Finals MVP: Tim Duncan (24.2 / 17.0 / 5.3) 2003 Playoff Leaders: PTS: Tim Duncan (593) TRB: Tim Duncan (369) AST: Jason Kidd (163) Yes, at a glance you can see the Lakers got some advantage from the calls down the stretch, but if Bavetta was really trying to rig the game, would he have called a tie up jump ball at the 3:26 mark (and subsequently had a bad toss that gave the ball to the Kings) with the Kings ahead by two when he could have called a foul on Divac? I said there was no foul play involved in 2008, but in 2010? A bench player named Leon Powe shot more free throws (13) than the entire Lakers team. The theory here is that the NBA thought it would be best for the highly star powered Los Angeles Lakers to be the face of the league still in 1988. He missed. In his book Personal Foul, Donaghy wrote that As soon as the referees for the game were chosen, the rest of us [other NBA refs] knew immediately there would be a Game 7. Asked to elaborate, Donaghy wrote me that Bavetta would always say he was the NBAs go to guy and he would always help make the series go another game he said [this] to me before the game in L.A.. The images: Divacs fifth foul call. They had just finished beating the Spurs to tie the series. The league suspended Green for his retaliation, but his retaliation wasnt nearly as bad as the aggressor LeBron James's actions in this incident. The NBA has yet to publicize the results of its review, which was conducted by an outside lawyer, Lawrence Pedowitz. Yet there is a fair amount of left arm push off from Webber and Bernhardt was right on top of the play with a good angle. A missed three at the end of the game by a still bleeding Bibby to give the Lakers the win. How often do we see calls made that long after the initial contact? 40 free throws for the Lakers over the course of the game. The Kings, their fans and many in the news media were outraged by the officiating that night. In Game 4 of the 2007 Western Conference semifinals, Robert Horry checked Steve Nash into the scorer's table in a game that was already decided. What's worse is that the Spurs initiated the fight. The block/charge/no call situation is also about the worst of these in that it's such a snap judgement with significant effect. This gets to the heart of the matter to me: despite the NBA's official claim that 95% of calls are correct over a season, there are just too many plays that are far from being clear cut wrong/right and many that fall into a gray area where even watching a play many times in slow motion you can make a case for different verdicts. The typical conspiracy theories that we know of are: The Earth is flat, we never really landed on the moon, and a conspiracy or two has been floated around as to how things occurred when John F. Kennedy was shot and killed. All of the information revealed Tuesday was previously conveyed by Donaghy to federal investigators last July. And the calls came. "He turned on basically all of his colleagues in an attempt to demonstrate that he is not the only one who engaged in criminal activity," Stern said. The Heat had a 28-5 free-throw advantage in the first half! WebWhat if the 2002 Sacramento Kings were not screwed by the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals? The Greatest Show on Court, Sacramento had enthused casual fans and NBA junkies alike since 1999 with legendary assistant coach Pete Carrils Princeton offense that produced a unique combination of flash and fundamentals. replays showing the shot left his hands after the buzzer sounded. Getting off of the bench. Another Western Conference Finals between the two archrivals felt destined when they ended up on opposite ends of the bracket come playoff time, the Kings as the 2 seed and Pacific Division champions and the Lakers as the 5 seed and reigning NBA champions. It was hard to see that in how each referees calls broke down. WebWhat if the 2002 Sacramento Kings were not screwed by the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals? Viewed together, and paired with the context of the series and the amount of money the NBA stood to gain from a Game 7, a different picture emerges. Pollards fifth and sixth foul calls. The NBA would much rather send the Lakers over the Kings to the finals for theTVratings and for the profit. The letter describes a 2002 playoff series that went seven games; the Western Conference finals was the only series to require seven games. It claimed two of the three officials of Game 6 intentionally altered its outcome, which became a national frenzy respected Washington Post columnist and ESPN commentator Michael Wilbon wrote that I still consider [Game 6] the single worst-officiated game in the 28 years Ive been covering professional basketball. Derek Fisher joked yesterday: Regardless of the allegations, he's not giving back his