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NBA Confession

So, I was informed by the league office that the NBA DOES NOT voluntarily release its opinion or analysis about controversial judgment calls. The offensive foul ref Bob Delaney called on Monta Ellis is considered a judgment call. The NBA only volunteers its analysis for specific rules violations or in serious circumstances.
The league does, however, share its findings on controversial calls when a member of the media asks. So I asked. And Stu Jackson answered.
“We did review,” he said Tuesday. “The call was incorrect.”
“After looking at the play, the foul was on (Derek) Fisher and not (Monta) Ellis. It appeared that Fisher pulled Ellis down.”
There you have it.

Marcus Thompson

  • Wilson

    So essentially the refs handed the Lakers the game. Being a forgiving sort, I hope that official slept well after he looked at the replay that night. And I hope that Derek Fisher was proud of himself, having cheated his way to victory, possibly on instructions from Phil Jackson. I believe that Fisher wants to come across as a man of character and I hope that this doesn’t tarnish his reputation to the point that the Bay Area has lost its respect for him.

  • JustPuked

    Thanks Marcus for taking the time to track down the answer that all the real basketball fans already knew. While the call didn’t lose the game for the Warriors it essentially sealed the win for the Lakers. The NBA must be feeling great knowing the largest crowd to watch an NBA game in California history went home knowing the NBA referees just handed the Lakers another game on a silver platter. Right now the NBA has more in common with the WWF and flop silly soccer than it does with MLB and the NFL. The NBA: Where Ooops Happens.

  • http://warriorsworld.net del

    So, the NBA essentially handed the Lakers a win, in a hotly contested Western conference with the Warriors fighting for a playoff spot.

    Nice, makes me feel good about the 6 plus grand I shell out for season tickets. I might as well buy WWF and Roller Derby pay per view to complete my fake sports trifecta.

  • CapnJack

    The only reason why Fisher wants to come across like a man of character is that he wants to keep getting the calls. If he admitted that he took Ellis down or gloated about stealing one, then the officials would be less inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt next time. He’ll play the nice guy for as long as he can get away with it.

  • MountainJim

    So do the Warriors get a free chalupa if they take Jackson’s admission to a Taco Bell or something?

    I assume Delaney feels bad, the league is briefly embarrassed, nothing will happen and we’ll never know who would have won if Delaney had just swallowed his whistle like he should have. Saying the Warriors would have won presumes way too much.

  • EJ

    Marcus, how is that the other 2 officials missed the call? Especially the one who was right in front of the play? Where could he have possibly been looking with all the chaos going on RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF HIM? I know he saw it. To me, he’s just as guilty as Delaney for not correcting the call. There seems to be a lot of cases where the ref behind the play is the one making the call.

  • Cedric

    What did the league say about Kobe remaining in the game with blood trickling down his cheek?

  • ms

    He slept dayam well because he probably made money on that fixed game… go look up Delany on wikipedia, he’s a suspected cheater!

  • The Truth

    Are you kidding me??? Foul on Fisher??? I don’t think so. If you look closely and carefully Baron Davis’ foot was the cause of it; Derek Fisher tripped on his foot; he did not “tackle” him like everyone is stating.

    Secondly, Harrington is arm locking/holding Kobe so that he won’t be able to defend the in-bounds pass. So if you want to make calls, Harrington should’ve got one too.

    This was not the only bad call during that game…there were many others calls worse than this one from this game and the game the day before.

    Nobody handed this game away except the Warriors themselves…simply put, they should’ve played better and if they did, biased fans like some of you won’t have to complain about the call made during these type of games.

  • commish

    I wish you would call the NBA office more often until they get the picture that the refs make far too many bad calls against the Warriors. Keep track your calls to them and get some media attention to what seems to a homer like me quite unfair foul calling.

    Then, maybe–but I doubt it–Jackson can lose “the glare” stares he gives the refs so much of the time which probably just pisses them off more.

  • Gunner

    Wow so many Lakers trolls here. Why don’t you all go back and post in your “I love Kobe” forum in Colorado?

  • Mythbuster

    #9 More Laker “Truthiness”

    Many, especially Warriors fans, thought if there was a foul at all, it was committed by Fisher. Stu Jackson, the NBA’s executive vice president of basketball operations, agreed.

    “We did review,” Jackson said Thursday. “The call was incorrect.

    “After looking at the play, the foul was on Fisher and not Ellis. It appeared that Fisher pulled Ellis down.”

    Jackson said the league informed the Warriors of its analysis. Delaney was also informed, though Jackson kept the discussions with the respected referee confidential.

  • Andrew Rosenblum

    Hey “The Truth” — Stu Jackson just said it was a foul on Fisher – his is the opinion that counts, not yours!

  • KONG!

    I hate to see these types of games get decided by Refs and I think this should have been a “no-call”. Fisher fell down because he lost his balance and Monta Ellis lost his footing trying to run into Fisher. They both tripped, end of story. I say let them play, but the Refs called a foul.

    Lakers win. Don’t worry Warriors fans, Golden State only won when Bynum and Gasol where’nt there.

    See you in the playoffs.

  • NewLakerDynasty

    Stu Jackson is the same douchebag who suspended Kobe twice last season for a move that Manu Ginobili gets away with pulling every single game(“accidentally” hitting the defender while following through with the shooting arm). Unless you are blind, it is very apparent that Monta Ellis was running really fast at Fish and the momentum caused him lose his balance. If he “pulled him down,” it’s because he was already holding Monta to try to maintain his balance. Now as a Laker fan and an NBA fan, I personally would’ve preferred to see that last possession played out. But the fact is, in the NBA, the referees have way too much control over the game and they constantly abuse that control (remember Tim Donaghy?). It’s just one of the things about the game you may not like, but you’ve gotta deal with it or don’t watch the NBA. I dunno what you Warriors fans are complaining about, you have an entertaining team that is going to make the playoffs over Dallas or Denver. Just drop it and move on.

