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NBA ref to Dirk Nowitzki: 'Do you want to go?'

Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:46 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2012 11:02 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliver  

Dallas Mavericks All-Star forwrd Dirk Nowitzki wasn't pleased with a no-call but he had no idea his protests would be met with four threats of ejection.

In one of the more direct exchanges between NBA referee and superstar player that you will ever see caught on camera, official Eric Dalen asked Nowitzki directly if he would like to be ejected on four occasions.

"Do you want to go?" Dalen asked, over and over, after first hitting Nowitzki with a technical foul for arguing a no-call on a drive attempt.

The scene began with a little more than 7 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of a Tuesday night game between the Mavericks and the New York Knicks. Nowitzki drove the paint against multiple Knicks defenders, only to have the ball swatted out of his possession with no foul given. Nowitzki reacted with frustration and was hit with the quick tech from Dalen. As he went to the sideline to argue that call, Dalen moved towards the scorer's table, issuing his ejection threat while looking directly at Nowitzki.

Nowitzki backed down, which was a smart move given that it was just an 8-point game at the time of the incident. The Mavericks held on for the 95-85 win. Nowitzki finished with a game-high 28 points.

Here's the video of NBA referee Eric Dalen asking Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki if he wants to be ejected.

Comments

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:17 am
 

NBA ref to Dirk Nowitzki: 'Do you want to go?'

Dirk and the rest of the over the hill Mavs sure have become a whiny bunch in recent weeks.  Coincides with their boss calling out the refs.  While I agreed with Cuban that officiating across the league had been poor and very inconsistent, I don't think they're singling teams out.  This same Mavs team that "doesn't get the benefit of the doubt" came into Salt Lake in January and got every single call imaginable and 2 nights later they're whining they don't get respect.  Dirk is the worst, thinks every time he loses the ball its a foul and just like his neighbor on the Spurs (Duncan) has yet to ever commit a foul.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:06 am
 

NBA ref to Dirk Nowitzki: 'Do you want to go?'

If yopu watch the replay there was NO FOUL on the play. The ref was correct.  The so called stars of the NBA think every time they drive the lane they should get a call.  Dirk had no room to bitch on that play.



Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:04 am
 

NBA ref to Dirk Nowitzki: 'Do you want to go?'

Shocking that an OKC fan whose team got bumped last year by these Mavs would be so supportive of the refs in this one...just shocking.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:55 am
 

NBA ref to Dirk Nowitzki: 'Do you want to go?'

This doesn't surprise me, especially after those moronic comments made by Kidd about the refs not respecting them as champions and giving them the "champion worthy" calls. I almost fell in the flooring laughing the first time I read that. But the refs are getting tired of hearing Cuban, and the Mavs organization as a whole really, constantly bash the officiating publicly. It wouldn't surprise me if things got worse for them in the future. Just because you won the championship, doesn't mean you're owed anything.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:58 am
 

NBA ref to Dirk Nowitzki: 'Do you want to go?'

No reason to see Dirk's lips. I'm sure they stopped moving PDQ.



Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:18 am
 

NBA ref to Dirk Nowitzki: 'Do you want to go?'

if you read right the refs lips, he say, "Hey you likes me, i want to go with you, you know"



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:39 pm
 

NBA ref to Dirk Nowitzki: 'Do you want to go?'

Hi m26557, and welcome to Journalism 101.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:59 pm
 

NBA ref to Dirk Nowitzki: 'Do you want to go?'

By the headline, I thought the ref was asking Nowitzki if he wanted to fight.


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