Tuesday , Oct , 20 , 2009 J.N.

The World of Replacement NBA Referees


The World of Replacement NBA RefereesWhat’s wrong with having fresh new blood in the League of Extraordinary Ballplayers? Certain players, especially Derek Fisher of the Los Angeles Lakers, have voiced their thoughts about the use of replacement referees instead of the seasonal veteran referees. He labeled them as “unacceptable.”

Here’s what he exactly said in its’ entirety, "We feel strongly (as players) that the quality of our games will be better with the officials that have been out there for years, who understand the flow of the game, they understand the personalities of the coaches and how to let the players decide the game. We feel strongly that this season, when you think about the number of teams that are going to be shooting for an NBA title this year that are really good enough to win, one game could be the difference between (getting) home court advantage throughout the playoffs. I don’t think anyone wants to lose a game while people are trying to figure out how to get it done out there. It’s nothing personal. We don’t know many of the replacement referees and who they may be, but feel like our game is much better with the men and women we’ve become accustomed to working with. It doesn’t mean we’re going to get along with them every night, but we respect and appreciate what they do."

I’ll break this down to what he truly means.

“We feel strongly (as players) that the quality of our games will be better with the officials that have been out there for years, who understand the flow of the game, they understand the personalities of the coaches and how to let the players decide the game.”

In other words – We feel comfortable with the relationships we (as players) have built up with these damn refs. They understand what we like to do, what we don’t like, and what we can get away with. We like that shit. We have history. The refs should know the hierarchy among players.

“We feel strongly that this season, when you think about the number of teams that are going to be shooting for an NBA title this year that are really good enough to win, one game could be the difference between (getting) home court advantage throughout the playoffs.”

In other words – The refs know the standings. They know who the most popular teams around the United States are. David Stern usually updates them anyway. Yes, one game does make a difference in getting home court advantage so blow the damn whistle when we complain about faux fouls. We’re the damn Lakers, man.

“I don’t think anyone wants to lose a game while people are trying to figure out how to get it done out there.”

In other words – I don’t want to lose the game on lousy bullshit calls from no name refs who I haven’t built a rapport with. Get it together.

“It’s nothing personal.”

In other words – Oh it’s very personal. Don’t cost my crew the game. If you do, I will body you. Think of the children.

“We don’t know many of the replacement referees and who they may be, but feel like our game is much better with the men and women we’ve become accustomed to working with.”

In other words –They know us. We know them. They are who we thought they were.

“It doesn’t mean we’re going to get along with them every night, but we respect and appreciate what they do."

In other words – We’re grown men. You know who should get preferential treatment and who shouldn’t. Rookies need not apply. You don’t walk the line then be ready to get disrespected.

That’s the wonderful world of replacement referees. Do you still want the job?

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