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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: Sep 4, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2009 8:59 pm
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

i totally agree that the lakers are not to be at fault. i mean yes we know that franchise players do tend to get more calls than the average player and yes we do know that at the end of the game refs are going to be more likely to let a player get away with a call. but we have to be honest here, the nuggests played like trash in the fourth when and the refs let a lot of fouls that could have been called on them as well as on the lakers go there must have been a five minute span in the fourth where both teams were going back and forth unable to score and there were many fouls on both teams..u cant blame the refs on anything before the fourth because the game was tied and if u cant win a 12 minute game when the ref are letting it go then u should have never been complaining that the mavs were soft and that it was not your fault they were getting ticky tack fouls



Since: Feb 9, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2009 8:44 pm
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

Regardless of the ill feeling between theses two clubs--It's been an entertaining series--My ONLY gripe is the booing of L.A.'s Fischer--WHO among you would deny a loving father making a decision to get the best help available for his loved daughter!  Basket-ball is a game--Family trancends this!  I'm ashamed of the Denver fans and am listing my retirement home in Colo Sp for sale---I'll stay here where there is some compassion!  Grow up Coloradoeans!!



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2009 8:25 pm
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

The refs have been horrible, but not b/c they are shafting the Nuggets.  The refs let the Nuggets get away with far too much in the first two games and now the Nuggets are mad b/c legitimate fouls are getting called against them.  Also, remember that Nene is constantly in foul trouble, even in the regular season.  It is one of the things that has held back his development.  K-Mart is an "enforcer" player who's game is all about rough play and physical intimidation.



Since: Feb 21, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2009 8:24 pm
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

You MUST be joking.  If you've had your eyes open, you would have seen NENE swinging elbows, Carmelo doing the same, Dahntay tripping and just in case you're TOTALLY Blind, in the Denver Post are two examples of Carmelo and Chauncey whacking Lakers across the face!!  Oh, almost forgot, JR Smith being . . .  well, JR Smith, in other words, an ass!?  Other than that the THUGGETS are Angels!?  ;-)  'Just like the Celtics last year, Denver feels they must grab/hold/tackle to have a chance, and yet when the other team reciprocates, Karl & his clowns cry foul!?  How ludicrous!!  Seriously 54-36 points in the paint is all a non-informed b-ball person needs to know as far as who the aggressor was!?  Come back & comment when you're not wearing your STUPID AS A BRONCO FAN HAT, K??!!



Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2009 8:21 pm
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

It's funny how Denver fans complain about the Refs but it's Denver who has 2 Flagrant fouls issued after the game is already over. Those are points that should have gone to the Lakers. THe dirty play by jones that was never called.



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2009 8:16 pm
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

Wow this article is not bias. Your a jackass. You could have not seen any of the game and still read this article and know it was coming from a clown. Get over it. It was referreed horribly and they did buy it.



Since: Feb 21, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2009 8:14 pm
 

Kizsla's most pathetic/desperate article ever!

This is no more than a Nuggets team used to getting away with rough play and having the other team do the same to them for 1 game.  Sorry, but what goes around comes around.  Stop being the biggest hippocrites and DEAL with it!!?  What a joke?!  Carmelo being pushed around, really?!  Welcome to Kobe's everyday life with push/hack man Dahntay Jones, famous for pushing/hacking Chris Paul as well?!  Denver has ABSOLUTELY NO room to talk.  The THUGGETS are more WWF than NBA.  Just go away and come back when you've paid your dues, which isn't yet!?  Do you SERIOUSLY think that Nene is better than Gasol??!  NOT!!  Or Martin better than Odom??!  Not!!  Or Chicken-man better than Bynum??!  Not!!  Didn't think so!!?



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2009 7:57 pm
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

By the way, I am not a Laker fan, I live much closer to the Nuggets and generally root for the smaller market teams in any league MLB, NBA, NFL which would be the Nuggets.  Actually, I have 2 Nuggets shirts in my closet and and 0 Lakers, so I wouldn't classify me as a lakers fan.  And seriously, it isn't bush league to guess that it was Kmart or Smith.  Just use reason and logic, Billups is too much of a professional to say something like that, Anthony has stangely been absent in most of the harder fouls by either team and as a star gets more calls, Nene may be a mute (who has ever heard that guy talk), anyone else on the team doesn't matter, so the only two you have left are Smith and Martin.  Both of whom are always getting T'ed up for what?  Complaining about officials and both of who either can't control outbursts of negative emotion on the court (Smith) or are flagrant foul machines (Martin).  Common sense screams Martin or Smith.



Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2009 7:56 pm
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

Next time before you post on this website make sure you can post in clear English.  Nene's fouls were clear, huh?  Apparently you are blind.  Get a clue please before you even attempt to post on this site.  At least pass 3rd grade before you try again. 



Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2009 7:53 pm
 

Nuggets accuse Lakers of buying a win

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 upHilarious comments by a moron.  You don't think the officiating had anything to do with the Nuggets 5-21 shooting?  Go back and watch the tape.  On no less than 5 drives the Nuggets were hacked only for the foul not to be called.  Would the shooting statistics have been the same if those fouls would have been called?  Absolutely not.  Not only that but the defense of the Lakers would have had to play fairly for the rest of the game.  

 If it was Nene, for instance, I'd ask him to pay up for each of the 33 points and combined to score in the paint that he was supposed to have been defending

Seriously, you weren't watching the game were you?  Nene fouled out in limited minutes.  The problem is that Nene didn't actually foul anyone on 4 of those calls.  I wonder if you would have blamed Pau Gasol if the same thing would have happened to him.  Lets be honest though, the NBA wouldn't call 4 random foul calls on Pau.  He is a Laker for crying out loud!  How would Kobe get to the finals if the officiating was the other way???

To turn a blind eye to the officiating is ignorant and stupid.  The Nuggets could have played better, but the officiating is horrible.  Read the column on ESPN by Bill Simmons who is a Celtic fan.  He didn't think the game was called fairly.  Funny how you are going to fine players for actually voicing the opinion of unbiased observes.  You my friend, have no clue. 



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