championship ring. But what happened in 2007 was completely inexcusable. When the 76ers got the first pick in the draft later that night no one was surprised. The more I look at it, the more the evidence starts to pile up. The Lakers attempted 18 more free throws in the quarter. Would he have called the blocking foul on Fox with 0:20 when an offensive foul would have basically sealed the game? Convicted felon and former referee Tim Donaghy has come out and claimed that this game was rigged multiple times. As we know, the NBA is a league that runs on revenue. Stern has said the report will be made public after Donaghy's sentencing. Additionally, the Lakers wereaveraging25 free throw attempts for the entire series, which is much more than the average team gets to shoot. He says he simply thought about the situation a little more and doesn't believe in an NBA referee conspiracy, in large part because the allegations are coming from just one man, Tim Donaghy, who didn't even referee the controversial game. Only, they really aren't. In a harbinger of things to come, the Lakers stormed back to cut a 27-point fourth quarter lead in half before the final buzzer sounded. Shaq was overly physical, and the refs didn't call many fouls. This is the first call on this list that feels a little fishy. NBA Finals 2000. There is evidence of tampering within the game too,Ingame 6, the Lakers were awarded with shooting40 free throws in theentiregame, including 27 in the 4. quarter alone! It's eight minutes long (by the way, I highly encourage watching it if you're a fan of terrible calls). The Sacramento Kings were in the drivers seat to knocking off a young exciting Los Angeles Lakers team that featured Shaquille ONeal and Kobe Bryant, but the referees decided to take matters into their own hands. As a team, the Celtics did 17 times. With both I think they win the series. Ten years later, Ham sighed and paused for many seconds when trying to explain the effect Horrys shot had on the Kings franchise. Game over. This series still sickens me. To be fair the actual lottery happens in a back room hours before it is televised, but still Mutumbos actions brought many fans to the conclusion the lottery was rigged. The 2001 NBA playoffs were ultimately dominated by the Los Angeles Lakers, who rolled to the second of three consecutive championships in the Shaq-Kobe era. This can be done primarily through bad officiating that is easily detected by fans. The Suns had home-court advantage. Had an offensive foul been called, the Bulls would have lost Game 6 86-85 and been forced to play Game 7 in Utah. Look at the image above. I called it the worst officiated game in NBA history. The Lakers eventually prevailed 106-102 to force a decisive Game 7. L.A.'s Derek Fisher and Boston's Scot Pollard played in the 2002 playoff game between the Lakers and Sacramento Kings, the game Tim Donaghy says was rigged by two referees in favor of the Lakers. Indiana was the better team (the Knicks were the No. Stern did not respond to specific allegations but said that the NBA had fully cooperated with the government since last summer. In the waning moments of Game 5 of the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals, Charles Smith was blocked four times on potential game-winning layups. As a subscriber, you have 10 gift articles to give each month. With five seconds remaining Jordans iconic jumper went through the net. The Lakers tied the series and eventually won the championship, and many feel the Pistons were robbed of a title because of a horrendous call in Game 6. Subscribe to Stathead Basketball: Get your first month FREEYour All-Access Ticket to the Basketball Reference Database. Instead the New Orleans Hornets moved up four spots in the lottery and got the number one pick. It was allowed by the referees. Webbers clean block on Bryant negated by a ghost foul on Kings guard Doug Christie. WebHowever, when Minnesota lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, the Lakers gained home court advantage for the NBA Finals because the Lakers posted a better regular season record at 56-26 than the Eastern Conference champion Detroit Pistons at 5428. Beech also looked for any and all evidence to support Donaghy's claim that two of the referees were "company men" who did the NBA's bidding. the official stats partner of the NBA, NHL and MLB. 2002 Western Conference Finals Game 6: The Elbow, 8. He never struck me as someone particularly worried about competitive balance and fairness. While Kirkland ranks comfortably among the extensive list of referees , Zarba is right in the bottom-25, and Tiven ranked second to last. Be the first one to comment on this story. If nobody could get high enough to block it, how could Bill Laimbeer have gotten high enough to foul Kareem? Some people cry conspiracy, claiming the game is rigged. Three fouls on Kings big man Lawrence Funderburke in just six minutes. They defeated the Kings in Sacramento en route to capturing their third championship by sweeping the New Jersey Nets. The Questionable Calls of the 2006 NBA finals, 5. The Heat would win the final four games of the series, but the free throw attempts between the two teams were enormously in favor of the Heat. Tim knew Referees A and F to be 'company men,' always acting in the interest of the NBA, and that night, it was in the NBA's interest to add another game to the series." Let's look at the 10 worst officiating moments in NBA history and what they mean in the grand scheme of things. 