NBA fouled Spurs by letting Crawford work game

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Chris

AOL

#1 May 28, 2008
It's really a shame that the NBA would allow this to happen. The Lakers are a good team but with that bum Crawford working the game gave them an unfair advantage. Shame on the NBA.
Oscar

San Antonio, TX

#2 May 28, 2008
RIGHT ON. My thoughts exactly. The NBA has little room for suspicious decisions in lieu of all the negative publicity. I feel we will see a day NBA refs will be grilled by the Senate.
Nikole

United States

#3 May 28, 2008
I'm not even a Spurs fan or a Laker fan and was very disappointed in how that game ended. It looks very bad on the ENTIRE league and makes the accusations seem legit. I'm tired of the inconsistancy of the officiating; i know from experience it's hard to see everything all the time, but to dismiss obvious calls is just horrible.
Kevin

Santa Ana, CA

#4 May 28, 2008
Wake up, Spurs fans: You getting beat by a younger, more athletic, better team. kobe's dunked all over that team

“Praise the Lord!”

Since: Oct 07

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#5 May 28, 2008
Go back and take a slo-mo look at that play, pay close attention to Barry's footwork and you will see that he traveled before contact with Fisher.
It's amazing that even the NBA has evidently missed this.
Sister Anne

Kerrville, TX

#6 May 28, 2008
Crawford waited all game for his chance. He knows Pop won't say anything (Pop has class and knows it would be futile anyway) and he knows his mere presence on the court affects the play of the Spurs. What on earth was the NBA thinking? Get rid of that clown, NBA, if you want any of us to believe it isn't all smoke and mirrors. I have lost respect for the NBA as an organization and the refs are disgraceful no matter who you cheer for. Takes any enjoyment out of games.
bugs

Quezon, Philippines

#7 May 28, 2008
shut up spurs fans!the game wasnt won by that uncalled foul!they deserve to lose coz they play dirty!i used to be a spurs fan but now im not coz their dirty on the court and their coach just allowed it!One more thing is, spurs is an old team...spurs suck!
An avid NBA fan

Waterford, CA

#8 May 28, 2008
First time reading your review and it will be my last.
I never took to anyone who used words in hope to
lead readers to paths of negative and false implications.
dud dew

Earlington, PA

#9 May 29, 2008
This is Vince McMahom-ball. No travelling, no carrying, no fouls with clutching/grabbing/elbowing. It's pre-strike professional hockey without the skates.
These are mere exhibitions, meaningless at the end of the season, instead of the beginning.
But you're dead on about Crawford...
dud dew

Earlington, PA

#10 May 29, 2008
NBA and college players now routinely take three and four and sometimes even five steps without a travelling call.
I'd venture to say half the March Madness highlights include obvious abuse of the two-step rule, and there are guards who start each dribble with their hands well under the ball, then turn it over, no palming.
It's a farce, and only distantly related to the game it evolved from.
A shame, since these guys are so athletically gifted they don't need the shameful laxity in officiating.
Also a shame that today's kids don't learn the fundamental discipline previous generations did.
dud dew

Earlington, PA

#11 May 29, 2008
Did I say it was a shame?:-)
2njoyspurs

San Antonio, TX

#12 May 29, 2008
Pop was grinning in the post game interview, which is never done by Pop. He was gritting his teeth and wishing he could say what was on his mind. There were many bad calls.

The NBA was wrong having Joey Crawford as an referee is such an important game with the Spurs. The NBA needs to fire or fine the @#$%.

The NBA wants the big markets in the championship game(LA, Boston)and did play dirty to get their way. Pistons need to watch out, too.
oak neck isle

Carmel, NY

#13 May 29, 2008
That stern guy needs to straighten out his own family life. Stop being a bully to people around him and wake up. The "product" as he would say that he promotes is tainted in many ways. Step down greedy dinosoar sten you haven't done anything right for the NBA in a while.
oak neck isle

Carmel, NY

#14 May 29, 2008
let me make it clear, I wasn't writing about the radio Stern. He's funny. Barry was mugged and should have had three free, and I bet on the Lakers and cleaned UP! Fade away david.
BballREF

United States

#15 May 29, 2008
All I can say is WOW. Does anyone realize how difficult it is to officiate in the NBA, let alone a Playoff game? Sure, it's so easy to criticize the officiating when we're watching the game or our comfy couches on our high definition TV's with TIVO...

