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  1. NBA to players and refs: Watch out for heads

    Henry Abbott

    The NBA distributed a video starring Vice President of Referee Operations Joe Borgia discussing the league's "points of emphasis" for the 2014 playoffs. Things get pretty serious at about 13 minutes in, when Borgia says "we noticed this season th...

    Blog | April 18, 2014
  2. How to yell at NBA referees

    Henry Abbott

    Philadelphia's Brett Brown, approaching the halfway mark of his first season as a head coach, on the fine art of sticking up for players....

    Blog | January 16, 2014
  3. NBA referees hate your team?

    Henry Abbott

    Ryan Rodenberg, an assistant professor of sports law at Florida State University, writes in the Atlantic: In three recently published academic articles, I studied several narrowly focused allegations of bias involving certain NBA referees against ...

    Blog | November 01, 2013
  4. HoopIdea: Shut up and coach

    Henry Abbott

    Victor Decolongon/Getty Images Mike D'Antoni is one of many NBA coaches who regularly gets apoplectic with referees. The NBA does not like complaining: "We have a great game. We have great players. We have a great product. Let's focus on executing...

    Blog | February 27, 2013
  5. To the tune of "Jingle Bells"

    Henry Abbott

    Ball don't lie, ball don't lie, one more tech' for 'Sheed Everybody loves him now ... except for referees. The people at The Basketball Jones are irreverent and a little PG-13 every day, but today they're all that and Christmassy. Get ye over to th...

    Blog | December 18, 2012
  6. Rajon Rondo's fanciest trick

    Henry Abbott

    Jared Wickerham/Getty Images Rajon Rondo out-thinks people all the time -- sometimes including referees. Mavericks guard Derek Fisher fouled out with 1:07 left in the first overtime on what was, in slow-motion, a whopper of a flop by Rajon Rondo. F...

    Blog | December 13, 2012
  7. Referee play of the year

    Henry Abbott


    Blog | December 13, 2012
  8. HoopIdea: Leave that ball alone

    Henry Abbott

    Amir Johnson does not have a reputation as a hot head, nor does he have a history of getting in trouble, yelling at people or, indeed, throwing mouthpieces at referees. But he does have a history of fondling the NBA basketball between free throws....

    Blog | December 11, 2012
  9. The NBA's flopping strategy

    Henry Abbott

    "Flopping" will be defined as any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player. The primary factor in determining whether a player committed a flop is whether his physical reaction to contact ...

    Blog | October 03, 2012
  10. The ref made me flop

    Henry Abbott

    Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Shane Battier says one reason players go down is because referees tell them they have to. On Heat Index, Tom Haberstroh digs into the NBA's new, as-yet unclear anti-flopping policy. Erik Spoelstra and LeBron James are a...

    Blog | October 02, 2012
  11. Tuesday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Evanz of Golden State of Mind has a fascinating report from the Sports Analytics Innovation Summit, including news of how the NBA oversees its referees and how NBA tickets will increasingly be priced like plane tickets. For instance, here's a report ...

    Blog | September 25, 2012
  12. Five for Friday

    Henry Abbott

    The referees are always a touchy subject, especially in the playoffs when little moments can have huge implications. As the games become more and more intense, officials are put in an especially tough position when players are actively trying to tric...

    Blog | June 08, 2012
  13. Never had to happen

    Henry Abbott

    Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Sport Some get excited at the blood. But the NBA is far better when it's about basketball. In retrospect, the referees lost control of the game early in the second quarter. Tyler Hansbrough fouled the daylights out of Dwya...

    Blog | May 23, 2012
  14. HoopIdea: Rules that last all game

    Henry Abbott

    Sometimes being an NBA official is tough. But this time, referee Michael Smith had a gimme. About five feet in front of him, the Celtics' Kevin Garnett delivered an offensive foul combination platter to Sixers swingman Andre Iguodala: One part mov...

    Blog | May 17, 2012
  15. At right price, please advertise on uniforms

    Henry Abbott

    Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE/Getty Images If the NBA can survive paid logo placement on referees, what's the worry about players? Mark Cuban is making noises about all the money the NBA could make selling advertising space on jerseys. And he's not just t...

    Blog | March 28, 2012
  16. First Cup: Monday

    Henry Abbott

    Dan Duggan of the Boston Herald: The last two weeks have added several chapters to Rondo's magical mystery tour. He was suspended for two games for throwing the ball at a referee. He participated in his third career All-Star Game. He had a bizarre 0-...

    Blog | March 05, 2012