Tim Donaghy on Game 7: How the league influences Game 7
Old 06-23-2010, 01:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Tim Donaghy on Game 7: How the league influences Game 7

Say what you will about the man, but it's an interesting perspective.

Click on the link and go through the break down. Again it's really interesting to see his perspective on this on a minute by minute breakdown.

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The big thing that stands out about the series is how dramatically the officiating changed after the first two games. In Games 1 and 2, the referees handed out fouls like candy 54 were called in the opener, 58 in the next game. Over the remainder of the series, refs called an average of 44 fouls. What happened? Well, I can say from experience that it had nothing to do with the play on the floor and a lot more to do with what happened in a hotel room the morning of every game.

Here's how it works: In the playoffs, three refs and an alternate meet in a hotel room with a group supervisor before a game. The league office e-mails the supervisor a list of things it wants the officials to concentrate on, and the supervisor relays the message to the refs in their meeting. When I was in the league, the memos hot off the desks of the likes of Stu Jackson, Ed T. Rush, or Ronnie Nunn would usually detail what kinds of fouls needed to be better addressed. The message would be something like, Team X is getting away with an enormous amount of handchecking, or Shawn Bradley is hanging out under the basket, not really defending anybody. He's committing a defensive three-second violation. The goal was to set the tone for that night's game and, even more broadly, for the series. An extreme example: the 2005 Dallas-Houston matchup. I was the alternate for Game 3 and sat in on the meeting with the group supervisor. We were told explicitly to start calling moving screens and traveling violations on Yao Ming. (Jeff Van Gundy would later complain publicly that referees were targeting Yao; he got fined for it.) Houston was up 2-0 at that point. Dallas wound up winning in seven games.

So what do I think happened after Games 1 and 2 this year? I'm pretty certain that the message from the league office before Game 3 was to swallow the whistle and cut down on the number of fouls called. To let the games play out, in other words. Throughout the Finals, I've tried to give you some insight into the inherent subjectivity of refereeing a professional basketball game. But the takeaway from this series is that the subjectivity isn't just on the part of the referees. The league itself also has a huge influence in how a series plays out through those memos and their points of emphasis. Maybe you think it's completely innocent. Maybe you don't. But there's no denying that what the rule book says means a lot less than what the NBA wants at any given moment.
Tim Donaghy On Game 7: How The League Influences A Series
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Old 06-23-2010, 01:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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To be honest I don't think this is anything that most basketball fans haven't figured is going on behind closed doors. It makes sense.
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I'd be willing to bet that shit goes on in every league.
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What do you know about other sports Jeff? lawl.

On as side note, this happens in soccer and baseball as well. Like the yank a few weeks ago that got butt f00kd out of a perfect game, every pitchers dream, because of the douchey ump.
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What do you know about other sports Jeff? lawl.

Oh i don't know, i did nothing but play/watch sports growing up. I played almost 20yrs of AAA ball and have an OBA Championship ring. Growing up and to this day i always loved sports. Not saying i know more then anyone here but i know sports. Oh, and if you think this shit doesn't happen in Hockey also, think again.
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Old 06-23-2010, 06:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Who mentioned Hockey?

Point is, This Tim guy was being hung out to dry by the NBA and anyone who would listen, but, Like Jose Canseco, he admitted his crimes but decided to clear his conscience.

It's great. He's shedding so much light on an obvious problem.

No more debates about phantom calls for the so called stars that CAN'T drop more than 20 at the olympics.

Good for him, he took from the sport now is giving back. The NBA would be "Fantastic" again if they levelled the playing field and called fair games.

Guess what, your precious Raps would have been in the Playoffs too. Think about that.
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+1 for the judge.
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All the shadiness readily explains why guys like Bavetta and Crawford get to referee until they say they're done.
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You know what your problem is bjjs, you'd rather look good and lose, than look bad and win!!!!
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You know what your problem is bjjs, you'd rather look good and lose, than look bad and win!!!!
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Who mentioned Hockey?

Point is, This Tim guy was being hung out to dry by the NBA and anyone who would listen, but, Like Jose Canseco, he admitted his crimes but decided to clear his conscience.

It's great. He's shedding so much light on an obvious problem.

No more debates about phantom calls for the so called stars that CAN'T drop more than 20 at the olympics.

Good for him, he took from the sport now is giving back. The NBA would be "Fantastic" again if they levelled the playing field and called fair games.

Guess what, your precious Raps would have been in the Playoffs too. Think about that.
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its disgusting to see how subjective is NBA calling
offensive fouls that promote flops, 3 sec rule which is called maybe 50% of times it must have been called, moving screen fouls that are used to balance calls after obvious mistake that was made in favor of another team and so on, but
the superstar syndrom is probably the worst - that's why teams are going over top paying ridiculous money to guys that don't deserve it just to be able to balance calls (and attract young fans that don't understand shit about the game)
Stern turned NBA into global entertainment business which obviously destroyed the fun of basketball game
officials are just playing by rules that are set to protect the empire

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