2. We had a chance and we blew it.. He went to the free-throw line 15 times. It felt like the arena was completely alive. His sentencing is scheduled for next month. Mr. DEREK FISHER (Basketball Player, Los Angeles Lakers): And I remember we won the game, but I don't remember at any moment during the night, their helping us out here. Lottery night came, and the Golden State Warriors were the worst team in the NBA in 1985 and were hopeful they would get the first selection in the draft. Familiarity breeds animosity, Pollard said, citing the multiple times the in-state rivals, representing the coast and cow town, as Lakers coach Phil Jackson contemptuously referred to Californias inland capital, had played over the years in the preseason, regular season and postseason. Question, Comment, Feedback, or Correction? With a slim 1.5% of winning the 1993 draft lottery the Magic won it, and selected Chris Webber first overall who they later traded away for Penny Hardaway. Michael Jordan scored a layup with 40 seconds remaining to cut the lead to one for the Jazz. The 2002 Lakers (as well as the team from our next slide) are one of two teams whose championships I adamantly refuse to validate. Bibby inbounded the ball to Webber, who promptly passed the ball to a curling Bibby and set a hard (Lakers fans would claim moving) screen on Bibbys defender Derek Fisher, who fell to the ground in a heap. David Stern stepped in and vetoed the trade, and the main reason the deal was off was so that the league could keep more of a competitive balance. Finals MVP: Shaquille O'Neal(36.3/12.3/3.8), Every Sports Reference Social Media Account, Site Last Updated: Wednesday, March 1, 8:19PM. Subscribe to Stathead Basketball: Get your first month FREEYour All-Access Ticket to the Basketball Reference Database. The SPORTS REFERENCE and STATHEAD trademarks are owned exclusively by Sports Reference LLC. Find out more. He found that the questionable, or to his eyes, flat out incorrect, calls favored the Lakers not in huge numbers (nine total calls), but a very lopsided (7-2) rate. Seconds after the miss a whistle blew. There appears to be contact particularly on the fourth attempt. The Knicks shot the same number of free throws as times they were called for charging. I don't think it's a 100 percent clear foul, and refs are generally supposed to let players decide games in the final moments without whistles. Kobe Bryant was shooting terribly in Game 7. In a separate matter, Lauro is requesting a subpoena to obtain results of the NBA's internal investigation regarding Donaghy and other referees. At the time the league had owned the New Orleans Hornets. Cleveland Cavaliers GetThe First Pick Again In 2014. NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by an NPR contractor. He ended up shooting 6-of-24 from the field, but I believe at one point he was something like 2-of-17. But what happened during those four nights in 2006 left a mark on the NBA's historical resum so big that it can never really be erased. While it felt as though the Kings had already won five games, as Webber put it before the game, the series shifted back to Sacramento for a winner-take-all Game 7. Webber took what appeared to be such a harmless little step, with no other player even close to him. We'll remember the careers of Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, Robert Horry and Amare Stoudemire differently because of it. Doubtful. According to Donaghy, the referee that officiated the notorious game 6, Dick Bevotta,was a fixer ofsomesorts within the league. I'm willing to look at this as just a bad call, but an asterisk should always be next to this moment. The match-up lived up to its billing. Cartilage in his left knee tore, and everything changed for both Webber and the Kings. 