  • BD

    I love how you all can read peoples minds. Can you teach me that?

    Sure, you know what Fisher/Delaney/other refs were thinking. Sure, you were right there and can declare what actually happened… Sure, you know all and aren’t letting your bias get in the way.

    I watched it over and over and thought it was unclear: I didn’t see enough tension in Fisher’s arm to pull a man down, but I did see the force of Ellis pushing into Fisher. However, I’ll admit that I’m biased since I wanted the Lakers to win.

    Can you do the same and admit that you are biased and your perceptions of what you saw are so influenced?

    (Oh, and Stu Jackson’s opinion doesn’t matter much, considering that they aren’t going to re-play the game. It’s done, and you have to think about how no matter how close that game was, every shot that didn’t go down for the Warriors was just as much to blame for their loss.)

  • big daddy lakers

    we won u suckaz…see ya in the playoffs

  • The Truth

    #11 – Your right, I do like Kobe’s game and nobody in this league compare to what skills he can bring to the table. Tools like you don’t give credit when credit is due…I hate all those kobe haters, like you, which are so jealous of not having an incredible player on your team of choice. If Kobe was to be shipped to your team all of a sudden your opinon towards him cahnges and your on the ground, first in line, to suck on his long one…aren’t I right? If he left to your team you’d be all about him.

    #12 – They reviewed what Jackson asked to be reviewed and that was the Foul on Ellis. Did they review the whole play…when Kobe was arm locked and held by Harrington, nope! So if you want to take the foul away from Ellis that’s fine, but when you review the whole play and all the players involced in that play the foul commited and goes to Harrington. So no difference in the call…you take away one and you get the other one.

    #13 – Stu Jackson was reviewing the call which someone was b.i.t.c.h.i.n.g about like a sissy girl…I have never seen a member of the media get so but hurt about a play and run to their daddy’s to get it reviwed…only when people play the Lakers is when you hear so many people complaining about calls, etc.

    ALL I KNOW IS THAT COME PLAYOFFS IF THE WARRIORS MAKE IT AND PLAY THE LAKERS, TWO THINGS I MUST SAY…SWEEP & GAME OVER. HAHAH!!

  • The Truth

    LOS ANGELES LAKERS!!!! SOON TO BE 2008 NBA CHAMPIONS!!!

  • MR. JUAN / YOUR WARLOCK

    The NBA only volunteers its analysis for specific rules violations or in serious circumstances. VERSUS The league does, however, share its findings on controversial calls when a member of the media asks….WHAT BULL SHIT!….THIS IS A MAJOR CONTRADICTION!….WHO DECIDES WHAT IS AND ISN’T CONTROVERSIAL?….ON A JUDGMENT CALL?….THE MEDIA? THE NBA?….MICKEY MOUSE?….HELL, FIDEL CASTRO’S COMMUNISTIC REGIME WAS MORE GENUINE THAN THIS….AGAIN, WHAT A SORRY BUNCH OF POLITCAL LOSERS!

  • JustPuked

    #18 Could your equipment be any smaller?

  • MR. JUAN / YOUR WARLOCK

    ALL STU JACKSON HAS DONE, IS CREATE MORE CONTROVERSY FOR ALL TO PONDER.

  • MR. JUAN / YOUR WARLOCK

    HEY #13 ANDREW ROSENBLUM, WHERE IN THE HECK, DOES THIS OPINION COUNT?…IN YOUR DREAMS?

  • JustPuked

    Sweep? The weak Lakers didn’t even win the regular season series against the Warriors. Without the help of any officials the Dubs walked into LA and whooped that hinny like Kobe bitching up and buying a 4 million dollar ring for his wife and STILL getting sent to the couch for tapping some groupie. Way to choke the last two games. The Lakers are going to be LUCKY to even make the playoffs and get swept in the first round. The Grizz handed you their best player and they STILL crushed ya’ll. Ha ha ha ha.

  • MR. JUAN / YOUR WARLOCK

    HEY JUSTPUKED, YOU MUST CONSTANTLY EAT YOUR OWN VOMIT….HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHHAHAHA….WHAT IGNORANCE!

  • commish

    Note to The Truth: Lakers lose to Memphis at home after Kobe goes for 51 or some such sick number. Sound familiar–like last year? And he whinned all game long and bitched at his teammates. When the going gets tough, Kobe becomes more of the selfish baby he really is.

  • MR. JUAN / YOUR WARLOCK

    HEY, YOUR GUYS CAN’T EVEN WIN A SINGLE GAME WITH JUST ONE PLAYER DOWN (STEPHEN JACKSON), LET ALONE WITH 3 OR 4 DOWN….lOSERS!

  • Andrew Rosenblum

    Why is that Lakers fans are such inarticulate goons? All the smog must have caused brain damage.

  • MR. JUAN / YOUR WARLOCK

    Talk about inarticulate?….Goons?….First, learn how to use the appropriate form of verbs and nouns before spewing your articulate use of brain damage….Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez

  • Andrew Rosenblum

    Mr. Juan — why is that you’re unable to express yourself without capital letters? Worried that no one will listen to your nonsense? You should be.

  • MR. JUAN / YOUR WARLOCK

    Mr. Rosenblum, Your reaction and opinion to my expression/s, is very weak… If this is all you got, obviously my point/s hit LOUD and CLEAR….

  • Andrew Rosenblum

    Chris Paul for 2007-2008 MVP