NBA officiating is notorious.
Basketball is definitely extremely hard to ref, no doubt. One of the toughest parts is that there is so much opinion involved. Did he have his feet set? Was the offensive player out of control? Whose of the 4 pairs of hands that touched the ball last simultaneously are you giving the ball to?
It's because of this that NBA refereeing can be consistently manipulated for or against certain players, or organizations, for years without anyone noticing. I heard that Tim Donaghy (don't know how to spell it) bet on over 100 games in a row that he refereed without losing. Over 100. How does ONE ref do that? They don't. They're told to fix the game, that's why he knew the winners.
Maybe I'm a conspiracy theorist, maybe I'm taking things too far, but this is the only explanation I've come up with.
Last edited by EggsToTheBBQ; 11-11-2008 at 12:18 AM.