2002 Western Conference Finals On the court, the games between the two teams were definitely intense, culminating in the 2002 NBA Western Conference Finals, which featured Robert Horry's famous last-second three-pointer to beat the Kings in Game 4, a 1 point Kings win off of a Bibby field goal in the waning seconds of Game 5, a Let's look at the raw numbers. Kurt Thomas was able to contain Tim Duncan enough to keep him from destroying them. The Pistons led the championshipseries 3 games to 2, and Isiah Thomas was putting on a show in Game 6. The refs knew this and had their whistles ready because of it. The Lakers went on to win the series and beat the Nets for their third straight NBA title. Here's what I think really happens. the official stats partner of the NBA, NHL and MLB. The Bulls weren't losing in 1997. Bob Delaney left the NBA in 2011 and wrote a book in 2008 about his years as an undercover officer in the New Jersey state police investigating the mob. In the final quarter of their 106 to 102 victory, L.A. shot 27 free throws to Sacramento's nine. Meanwhile, the Kings cruised into the Western Conference semifinals to face a Dallas Mavericks squad it had dominated. Web2002 NBA Playoffs Standings Schedule and Results Leaders Player Stats Totals Per Game Per 36 Minutes Per 100 Possessions Advanced East Conf 1st Round Philadelphia 76ers Still an offensive foul on Kobe there could have changed the outcome! Robert Horry checked Steve Nash out of nowhere. But the Donaghy saga came back with a vengeance this week. Some of these foul calls were EXTREMELY questionable when looking back at the game tape. Even Jeff Van Gundy was stunned. But it seemed like the Kings They didnt come back because of all the shots they were knocking down though, and instead it was the 27 free throws that the officials gifted the Lakers in the 4th quarter that decided the game. ", We all think that probably referees should be under a separate entity than the NBA entirely, Jackson said, But I don't think that's going to happen. The Celtics had 28 more opportunities to score free points. From my college team at Kansas to the Kings. The league had dealt with something like this before, they had seen the effect it had and they went forward with the suspension. Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate, weighed in, urging Stern to conduct a review. Copyright 2000-2023 Sports Reference LLC. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. They were so afraid to play physical defense by the middle of the second quarter that the Heat basically got any shot they wanted. No sport is dictated more by the whims of a referee than basketball. In the fourth quarter alone, the Lakers shot 27 free throws to Sacramento's nine. Every Sports Reference Social Media Account, Site Last Updated: Wednesday, March 1, 8:19PM. Yeah, Walkers shot shouldnt have counted, Pollard said. Unfortunately for Maverick players, supporters and ultimately fans everywhere, that legacy was built for him. Ed Malloy, who is one of the refs that will work the NBA Finals this year, is notably at the top of the list for incorrect non-calls per game, averaging 2.5 INCs during the regular season. It was a fitting way for Michael Jordan to end his career. Waiting for them in the playoffs would have been a mediocre No. . Between Games 5 and 6, which would be played back in Los Angeles, both Jackson, a famous lobbyer of refs often fined by the commissioner for his post-game comments, and ONeal griped in the media about how Game 5 had been called in the paint. As bad as the refs were, the Blazers blew it. That isessentially givingthe Lakers an opportunity to score 27 extra points in the last quarter of a close game. Even without Amare Stoudemire and Boris Diaw Phoenix almost beat the Spurs in Game 5 anyway. 1988 NBA finals: The Detroit Pistons cheated out of a championship, 13. I recommend you read his entire, very sober explanation. Let's talk about LeBron for a minute. Or write about sports? This looked like a panic whistle. I guess our time has to come at another time, Adelman said. "Tim Donaghy has had honesty and credibility issues from the get-go," he said in a statement. Lakers vs Pacers Game 6 GOLDMAN: But Derek Fisher and his Laker teammates certainly benefited from the referee's calls. No, there's nowhere near enough evidence to support that claim. 15 Times The NBA Looked Fixed, 15. But still, I don't think there's any real chance that the NBA is actually rigged. Question, Comment, Feedback, or Correction? He will also be around a lot longer. WebFor more info on the BBALLBREAKDOWN Online Membership: http://bit.ly/BballMemberWhen the Kings and Lakers clashed in the 2002 Western But from the Kings missing 20-something free throws in Game 7 (shrugs). Or this. Watch the replay. It had become obvious that Pauls patience had run thin in New Orleans, and he was ready to join a team that was in a large market. Is it so crazy to think they could have beaten the Bulls at home in a potential Game 7? The SPORTS REFERENCE and STATHEAD trademarks are owned exclusively by Sports Reference LLC. Would he have called the foul on Fisher at 1:27 that helped bring the Kings back within a point with plenty of time left? New OrleansGets The No.1 Pick In 2012, 4. A former referee at the center of a gambling scandal has alleged that NBA referees rigged a 2002 playoff series to force it to seven games. The claim came after the 2002 Western Conference Finals matchup between the LA Lakers and the Sacramento Kings. You can look at one play over the course of a seven-game series and say, you know what, that might have been it. They had the two biggest stars of the seriesone that was there for his last rodeo, the other ready to build a legacy at his first. 