The game of basketball is all but “soft”. There are no feelings on the court. No censorship. No friends. No “Kumbayah” and cookies. That’s why it really grinds my gears that the NBA expects the players to not show any emotion on the floor.
If a player feels like the ref made a bad call, why is it a bad thing to let him know? Now, I’m fully aware that some players need to find a more respectful way of interacting with the refs (cursing them out is probably a bad idea) but saying something is wrong? I honestly don’t even see a problem with them throwing their hands up.
The players/coaches have to perform night in and night out with all eyes on them and then
some refs can make terrible calls and then have the GALL to turn around and T them up for “mouthing off”?
I know Byron. I know.
It’s an emotional sport. If a player isn’t playing very well or losing to a team they should be beating and then you turn around and make a horrible call, why shouldn’t you expect to get chastised? The refs are a part of the game and subject to the same scrutiny that everyone else on the floor is. If you don’t want players to come at your neck, just know the game, make good calls and if you do miss a call, just admit it!
Kobe crossed the line with that “F*$k you” after his first T, but can you really blame him? That call was BEYOND questionable because not only was Bogut not set (he was still moving), but he looked like he backed in to the restricted area.
I don’t want players to stop showing their emotions during the game. It’s those same emotions that show aspiring ball players the passion that’s needed to be able to play at the highest level. I’m not saying that all refs are terrible- I know that’s not the case. Although some are in it for the wrong reasons….
…some are really good.
If Kobe shoots an airball, he deserves for the fans to taunt him. He deserves to be up all night shooting from the spot he missed. If a ref makes a bad call, he deserves to be TOLD that his call was wrong. Put him up on SportsCenter and call him out too. Why not?