A Letter to NBA Referees

Charlie JonesContributor IJune 12, 2009

DENVER - MAY 29:  Referee Joe Crawford calls out in Game Six of the Western Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on May 29, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Dear Mr. Referee,

Please start calling the games fairly! And no, I'm not talking about calling the game so both teams go to the line the same amount of times, but rather calling a foul a foul on both ends of the court. I have no issue with physical games, however, if it is going to be physical on one side of the floor, understand it will be physical on the other. Consistency is key.

We all get the instant replay, we all have DVRs. Your blown call will be replayed time and time again, but if it isn't called for either team, we will understand. The job is difficult, I know, but just follow the basics.

1. If you didn't see it, there is no foul. Don't try to "anticipate" or "think" a foul was committed based on the actions of another player.

2. You cannot see through players. If you can only see there back 99 percent of the time, you shouldn't be the one calling the foul.

3. Ticky tack fouls really, really bother me, especially in the playoffs. Point guards are well protected already, so don't call that touch foul 30 feet away from the basket.

4. Call moving screens, seriously!

5. We all know you always catch the retaliation, but please understand that it is a retaliation and don't just penalize the guy who retaliates. Look into the play.

6. Obvious flagrant fouls should be handled right away. Leaving it up to the NBA front office is crap.

7. To the NBA front office: What difference does it make when you overturn calls that don't involve suspensions or if it won't change the outcome to the game?

8. Back to refs: Stop trying to "help" either team.

9. Let the players play throughout the entire game, not just in the last minutes of the fourth quarter.

10. It is OK to change a call, so don't be so stubborn or "make up for it" on the other end.

11. Back to the NBA front office: Hows about having five referees, one for each position? This would solve many problems and stop a lot of missed calls.

Overall, your job is difficult, but don't kill the NBA by making it seem like there are major conspiracies. We all know the NBA wants to see certain players and certain situations, but if those don't materialize, then so be it. It is obvious you can call or not call the fouls you want to so the game flows smoothly. Please use better judgement on both ends of the floor and save us the frustration and aggravation we all feel when you blow some of the most obvious calls ever.


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