm

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

well said......u can see it on the face of the players....they know when a call comes out.....the smart one's like billups last night just don't react....hoping that they might get the same rediculous call when they are at home...... just call it the same eveygame for both is so frigin obvious....

Since: Sep 21, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2009 10:02 pm

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

  1. the NBA officiating has changed the game way too the point of what kind of players make it and the ones that don't in the league......too many whistles.....too much one on one.....i am no fan of nene....but that guy was robbed last night.......highway robbery by the officials.....i don't care about home court advantage.....just call the game fair...ALL THE TIME.
  2. you NBA ref's need to hide your agenda better...

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2009 10:02 pm

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

Very nice scorpionbite...bout time someone says something original, intelligent and very factual!
You dont f^ck with Vegas!

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2009 9:46 pm

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

To take it a step further and go to the other series.    Dwight Howard is on the verge of being suspended because he can't keep his cool and so the league conveniently decides to take back his last technical so he isn't on that cusp.    If your refs on the court at the time deemed it necessary to call that last flagrant, and the 5 before I might add, why would you retract it and make your refs look even more stupid than they are being portrayed???    Stand behind your employees, if you think that ref assessing the technical fouls is wrong then I better not see him the rest of the playoffs.

With all that said the Lakers do seem to get alot of the questionable calls and almost all coinflip calls go their way.    Has been that way for years...since the Shaq/Kobe days.  

To debunk the conspiracy myth of the NBA...why would they let the Clippers get the #1 overall pick? 

Since: Oct 16, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2009 9:29 pm

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

Zack ...  You hit the nail squarely on the head !

;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp; This article and Ken Berger both reek of the yellow and purple colors of the lakers ... It is blantly clear that Mr Berger is a laker fan, and this story is completely biased in a laker light ...

  And as for Mr Ken Berger, He needs to find a new job or else start writing unbiased articles ... If he ever wants to be taken seriously as a sports writer !!!

Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2009 9:15 pm

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

Whaah!!!!  You need your binky? 

First off, O' Genio, statement #2 makes no sense at all.  Might want to re-type that.

AS for the rest, what do you expect from a physical series?  You win some, you lose some.  Are you tryin to tell me that you saw every non-call from some magic box in your living room?  If so, i would like to purchase it.  Any box that can give me the same perspective as being on the court, including peripheral view, has to be magic!!  If it isn't magic, then u only saw about half the game really.  You should enjoy the ref's willingness to let them play.  If they called everything, that means the finesse team would win.  We know which team that is.

As far(t) as the Stern conspiracy;  Understanding the type of businessman he is, I don't doubt he told his boys to let it be a 7 game series.  Wait a minute, isn't that handled by an independent part of the league?  My bad.  O.k. 

How, bout we get some robotic cameras, and video every square inch of game surface;  Then, stop the game every 2 seconds to call a foul on all the stuff that got missed.  That way we can see every replay of illegal hands-to-the-ass at home, and watch every carry over of the ball get called properly.  Yeah, that would be alot of fun to watch.  I mean, according to your logic, the players have nothing to say about the outcome.  Hell, why even play the game at all? 

Let's all go play NBA on our Xbox instead.  Unfortunately, I don't own one so I'm guess I'm out.

Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2009 9:15 pm

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

The Nuggets and their fans have no room to complain about the refs. Case in point the Mavs series they were given a game by the refs on a missed foul call at the end of the game. The league later on came back and said it was a bad call and a missed call I didn't se the Nugget players or coaches complaining about that call. How soon we forget!!!!!!

Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2009 9:07 pm

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

Wow,is all that can be said about this article and the comments that follow....
you can tell the laker fans from the nugget fans.. No good series goes without either team or there fans crying about the refs
when the lakers win the laker fans have nothing to say about the refs,and the same goes for when the nuggets win..
I agree the refs make terrible call,and miss obvious calls,has anyone been watching the cav's magic series? when howard blocked james from behind a very obvious clean block and without hesitation the ref blew the whistle it happens in every game in every series
seriously how many times has caremelo been out of control and then been bailed out by the whistle? i don't know the stats but im pretty sure melo has to have shot more free throws then anyone else in the series if not it's gotta be pretty close..
80 something foul shots shot in game 4 when melo went 3-16 from the field and yet still managed to some how score 15 - 16 points?
same as the magic series james has to be shooting about 12 or so a game and in game 3 in that series they shot like 88 free throws combined,thats just too many free throws for professionals,the refs seriously in my opinion have to stop calling the little bumps and only
call things that actually effect what a certain player does each time down the floor.. every player mostly super stars yell and scream and cry like babies when they don't get a whistle,cause nowadays the game seems to be won or lost at the foul line and the players EXPECT a whistle any time they drive lane or get touched...
letting the  players play shows who the better team is everytime,refs do have to much control and do make watching games boring when all u hear is a whistle.. but these million dollar cry baby players and fans need to stop making excuses nugget fans weren't complaining when there team won by 20 points but cry foul when they lose by 9 go figure

Since: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2009 9:05 pm

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

are you kidding me the game was called fairly well in both favor in the sence that the officials missed calls both way just look at the way things are going when kobe drives the lane and gets nailed but doesnt get a foul and anthony gets a foul when bynum clearly had a clean block and in conclusion the officials need to figure this out there is way to many missed called and way to many techs being handed out especially ones like the one given to howard when he was a little excited about hitting a shot and then lamar never gets a tech when he hits a big shot makes sence to me

Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2009 9:03 pm

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

I don't think any member of the Nuggets or their fan base can complain about the calls of the refs at all. Case in point in the series with the Mavs the Refs missed a call that they later admitted was wrong and it directly cost the Mavs a victory. Not to mention the numerious other calls they got during that series. Let me finish by saying I am in no way a Mavs fan and I don't like Mark Cuban but whats wrong is wrong and for the Nuggets and their fans to complain about any calls is just FOUL!!!!!!!!

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