Phil Jackson: Calling Out Refs, One Way or Another

Erik Frenz@ErikFrenzSenior Writer IJune 10, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 09:  Head coach Phil Jackson of the Los Angeles Lakers talks with referee Joe Crawford from the court in the second quarter in Game Three of the 2009 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers on June 9, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.  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 Elsa/Getty Images)

After Lakers Head Coach Phil Jackson complained about non-calls in game four of the Western Conference Finals (namely, Dahntay Jones’ trip of Kobe Bryant), the league fined him to the tune of $25,000.

He was talking about another non-call in his press conference Wednesday, only this time the non-call was on his team.

With 0:00.06 left on the clock, with the game tied at 88 apiece, the Orlando Magic’s star forward Hedo Turkoglu lobbed an inbounds pass toward the basket, where rookie guard Courtney Lee caught the ball and attempted a layup that bounced off the rim and then the backboard on its way harmlessly to the floor.

It appeared as though Lakers center Pau Gasol grazed the net and the backboard as the shot was in the air. Jackson’s claim was that the defense Gasol played constituted “basket interference”.

“It doesn’t get called in this day and age much, but when we were in high school–that was something a high school ref might call, basket interference.”

Chances are he won’t get fined this time.

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Of course, it doesn’t hurt to call out what should have been a foul when your team won the ballgame anyway.

Still, isn’t it ironic? Here we have evidence that there are rules in the NBA’s rulebook that are simply ignored.

Recently, Phil Jackson has become notorious for getting on the referees for bad calls. It never occurred before because, the majority of the time, he didn’t have to, especially when Dick Bavetta was around in the 2002 Western Conference Finals

Perhaps Phil’s just trying to make up for lost time?





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