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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. 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
  3. When You See an Unfamiliar Referee ...

    Henry Abbott

    By Chris Sheridan Every now and then, you will see a referee working an NBA game who you've probably never heard of (unless you are a habitual D-League viewer). That is because as part of the two-year labor agreement between the NBA and the ref...

    Blog | October 30, 2009
  4. Mark Cuban on Replacement Referees

    Henry Abbott

    Mark Cuban was on the Dan Patrick Show, where some of his love/hate feelings towards the regular referees: I want to see the traditional -- the old refs -- come back. They've worked their butts off and given a lot of blood, sweat and tears and so ha...

    Blog | October 15, 2009
  5. Tuesday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Bret LaGree of Hoopinion on Larry Brown's ejection via replacement referee: "Larry got his 2nd T from Kevin Scott, who never got within 35 feet of Brown before, during, or after the call. Brown tried to engage any of the refs on the occasion...

    Blog | October 13, 2009
  6. Wednesday Mini-Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Posted by Kevin Arnovitz Howard Beck revisits 1995, when replacement refs took to the hardwood and the grass was vividly greener for the players: "The games got messy. The players got antsy. They wanted their old referees back - the same ones ...

    Blog | September 23, 2009
  7. Friday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    ESPN's Stats and Analysis group e-mails: "There are fewer fouls being called, but the average number of disqualifications per game has declined at a much higher rate than the number of fouls. Maybe refs are hesitant or even forgiving when it...

    Blog | March 27, 2009
  8. Tuesday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Mike D'Antoni says that he'll watch film at halftime, and if he sees that some call he yelled at the refs for was indeed a good call, he'll 'fess up when they're all back on the court. He tells Jonathan Abrams of The New York Times: "I'll do it...

    Blog | December 16, 2008
  9. About Home Teams Winning

    Henry Abbott

    TrueHoop reader Kurt e-mails: I was a little frustrated with the home team dominance of the second round of the playoffs (home teams are 17-1). So I started to look around for people to blame for this phenomenon. Naturally, I landed on the NBA refs....

    Blog | May 14, 2008
  10. To Catch a Crooked Ref: Audit

    Henry Abbott

    Bruce Schneier is widely recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on security. He has a fascinating blog, was recently interviewed at length on the Freakonomics blog, and has written several books. In September, he wrote an essay that wa...

    Blog | December 06, 2007
  11. How's Your Transparency Going?

    Henry Abbott

    Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News wrote yesterday: In the biggest fallout from the Tim Donaghy betting scandal to date, six NBA refs have been disciplined by the league for breaking its strict, if unrealistic, anti-gambling rules. Sources sa...

    Blog | October 22, 2007
  12. Mike Wise: Dallas is Done

    Henry Abbott

    Mike Wise co-wrote a book with Shaquille O'Neal. They have been friendly for a long time. He's also a very good NBA reporter. But today, I think his friendship is clouding his judgment just a little when he first goes on about how unfair the refs...

    Blog | June 16, 2006
  13. Dave D'Alessandro's Playoff Referee Rundown

    Henry Abbott

    Now that he puts it that way, it does seem pretty bad: We all seem to forget that just as every player mistake is magnified this time of year, so is every decision by the refs-- not granting Nash that timeout in overtime of Game 4 at LA, not calling ...

    Blog | May 02, 2006
  14. Stu Jackson, Please Explain

    Henry Abbott

    Udonis Haslem chucked a mouth guard that bounced near a referee. Shaquille O'Neal, like fans everywhere, complained about the refs. Reggie Evans reached between Chris Kaman's legs and tried to rip his balls off. Reggie Evans got by far t...

    Blog | May 02, 2006
  15. J.A. Adande: The Refs Don't Have it in for the Lakers

    Henry Abbott

    Adande's getting mail from people upset that referee Danny Crawford is trying to ruin the Lakers. He responds. Do you realize Danny Crawford was on the crews in two of the most important Laker victories this decade: Game 7 against the Sacramento King...

    Blog | March 21, 2006
  16. Little Known Facts About Fabricio Oberto

    Henry Abbott

    There's a whole list of comedy about the Spurs' Argentine forward at Four Quarters. Some favorites: The Chief export of Argentina is Fabricio Oberto! When an NBA ref calls a foul on Oberto, Oberto tells the ref "say please!" When Oberto fouls anoth...

    Blog | March 09, 2006