Well, the NBA got what it wanted. More Finals games. After the ludicrous ruling against Draymond Green, the Warriors ran out of gas without their 2 best defenders on the court, and faded to a game 5 loss. Of course this isn’t the first time these accusations have been floated. We all remember the ‘isolated case’ of Tim Donaghy, the ref with a gambling problem who was manipulating point spreads to the best of his officiating ability.
He of course laid the scenario that two other refs were in on the fix for Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference finals between the Laker and the Kings. I mean really, do you think the NBA wanted the Kings in the Finals? No. Surprisingly, the Lakers shot 21 free throws in the FOURTH QUARTER to the Kings three. Donaghy also said that “top executives of the NBA sought to manipulate games using referees”.
It also said that NBA officials would tell referees to not call technical fouls on certain players, and states that a referee was privately reprimanded by the league for ejecting a star player in the first quarter of a January 2000 game. Stern denied the accusations, calling Donaghy a “singing, cooperating witness”.
Donaghy may not be the most squeaky-clean guy in this mess, but the speed and obfuscation that which the NBA out forth to make this a ‘lone wolf’ scenario was pretty funny. Still feel a little badly for the Kings, who were screwed out of the chance to play in the Finals. My hope is that the Warriors don’t suffer the same fate. of getting screwed from a game and losing in the end. But it sure looks like the top brass in the NBA are actively skewing results to fit their liking.
Draymond isn’t innocent in all this, but then again teabagging someone on the court might garner a reaction from most players. Bron can go fuck himself. He wimped out and took it off the field of play.