Tuesday , Mar , 17 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Larry Brown: The Refs Don’t Respect Us

Bobcats head coach Larry Brown doesn’t believe that his young team has the respect of the NBA’s officials.

He believes that there were some key calls, and non-calls, in Charlotte’s loss to Minnesota on Saturday night.

"A couple of crucial times (each game), we don’t get a call," Brown said Sunday. "Emeka (Okafor) gets murdered in a six-point game, (Minnesota’s Randy) Foye walks terribly in a big play – twice, not once."

Brown continued, and also knocked his team’s energy at the start of games.

"We don’t get respect. But the big thing is, if you don’t come out with that energy early, that sense of urgency, then shots become easier" for the opponent.