Frustrated Nugget

Denver coach George Karl wasn’t pleased with the officials’ work in Game 5. He was upset because he believed Lakers coach Phil Jackson campaigned for calls after he criticized the referees after Game 4. It wasn’t as if the Nuggets got jobbed by the refs, though. They had more fouls than the Lakers, 30-22. The Lakers shot more free throws, 35-30. But it wasn’t as if the numbers were skewed dramatically in the Lakers’ favor.

Here’s what Karl had to say:

“There’s a home-court edge and intensity to the game. I thought they (the Lakers) got the benefit of the whistle. But it just seems like (it’s) very frustrating for me to sit here and have to worry about every — like there’s gamesmanship in the press conference on refereeing. I wish it wasn’t — that’s not part of coaching for me.

“I mean, Melo (Carmelo Anthony) got beat up tonight. And the same type of attitude and actions that we had that got us to the rim and got us a lot of easy baskets. … Tonight, they defended better, at least from the standpoint of the scoreboard. The stat sheet says they defended better. They blocked more shots. We didn’t get as many paint points.

“But I’m not sure that’s the case. And I think there’s some good things that my team did, that for three quarters it was a pretty evenly matched game. I think it will be very easy to get my team ready to play for Game 6.

“I’m not going to get fined. I’m not going to get into the game of — Phil is much better at it than I am, so much more philosophical about the whistle and how it changed. It was a very difficult whistle to play, play in the game. No question about that. Every player in my locker room is frustrated, from guards to big guys.

“Look at the stat sheet. (Pau) Gasol goes after at least 20 jump shots, 20 shots to the rim and gets one foul. Our big guys have 16. I don’t know. Nene has six fouls, three or four of them don’t exist. And it’s frustrating when you take one of your best big guys off the court for that many minutes.

“But, again, it just seems like, I think (Orlando coach) Stan Van Gundy says it right. In the postgame, we’re lobbying for the league to help us with the refereeing. And this is too good of a series. It’s two good teams competing that we’re sitting here just confused by the whistle.”

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  • Love this game

    I must say I can’t remember ever the NBA being this screwed up. The referees seem to be in disarray making ghost calls and swallowing the whistle when players are being clobbered. Technical fouls galore, only for the front office to rescind them or saying the referee was wrong! Three refs on the floor and none of them sees Mo Williams throwing the ball at Howard or Alston slapping House on the head. Players don’t know how to play from one game to the next. What or how do you adjust?? I mean that foul call on LeBron driving to the basket with 0.5 left on the clock or last night Nene playing perfect d and get his 6th as a result. I’m glad I’m not a coach. I’d be in the poorhouse. I have refereed for 25 years mind you not in the NBA but players and coaches alike have always asked one thing. Same and fair calls on both ends of the floor and they will adjust to it. It makes no difference to me and I’m sure fans in Denver and Orlando will fill their arenas in a final series as their team deserve to be there just as much as Cleveland and LA. So, fellow officials call the game as you see it and may the best team win.

  • Dionnefan

    Let’s just call it what it is, SOUR GRAPES. The calls when both ways. How many times did Gasol get hacked under the basket? How many times did Kobe get mauled driving to the basket? The refs have been consistantly bad both ways. No way you can say one side got all the calls.

    What about the two handed shove on Kobe? What about the trip on Kobe? Karl’s a big baby, and the “anonymous” Nugget who claims the Lakers BOUGHT A VICTORY is a moron. I guess the officials were the one’s throwing up the bricks and making those terrible passes during the Lakers’ 4th quarter run?