25 free throws for the Kings over the course of the game two less than the Lakers shot in the last quarter alone. Kobe Bryant basically punched Mike Bibby in the face without a call. This is very interesting to me and I'd like to hear from any of you guys who watched the series. Many die-hard NBA fans swear by the theory that this series was The New Orleans Hornets had just lost a superstar in Chris Paul, and the league knew that it had interfered in that transaction and had to make it up to the Hornets in some way or fashion. And that's what happened in Game 7. He broke the record for most games worked by an NBA official in 2006. All logos are the trademark & property of their owners and not Sports Reference LLC. We still had the confidence. I don't think there was any foul play here. Bibby and ONeal both performed masterfully. It wasnt like the Kings stopped scoring points they shot 49% from the field for the game but not at the clip the Lakers were. The conspiracy theory here is that the NBA wanted Ewing to landin a big market. What is lost here is that Michael Jordan blatantly pushed off of Bryon Russell. Or write about sports? Stern vehemently denied the allegations when the book was released. Commissioner David Stern, speaking before Game 3 of the NBA finals at Staples Center on Tuesday, dismissed all of the allegations as "baseless.". A former referee at the center of a gambling scandal has alleged that NBA referees rigged a 2002 playoff series to force it to seven games. Yet a foul was called and Larry Johnson got to shoot a free throw in addition to the three-pointer he just made. Klay Thompson said he'd "never respect floppers." But that amazing "final" moment to Jordan's career wasn't real. Then, late in the third quarter of Game 2, things changed. Two of Portland's biggest stars (Scottie Pippen and Arvydas Sabonis) fouled out. The NBA needed a star, so they created one. Maybe that particular ref just has a loose definition of the word "tie," but I think there was some bias against Laimbeer involved here. Mutumbo Congratulates Sixers On 1st Pick In 2016, 1. We live in a world where conspiracy theories run rampant. In Game 5 of the 1997 Eastern Conference semifinals, Charlie Ward and P.J. They were the big-market team with the superstars. They'd never dealt with such a situation before, and even though they robbed fans of a Knicks-Bulls bloodbath in the Eastern Conference Finals, they probably didn't change the course of history too much. The Lakers shot 27 free throws in the fourth quarter of Game 6 and made 21 of them. Scottie Pippen, in Hue Hollins' eyes, fouled Davis but in everyone elses eyes contested the shot cleanly and the Knicks stole Game 5 and eventually won the series. However, the Kings secured the 3-2 series advantage in a nail-biting game-five win, 92-91. Lakers supernovas Kobe Bryant and Shaquille ONeal paced the visitors in both games, while Webber and Bibby did their best to match suit while getting more out of the role players surrounding them in an offense that emphasized motion, passing and cutting to the rim. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. The fact that the NBA let a technicality swing a championship is just flat-out wrong. Still, a convincing case could be made for the other side here. The two teams had swapped road wins, and the higher seed had a one-game edge and a chance to put the series nearly out of reach with a Game 4 win. A missed three at the end of the game by a still bleeding Bibby to give the Lakers the win. At this point, [we were] focused on going to get at least one win [in Los Angeles] to get back home-court advantage, Pollard said. Missing their star player, they lost to the Mavericks in seven games. But was there a motive behind it? In Game 5, he shot 25 free throws, the same amount as the entire Dallas team. Jeff Van Gundy, then the Rockets' coach, was fined $100,000 after saying that a referee had told him that Rockets center Yao Ming would be singled out for setting illegal screens. The Lakers crowd seemed nervous, and it felt like another buzzer beater was in order. Rumors of the dispute first surfaced during the fourth quarter. As much as I love Michael Jordan, this has to be remembered. Remember, if not for a miracle three-pointer by Robert Horry and the travesty known as Game 6, the Kings would have won this series five games to one (I know that's impossible, but hang with me here). 