Celtics vs. Lakers Game 5: The Referees Take Center Stage at NBA Finals

June 13th, 2010 by Luka Ladan Leave a reply »
How is an NBA referee like a team trainer?

Interestingly enough, if nobody is talking about them, they are doing their job well. If they are forgotten, then they are doing something right.

The recurring problem in this year's version of the NBA Finals is that the referees have been at the center of attention far too often.

Too often has there been speculation as to which way the calls would go in one particular game. Too often has the role of the lead referee been as pivotal as the performance of the players on the floor.

As soon as the names of Billy Kennedy, Joey Crawford, and Dick Bavetta surface in media discussion, even to the slightest degree, something is utterly wrong with NBA officiating.

The names being discussed on ESPN, NBA TV, or any other sports network should begin and end with Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen, and every other player fighting to be an NBA champion.

So, why have the officials been at the center of attention?

Questionable, momentum-swinging, and excessive are just some of the adjectives that can be used to describe the fouls called in the first four games of the NBA's final round ...

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