Officiating is tough in general, but officiating professional basketball is a whole different beast. The officials, who undergo the most scrutiny out of any professional sport, have one of the most difficult jobs in the world. Think about it, they're expected to be right 100% all the time. As long as HUMAN BEINGS officiate in the NBA, then mistakes WILL be made. They literally have to process plays and make decisions within a split second in an extremely fast game. Sure, we rewind our Tivo's and see that they missed a travel here and there, but you have to realize how GOOD their play calling percentages are. NBA officials get 9 out of every 10 calls right...that's not easy to do. It sucks when they miss critical plays, but it happens.

I happen to know Joey Crawford. I've had dinner with him, I've gone to a few of his games. Even sat down in a hotel bar with him and talked basketball over a cold beer or two. He happens to be one of the most humble officials I have ever met. He is so dedicated to his job, and such a hard worker. Even with 31 years of NBA experience, he still watches hours of game film afterwards to improve. The man loves his job and is great at it. The pure thought of ANYONE saying an official cheats or has an agenda is ludicrous.

Referees in the NBA, along with the different levels of basketball have integrity and dignity. They do not care who wins or loses. Only the conspiracy theorists and the lunatic fans whose teams have lost say this crazy things about the officiating. It all comes down to their ignorance. They just don't know any better, so they just cry out all these crazy theories about why the NBA put Joey Crawford in game 5. The reason is simple, Joey is one of the top officials in the game, and since the game calls for top officials in the playoffs, Joey was placed on the game without hesitation. This is professional basketball...the NBA did what they had to do last year when Joey stepped out of line with Duncan (Which by the way was misconstrued - what Joey actually said to Duncan was "are you trying to pick a fight with me"?).

All I ask is that you give officiating a chance just to see how difficult it is. That normally changes the perception that people have about officials. And if you think the officiating is so bad, then why don't YOU try out for the NBA officiating program? There's an open try out for the NBA Development League in Swuanee, GA next month. Go go www.d-league.com for more information and lets see how YOU do.

“Praise the Lord!”

Since: Oct 07

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#16 May 29, 2008
Again, Barry TRAVELED before ant contact was made, go back and look.
oak neck isle

Carmel, NY

#17 May 29, 2008
An avid NBA fan wrote:
First time reading your review and it will be my last.
I never took to anyone who used words in hope to
lead readers to paths of negative and false implications.
One time I thought that way about Shaun Powell's style too. However, if you read Shaun Powell you wouold understand how he reports. He makes you think.

“Praise the Lord!”

Since: Oct 07

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#18 May 29, 2008
Whoever 'judged' me is either a spurs fan, blind, did not bother to go back and look at the tape or does not understand the definition 'traveling'.
i love sports

Fayetteville, NC

#19 May 29, 2008
first off let me start by saying that yeah brent barry was fouled before the shot so it would have been two free throws anyways.secondly kobe was getting hammered all game long and there wasn't any call the first half spoke for it self. it was a physical game start to finish but to be plain and simple with it its the playoffs it going be hard play the refs cant blow the whistle every time there a foul if that was the case there be allot of players that would foul out. and finally the ref did the right thing players need to stop looking for the whistle and play ball win or go home and for the spurs it sure looks that way!

“Praise the Lord!”

Since: Oct 07

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#20 May 29, 2008
Play the sequence, pause after Barry catches the ball, notice both feet land together then he takes a step back with his left foot, Fisher goes in the air and before contact Barry takes another step forward with his right foot, again BEFORE contact. By my count that is FOUR, count 'em, FOUR steps. Is not FOUR steps considered traveling, even by NBA standards?

http://ballhype.com/video/tnt_was_brent_barry...

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