29K views 2 years ago. Though they returned to the playoffs in 2004, 2005 and 2006, what had seemed a dynasty-in-waiting never again made it back to the Western Conference Finals. Web2002 West Finals - LA Lakers vs Sacramento Kings Game 4 Highlights HD - Famous Buzzer. The season series went 2-2, with the Kings winning 105-99 in a marquee Christmas day matchup. This was especially obvious in the fourth quarter. Join our linker program. Anyone can read what you share. 1 Dallas, and then an underwhelming Cavs team in the finals. There is no contact whatsoever. He added, "He may be willing to say anything to help his cause and he may believe these most recent allegations will help his agenda." Because there's nothing wrong with being angry when someone attacks your friend or teammate. Excuses can be made for bad calls on single plays. That free throw turned a tie into a one-point Knicks lead and victory. The biggest star in the series (Kobe Bryant) shot seven. To reinvigorate the fans the NBA knew that Cleveland had to have success on NBA draft lottery night, and it all started when the Cavs heard they had gotten the fourth pick with their own selection. The LA Lakers were in the third seed coming into the playoffs. Theres no question in my mind that we were the better team. Pollard was a reserve power forward and center for the Kings, a bleach blonde energizer known as much for his candor as for his rebounding. Then 96-93. Sacramentos season ended just a few points short: Lakers 112-Kings 106. Ask any scorer, they'll tell you that when your shot isn't falling, you try to get to the line. This was Phoenix's year. And it depends on the refereeing crew. Kings 'robbed' in 2002 Western Conference finals, Tim Donaghy Here we have another case of the NBA favoring the big market team over the small market team. LeBron has to shoulder just as much of the blame, as his ridiculous acting caused this in the first place. The Shaquille ONeal and Kobe Bryant-led Lakers were the defending NBA champions, while the Kings, with star Chris Webber and a superb supporting cast, seemed poised for a breakthrough. Of course not. The clock kept ticking. The officials awarded Wade free throws instead of an offensive foul, and the Heat went on to win their fourth straight game to win the title. All of the pieces fit. The New York Knicks were on a miracle run through the playoffs as the eighth seed, and had made it all the way to theEastern Conference Finals to face off with the rival Indiana Pacers. Unique lists featuring pop culture, entertainment and crazy facts. Watch this. Think about that for a minute. In a second letter filed Tuesday, Lauro said that the league was asking for $1 million in restitution from Donaghy, presumably to cover the costs of its internal review. You know, one team will shoot 30 free throws one game, and the next game, the other team will shoot 30 free throws. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Or, my personal favorite, this. With 14 seconds left and the Pistons up by one, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was fouled by Bill Laimbeer on a play where Laimbeer did not appear to even touch Jabbar. This swung the 2007 title. The series, it seemed, deserved nothing less. Pistons win. NBA fans felt that it could be the year that Webber and the Kings won the championship. The referee crew assigned to Game 6 was Bavetta (whod overseen an ONeal-dominant game in Game 1), Bob Delaney and Ted Bernhardt. ONeal helped the Magic greatly improve just barely missing out on the playoffs in the 1992-93 NBA season. Because they were assigned to cover Kobe and Shaq. GOLDMAN: The Lakers went on to win the 2002 NBA title. Many believe that the Kings should've won the series. Game 3was the ultimate swing game, and after Game 3most people knew the Knicks were probably going to represent the east in the NBA finals. According to Donaghy, NBA executives directed referees "to manipulate games" in order to "boost ticket sales and television ratings," and he cited several examples. Pollard, who was careful not to pin the result on refereeing, said he remembered feeling that there was something amiss early on in the game and a feeling of helplessness. ONeal was controlling the paint, aided by the whistles Pollard fouled out in just 11 minutes of court time. The Lakers had a 37-16 free-throw advantage in that game. If you look at the shot, it was straight form. And yet--, Sacramento had the best team in the league, former NBA referee Tim Donaghy wrote in an email interview about the series. When one team shoots 28 more free throws than the other, you have to look into it. They were deeper. 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