A study reported in the Wall Street Journal (of all places) found that the Boston Celtics whine about 48% of the fouls called against them.
However Los Angeles hardly live up to their name (“the angels” in Spanish) either. The Lakers complained after 36% of the fouls called on them.
The David Biderman’s very interesting article says they looked at every foul in the series that wasn’t intentional, tracked the observable reactions and found:
|LAKERS 36% Team complaint rate||CELTICS 48% team complaint rate|
|Kobe Bryant – 50%||Ray Allen – 73%|
|Pau Gasol – 50%||Kendrick Perkins – 68%|
|Derek Fisher – 38%||Rasheed Wallace – 65%|
|Lamar Odom – 27%||Rajon Rondo – 50%|
|Ron Artest – 23%||Paul Pierce – 36%|
|Andrew Bynum – 15%||Kevin Garnett – 32%|
The article also stated, “At least Mr. Bryant’s carping was usually sedate, consisting mainly of dirty looks and puzzled stares toward referees.”
For me, the surprise was Andrew Bynum. He seemed to me to cry more than that, but apparently he’s not been whining in the Finals.
Certainly there are plenty of bad and missed calls, but seriously guys, the refs have NOT been wrong half the time.
Man up, you cry babies! You’re going to give basketball as bad a name as soccer with all your whining.
As I’ve written before…
When a player complains about officiating, what he is saying is that he is a victim of an injustice. A victim mentality is poison to winning. Victims, by definition, are acted upon, and not proactive. They are not the masters of their fate.
Mental toughness, on the other hand, is a determination to find a way, regardless the circumstances, regardless what goes wrong, regardless the obstacles.
Players have a choice: to have the mental toughness of a winner, or the victim mentality of a whiner.
Complaining is counterproductive to winning.
If on a given night the officiating turns out to be an obstacle, it is unlikely that surrendering your mental toughness for the luxury of complaining will to turn your fortune.
Don’t play the victim, play the game.
As for the other side of this…
NBA commissioner, David Stern isn’t coming to grips with fact that we now live in an age of hi-def 65+ inch television screens. Even though the refs are physically closer to the play, the myriad of camera angles, benefit of slow motion, and crispness of picture assure the television audience that they’ve acutally had a better look than all 3 officials.
Unless Stern allows tech-assisted officiating to play a bigger role, fans are going to grow increasingly disenchanted with the NBA.
I think each coach should get two replay challenges per half, and that any play the officials want to see again with 2 minutes or less in a game should be reviewable by them.