I still love how some of you only think of the Mavs. I HAVEN'T!
I've been more aggravated by the poor officiating and obvious agenda of the officials because not only does it effect the future of Basketball, but of All Sports. Just Sports in general. And as a Sports Fan, I can't stand the third team affecting a game.
Was I accusing the wrong source, YES. But I still told you people to open your eyes, and you kept them closed. Accusing me of being a conspiracy theorist or just plain stupid.
However, the NBA office hasn't been "cleared of all charges".
I told you, as long as you keep buying tickets, shirts, and hats, this will continue. And it turns out I was correct: THE NBA KNEW THAT THE FBI WAS INVESTINGATING DONAGHY BEFORE THE 2006-2007 SEASON BEGAN!!!
Why did they keep him as an official? Because of YOU!
They thought they were untouchable because you people kept watching, buying, and believing there was nothing wrong. As Stern always says “League popularity is at an all time high.” And you kept believing him.
You kept your eyes closed because of your selfish personal agendas of "As long as it doesn't affect my [Blank], then I don't care." Insert Mavs, or Spurs or what ever in the blank.
But you don't get the greater damage poor officiating causes. This will not only cause a rift in the NBA, it will cause distrust in every sport that we love. But you people kept feeding the pig.
Now then, take off your Spurs Pennet spares fans. Everyone else take off your blinders. Check out this article written by Bill Simmons
“Here's what I wrote after the third game -- the Spurs were favored by four, with an over/under of 200.5 -- after San Antonio prevailed, 108-101, thanks to Amare Stoudemire playing just 21 minutes because of foul trouble:
Congratulations to Greg Willard, Tim Donaghy and Eddie F. Rush for giving us the most atrociously officiated game of the playoffs so far: Game 3 of the Suns-Spurs series. Bennett Salvatore, Tom Washington and Violet Palmer must have been outraged that they weren't involved in this mess. Good golly. Most of the calls favored the Spurs, but I don't even think the refs were biased -- they were so incompetent that there was no rhyme or reason to anything that was happening. Other than the latest call in NBA history (a shooting foul for Manu Ginobili whistled three seconds after the play, when everyone was already running in the other direction), my favorite moment happened near the end, when the game was already over and they called a cheap bump on Bruce Bowen against Nash, so the cameras caught Mike D'Antoni (the most entertaining coach in the league if he's not getting calls) screaming sarcastically, "Why start now? Why bother?" What a travesty. Not since the cocaine era from 1978-1986 has the league faced a bigger ongoing issue than crappy officiating.
Before the Donaghy scandal broke, if you told me there was a compromised official working a 2007 playoff game and made me guess the game, I would have selected Game 3 of the Spurs-Suns series. There were some jaw-dropping calls throughout, specifically, the aforementioned Ginobili call and Bowen hacking Nash on a no-call drive that ABC replayed from its basket camera (leading to a technical from D'Antoni). Both times, Mike Breen felt obligated to break the unwritten code that play-by-play announcers -- don't challenge calls and openly questioned what had happened. The whole game was strange. Something seemed off about it.”
I don’t remember, but what were the reactions to such poor officiating on this board? https://www.dfwstangs.net/forums/show...ighlight=Spurs
Really makes me wonder if you people even know what officiating is. I don’t know anything about this specific game, because I didn’t watch a full game last year as I would NOT pay the pig.
I also like what Simmons says here:
”At the time, I assumed the league had given us another "coincidence" where three subpar refs (and calling that crew "subpar" is being kind) were assigned to a Game 3 in which, for the interest of a long series, everyone was better off having the home team prevail ... just like I anticipated another "coincidence" in which one of the best referees would work Game 4 to give Phoenix a fair shake in a game that, statistically, they were more likely to win. After all, it's easier to win Game 4 on the road than Game 3, when the fans are pumped up and the home team is happy to be home.(Which is exactly how it played out. Steve Javie worked Game 4, a guy who Jeff Van Gundy deemed "the best ref in the league" during the Finals. Hmmmm.) Look, this could have been an elaborate series of connected flukes. I'm just telling you that none of it surprised me. Which is part of the problem.”