In one of the more comical moments in NBA history, referee Bill Kennedy was caught telling head coaches Mike D'Antoni and Gregg Popovich that he was "stalling for commercial time."
Only in the NBA.
The controversial occurrence went down with 5:09 remaining in the fourth quarter and the San Antonio Spurs leading, 103-91. Some viewed this as the turning point of the game, as the Los Angeles Lakers soon went on a run to cut it close in their eventual 108-105 loss Wednesday night.
The endless conspiracy theories about David Stern's attempts to trip up the Spurs continue.
As for what it is that Kennedy said, here's the transcript:
OK, you [D'Antoni] called a full, then you wanted a 20 [second timeout]. And you didn't have one—you called one in the third quarter. TV went to a 20, they thought it was gonna be a 20. Alright? So what I'm doing right now is I'm stalling for commercial time and that's why we're doing this right now and I need your help...I can't let your teams go to the huddle, you see what I'm saying?
ESPN's cameras caught Kennedy in the act, which is certain to create its fair share of memes and taunting comments across the Internet. Twitter wasted no time in reacting to the mishap
ESPN just caught Bill Kennedy fudging the rules, telling Pop, D'Antoni he's "stalling because I need some commercial time." ... real nice— Mike Monroe (@Monroe_SA) January 10, 2013
This may not be as controversial as some are making it seem, but it's certainly worth a laugh.
To paraphrase, Kennedy virtually stated that he had no idea what was going on. In turn, he offered up a lengthy explanation that did nothing more than extend the period of time which he believed ESPN was showing commercials.
Jokes on you, Mr. Kennedy. You were on camera!