Why are NBA Referees So Bad?

Ryan LynchContributor IMay 22, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 21:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots over Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets in the second half of Game Two of the Western Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 21, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. 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 Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

So I just finished watching game two of the Lakers Nuggets series and I was finally pushed over the edge.  NBA referees are awful.

People will say, "Aw, lay off them, they're human," and all that jazz.  The way I see it, that's their job.  It is your job to make calls, and make the right ones at that.

I've watched well over 100 NBA games this year, and I can't think of one in which I didn't more than once see a ridiculous call, or a non call.

Admittedly, I'm a Lakers fan, so maybe I'm a little biased, and I'm sure Nuggets fans saw some blatant things that were miscalled as well.  But so far, in two games, the refs have made two unbelievable calls or miscalls at the end of the game.

Game One. Last minute.  Billups jukes and jives and steps out of bounds but still makes a three and it's called good.  Didn't change the outcome of the game, but come on, there was a ref with an absolute perfect view of that.

Game Two.  Gasol Billups jump.  Ball is thrown up and JR Smith just shimmey's through the circle like it's no big deal.  Illegal.  Blatant.  Lakers should have had the ball on the sideline.  Hands down.  But instead, Ariza still somehow ends up with the ball, but get's tripped to the ground, also a bad no call, and the Nuggets get the ball.

I really think the NBA should look into having one ref in a booth with a monitor so they can make sure they get important calls right.  I'm not saying look into every foul.  Just big ones, and definitely fouls toward the end of close games.

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Another thing that bothered me from Game Two.  Gasol and Kenyon Martin were battling all night long, and that's fine.  But they called a ridiculous double technical for barely bumping into each other, but three more times toward the end of the game Martin threw Gasol into the crowd.

And I don't have a problem with not calling those a foul, but don't call those dumb double techs.  I so badly want consistent refs.  Call the same things fouls throughout the game.  Don't call little baby fouls one minute, and then turn around and let guys get thrown 20 feet without a flinch.

NBA referees need a reality check.  They need to be shown that they can't get away with being bad.  Just like the first two rounds of the playoffs.  Every time a guy hit the floor they called a flagrant.  Come on.  Now that they were told they were wrong, they won't look twice at a hard foul, just let it go.

NBA refs do that for a living, it's their job.  Some mistakes will happen, but they shouldn't be nearly as frequent as they are now.


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