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The NBA refs are the worst in pro sports.

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NBA Zebras

NOTE: Today on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I review game 2 of the NBA Finals.

You would hope that in the NBA finals you would get the best of the best officials. These guys in both games were deaf, dumb and blind.

The zebras are still allowing the game to deteriorate to tackle basketball. That is going to get worse as the series continues. It can lead to injuries and fights. There is no excuse for the zebras allowing the play to get that physical. But even tackle basketball is inconsistent. At times they call touch fouls outside that would not be fouls during the regular season.

When the announcers are more accurate calling fouls and violations, the refs are not doing their jobs. It is not a case of the calls going to one team and not the other. This was just a case of the zebras swallowing their whistles. But there again, the calls are totally inconsistent. They decide to call traveling in the last 2 minutes of game 1 when they had ignored it all game long.

All any coach wants is consistency. Call it close or let them play a little. Coaches and players will adapt to the way officials are calling the game IF the calls are consistent. Otherwise, the zebras can decide which team wins by their calls. There is a tendency to give the home team a little advantage.

If these are the best officials the NBA has, they are in desperate need of new blood. There is just no excuse for the sloppy officiating we have seen. Clean it up or risk losing the fan base.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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An open letter to NBA officials.

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For several years the NBA has been suspected of being less than even handed in its dealings with franchises.  There have been issues with the NBA draft that magically allowed top draft picks to go to teams other than those with the worst records.

Patrick Ewing going to the Knicks and LeBron James going to the Cavs were examples of convenient good fortune for the league and those teams.  When the Cavs lost James, the team “magically” won the ping pong ball drop and got the first overall pick in the 2011 draft.

Then the league sells the New Orleans franchise for 50 to 100 million dollars more than it was judged to be worth by most experts.  Not unexpectedly, that franchise wins the first pick in the 2012 draft.  That just added to the suspicion that unlike the state lotteries, there is a reason that the NBA ping pong balls are selected behind closed doors.

At the end of the regular season, I predicted the three teams that would win the top picks in the draft.  I was right about both New Orleans and Carolina.  I also picked the Nets to get a top three because of their need and move to Brooklyn.  But they were replace by the Wizards and lost their first pick to Portland.

Then there is the issue of foul calls in the playoffs.  The Heat was able to take many more free throws than the Celtics in the Eastern Division final series.  That was explained away by pundits by noting that the Celts did not attack the basket the way that the Head did.  That produced much fewer foul opportunities.

But now the darlings of the NBA (aka Heat) face as young and aggressive a team as the league has in Oklahoma City.   If the Heat gets the same kind of free throw advantage against the Thunder that it got in the last series, something is seriously wrong.  The officials must call this series as accurately and fairly as possible.  We are all watching.

The NBA is on double secret probation by many sports fans around the country.  If the game calls by the refs seem to give the Heat the advantage, those fans will view the NBA with the same lack of legitimacy they give the WWA and professional boxing.  That will further erode the credibility and interest in the league by the average fan.  But that is exactly the reputation the NBA will deserve.

That’s what I think.  What do you think?

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent.
He is a senior writer for and edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on
and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

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