The officiating from the NBA has been heavily on my mind as of late. I attempted an NBA ban, you know, for my health about two weeks ago, of course, it didn’t last, so here I am…livid with the knowledge that the thing that has most gotten under my skin as a Dallas Mavericks fan, is, well, gettin’ under my damn skin again. Bad fucking calls.
The Mavs fan has a storied past with the referees of the National Basketball Association. In the beginning, we didn’t have a great team. Time, (and a whole buttload of Mark Cuban’s money), changed the whole dynamic though–and we went to the Finals in 2006. This is really where the distrust started. The series was a cluster fuck of bad calls, cockiness on the part of some of the players, we lost. We came out of it with a big ass chip on our shoulders. Went by the name of ref.
I could give you actual numbers that show the point, as I have read them, pinky swear, but just from a fan’s perspective, gut reactions alone, the refs did tend to be a little friendlier when making calls on Miami’s side in that series.
Years have passed since that point, we have once again met the white whale and this time we came away the victor, but god damn it, if that lingering resentment towards the officiating still lingers–
Last week, Mark Cuban and Mavs coach Rick Carlile were fined a combined $110,000 for the NBA…in essence, for complaining about the refs. The last few games have shown an utter disregard for fouls being committed against our players and a somewhat light hand for the other team. The Mavs aren’t alone in this either, this morning, while lazily breezing through theBall Don’t Lie blog, I found myself horrified at video of a missed call from Saturday night.
The Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets
The foul: Kevin Love (Minn.) against Luis Scola (Hou.)
There is a slap. And then there is a stomp. Game play doesn’t stop. No foul called. The big bully just goes back down the court to play offense.
I once saw footage from a high school game with rampant flagrant fouls. The comments on this video talked about how this boy should be “playing football or a real contact sport”, “just a bully on the court”, “why not wrestle?”…Apparently, this boy grew up to be Kevin fucking Love. And his high school refs might have just pulled a “Belding”. (The term for when the career path of an authority figure coincides with a single pupil or group of pupils or students.)
It’s not just one team, it’s the league. The officiating is just bad and even worse, seems heavily biased in some cases. I would like to be able to turn on ESPN, watch a game, and not walk away from it feeling slightly sick to my stomach. I don’t get the chance to see many Mavs games being away from Texas, is it really asking too much to be able to enjoy the games I do get to see?
Wanna fine him again, Stern? I know of a few organizations who would be very happy to take the matched donation….