This week in NBA news, Golden State Warriors big man Draymond Green had lots to say about the increasingly growing issue surrounding the officiating in the league. Green told reporters that the most important thing that the NBA should focus on solving is the relationships between refs and the players.
According to Green, Officials are using personal feelings toward ballplayers when officiating games, resulting in unfair calls. Issues between NBA Officials and players are nothing new to anyone in the league, however, the problem has become more evident. If you need an example, then just think of clashes, like in Dec of this year with Green’s fellow teammate Shaun Livingston and NBA Official Courtney Kirkland; which resulted in a head-butting match during the Miami Heat/Golden State game.
As a fan, I look back at games of the past and remember when old school players would challenge Refs on calls. It was entertaining and fueled the game but it never got physical like now in 2018. It would rarely get to the point of fighting. In the eyes of a true fan, that is the equivalent of challenging my mother. I wouldn’t dare come for her. Officials have always been looked at as you would “elders”, or someone you held to a level of respect.
You may not agree with their calls but back then you knew what line to stop at and you better not cross it. So, what’s changed? Is there still a mutual respect between players and these Officials or are some players getting too big for their britches? Who’s the victim? Find out my thoughts and let me know yours. I’m pretty sure it’s not the person with 11 techs this season and 15 last season. *Kanye shrug* Eh, I could be wrong though.