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April 3, 2013
Greg Willard Longtime NBA referee worked more than 1,600 games Greg Willard, 54, a longtime NBA referee who worked more than 1,600 games before he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer , died Monday at his home in Huntington Beach, according to NBA spokesman Tim Frank. Willard was diagnosed with the illness during last season's playoffs and worked only one more game, a Lakers exhibition at the Honda Center in October. Moments of silence to honor him were planned at all NBA games Tuesday and Wednesday.
March 6, 2013 |
Writers from around Tribune Co. discuss the topic. Feel free to join the conversation with a comment of your own. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times They ought to call them technicality fouls the way the NBA is handing out technicals willy-nilly. When Mr. Nice Guy, a.k.a. Kevin Durant, ranks No. 2 in the league in technical fouls, it might be a pretty good indication that things have gotten out of hand. The next thing you know, Durant will get a technical for kissing his mother before games.
January 10, 2013 |
Referee Billy Kennedy crashed through the fourth wall on Wednesday evening. During a live broadcast of the Lakers vs. San Antonio game on ESPN, the team's coaches gathered around Kennedy to find out why there was a delay in restarting play after a break. It looked as though they were discussing something fairly serious -- but that notion was quickly debunked. "TV went to a 20[-second timeout], thought that it was going to be a 20," Kennedy told the coaches. "All right, so what I'm doing right now is I'm stalling.
January 10, 2013 |
Midway through the fourth quarter of the Lakers' visit to San Antonio to play the Spurs on Wednesday night, the game inexplicably halted with 5:09 left on the clock. Apparently, there was some confusion regarding available timeouts and television advertising, as described by referee Bill Kennedy in a clip that was obviously not intended to air on the ESPN broadcast. Kennedy explains to coaches Mike D'Antoni and Gregg Popovich he's "stalling. I'm stalling for commercial time.
January 9, 2013 |
The NBA has fined Mark Cuban $50,000 for making critical Twitter comments about league officiating. The Dallas Mavericks owner was unhappy after the Mavericks lost to the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday and tweeted: "Im sorry NBA fans. Ive tried for 13 years to fix the officiating in this league and I have failed miserably. Any Suggestions ? I need help. " The Mavericks were called for 20 fouls in the game, the Hornets 10. Cuban is no stranger to fines. The latest assessment pushes his total to about $1.8 million in fines since he bought the Mavs in 2000.
December 13, 2012 |
In a game Wednesday between the Brooklyn Nets and the Toronto Raptors, NBA referee Courtney Kirkland ran at Kris Humphries as the Nets forward is about to shoot a free throw in the fourth quarter. Humphries took two dribbles, lined up, and was about to release when Kirkland jumped toward him with his hands in the air, forcing Humphries to stop his momentum just as he's about to shoot. Maybe Kirkland is a huge Kim Kardashian fan, and when he saw Humphries standing by his lonesome at the free throw line, he couldn't contain himself.
October 22, 2012 |
About the best thing that can be said about Monday's presidential debate in Boca Raton, Fla., is that it's the last one. In theory, debates should represent a terrific opportunity for voters to assess the competing arguments and policies of presidential candidates. It's a nice theory, but that's not what we were presented with Tuesday night, nor in the first debate. What I heard, over and over again, was a lot of barking: One candidate barks out statistics or obscure references to his opponent's record or statements, followed by return barking to the effect that it's all a pack of lies.
October 13, 2012 |
Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado engaged in a fight-of-the-year slugfest at Home Depot Center on Saturday night, with Oxnard's Rios notching a seventh-round technical knockout that proves he retains wallop while moving up in weight. Nonito Donaire couldn't match the nonstop brawling of that bout, but he did take another step toward standing as the world's top super-bantamweight with a ninth-round technical knockout of Japan's Toshiaki Nishioka. Former lightweight champion Rios, in his junior-welterweight debut, unleashed a pair of hard overhand rights in the seventh, then pounded two lefts onto Alvarado's mug to force referee Pat Russell to stop the fight at the 1:57 mark.
September 30, 2012 |
It turns out that the professional referees in the NFL - the ones we used to love to hate but, after watching their replacements, now hate to love - are highly skilled officials, with years of experience and training. They couldn't be swapped for refs from high school conferences and the Lingerie League, not without messing up the game. Professionalism matters, and workers have specific skills that make them good at their jobs. It was the performance of the "amateur" refs that ultimately pushed the NFL owners (otherwise known as the billionaire's club)
September 28, 2012 |
Week 4 of the NFL season is here, and the games continue to get more interesting. In Friday's Google+ hangout with Mark Thompson, formerly the Mark part of KLOS' dynamic morning duo, and Times NFL columnist Sam Farmer, topics include the return of regular officials and a review of Thursday night's Browns-Ravens game as well as a look at top matchups and story lines for the weekend. Farmer admitted he'd "never seen anything like it" when the fans in Baltimore cheered for the return of the regular officials.