“Players throughout the league are concerned that the use of replacement referees could compromise the integrity of our games.” (Derek Fisher)
For the past couple of days there has been a lot of news about the Ref’s holding out for better contracts, and my opinion has been, and still is good riddance. Now Derek Fisher comes out in support of those so called “referee’s” and says that the integrity of the game is disappearing? You have got to be kidding me right? Nobody wants a group of crooks officiating the games. How many times last year did it seem like there was a no call on a superstar such as Kobe Bryant, but when a hard working, lower level player like Scal goes and takes a charge its called as a defensive foul? Everybody thinks that baseball is corrupt, but mark my words, the NBA has its gambling issues, just ask Timmy D. Now, I am not saying that all of the refs in the NBA are corrupt, but I am willing to bet that more than just Timmy D have crossed that line. How can your suspicions not be raised? How about the six men on the court game? I think we all remember that episode. Or maybe the mere fact that Kobe Bryant averaged less personal fouls in the playoffs than Rajon Rondo did is good enough proof. If you don’t believe me than just watch the game my friends. Pick any game at random and try to look at it in an unobjective manner. You will quickly see that the team with the bigger star gets the better calls. The NBA is turning into a joke, and with the help of goons like Derek Fisher lobbying for his buddies to come back and run the games means that maybe the game is too far gone to save. I have held my tongue long enough on this whole referee issue. I hope, not just for my own benefit, but for the good of the NBA, that we never see the likes of Kenny Mauer, Monty McCutchen, and the other swindlers again.
“Our fans deserve the best product that we can put on the court and that includes having the best referees. Anything less is unacceptable to our union and our members.”
No Derek, what is unacceptable it the fact that the ref’s see teams like your gold and purple and feel that it is acceptable to make phantom calls in order to preserve the success of that team. But you are right on one thing, the fans do deserve better. The fans deserve to see a game that is not corrupt and swayed in a certain direction that raises some fans suspicions of impropriety . The integrity of our games has been gone for a long time now, and since the man who should be taking care of such matters is not STERN enough to handle that task, then it is up to us, the fans, to demand a better show.