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NBA sets replacement refs camp

Posted on: September 19, 2009 11:13 am
The NBA has invited 45 replacement referees to a meeting in New York this week, the next step in the escalating showdown between the league and its locked-out referees.

According to an internal memo obtained by, the replacement referees will meet in New York Sept. 24-27. Among the potential replacements invited to the meeting is Michael Henderson, the ref who was the focal point of a showdown between the officials' union and David Stern in 2004. Henderson was publicly reprimanded and suspended after an inadvertent whistle during a game between the Lakers and Nuggets. The mistake led to the Lakers' 112-111 win.

In a show of solidarity and support for Henderson, his fellow referees wore their jerseys inside-out with Henderson's No. 62 on the back. The protest was an early test of the referee union's strength early in the tenure of Lamell McMorris, the lead negotiator who is at odds with the league over proposed reductions in retirement benefits and other issues that prompted the NBA to impose a lockout on Friday.

After McMorris told on Thursday that the 57 active refs would not attend the scheduled training camp in Jersey City, N.J., beginning Sunday, the NBA imposed the lockout on Friday and announced that it would reschedule the training camp with replacements. With preseason games scheduled to begin Oct. 1, the league faces the prospect of replacements refs working games for the first time since 1995.

Category: NBA

Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2009 2:23 am

NBA sets replacement refs camp

Ok...I know this is a bigger deal than what it sounds like...but despite all the articles and blogs I'm seeing, I can't find it in myself to care.  They're refs. NBA refs are, in my eyes, near the bottom of the barrel, when it comes to major US sports officials, so bringing in replacements just doesn't bother me.  NFL and MLB officials are near the top, in my eyes, when it comes to accuracy and fairness.  NBA refs are just...well...near the bottom so far as I'm concerned.  I'd put NHL officials slightly above them, and put NBA refs in the same sentence as MLS (soccer for those who don't follow) officials.  They're just...well...below average.  Bring in the replacements and keep them for all I care. It's not as if the originals are gods among men.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2009 12:13 am

Train the new refs

The training camps for the new refs will be to instruct them in the nuances of the NBA game.

They need to learn that travelling is ok, same with carrying the ball.

Any contact with kobe is a foul...but the Spurs can hack as much as they want without being called.

They will need to learn the contact numbers of bookies and how to influence the outcome of games while betting on them; but don't get caught like the loser that ended up in prison.

The new NBA ref needs to learn tailor his calls to home teams and big marker teams; but not necessarily in that order.

Pushing, grabbing and mugging of post players is not only is encouraged.

Finally, whatever you do...don't allow the lakers to lose in the playoffs on the way to the finals.  They must get all calls.  A potential back to back champioship by kobe and his posse is the only hope the league has to get any TV numbers.

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: September 19, 2009 10:14 pm

NBA sets replacement refs camp

Looking at the article with or without bias it doesn't say anything about a lockout based on ability or lack thereof.  There is a monetary issue between the league and a group of people that it employs.  The refs have the right to sit out, just like the league has the right to look for new employees.  The NBA is not saying they're not qualified, according to the article it is an issue over pension funds and other items.  So it comes down to money.  The refs/union wants more money than the league thinks they're worth.  The issue wont even be decided by who's right and who's wrong, it will be decided by who has the most leverage, who needs who more.  Since the refs aren't perfect, and I don't believe anyone could or would be, then the NBA thinks it can find someone else to do the job that wont be as expensive.  Simple as that. 

Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: September 19, 2009 4:14 pm

NBA sets replacement refs camp

Seriously, how much worse can the replacement ref's possibly be than the clowns reffing the games now?

The NBA officiating has been beyond awful for years now. 

Since: Feb 27, 2009
Posted on: September 19, 2009 3:33 pm

NBA sets replacement refs camp

If looked at unbiased with regards to opinions on NBA officiating (which isn't as bad as people want it to be), replacement referees will show just how good the NBA referees are.   You will see the inexperience on the court.   If all the replacement referees were to be hired on, I bet in five years everyone would be saying how bad they are.  With regards to the NBA referees contract, I think the NBA is being unreasonable and wants to show muscle before negotiating with the players.   Bottom line is having replacement referees will not make NBA officiating better.  Only education will do that; education on the actual rules of the game.    And yes referees will and do make mistakes, but they are far and few between the actual calls they make based upon the rules of the game.  Announcers, cocaches, players and most especially fans aren't aware of all the rules as they don't study them like an official should and does.

Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: September 19, 2009 3:27 pm

NBA sets replacement refs camp

And the problem is!!!!

Since: Feb 15, 2009
Posted on: September 19, 2009 3:17 pm

NBA sets replacement refs camp

Cool-bring em in. I'm curious to see how this pans out.  I wouldn't mind seeing how the replacements do. I think most people recognize that the officiating in the NBA could be better.

Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: September 19, 2009 12:19 pm

NBA sets replacement refs camp

At first glance my thought were to bad for the refs,oh oh ,the NBA is in trouble.When thinking about it however you wonder if the replacements might not be better.When you think back to the playoffs and how the refs blew so many calls on Dwight Howard, of the Orlando Magic, they were actually influecncing the playoffs.This might not be a bad thing.

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: September 19, 2009 11:21 am

NBA sets replacement refs camp


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