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 30, 2012
Conference call, the sequel. Or the ongoing saga of the coin toss. … On Saturday, UCLA won the toss and believed it had deferred to the second half. Referees interpreted that as UCLA choosing to kick off, and Arizona State got the ball to start the game and to start the second half. On Monday, the Pac-12 said that a conference official met with Athletic Director Dan Guerrero at halftime and explained that the referees had acted properly. The official brought the same message to Mora postgame, according to a conference official.
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.