By Marcus Thompson
Wednesday, July 25th, 2007 at 11:16 am in Uncategorized.
You may have seen the article written in the New York Times about a suspicious move by Tim Donaghy in the Warriors game against Chicago on Feb. 9. (The link: http://www.realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/47291/20070723/did_donaghy_help_warriors_in_game_versus_bulls/) Pretty much, the Warriors went into the game as two-point favorites. They were tied and Bulls had the ball in the waning seconds. Chicago was dribbling for the final shot and Andris Biedrins was camped in the key for several seconds. Of course, that’s a defensive three seconds penalty, which is a technical foul free throw. But instead of making the call, which would’ve given Ben Gordon or Kirk Hinrich a potential game-winning free throw attempt, Donaghy tapped Biedrins on the hip, pretty much telling him to get out of the key.
The Warriors got the stop and the game went into overtime. The Warriors won by two, 123-121.
Have sat courtside during games, I know for a fact the referees help out players and coaches sometimes instead of slowing the game down with calls. I’ve heard “get your hands off” when a defender is hand-checking and stuff like that in several instances. But it’s hard to tell whether Donaghy was just doing his part to let the players to decide the game or keeping alive his chances at winning a bet.
Interesting, huh? What do you think?