The NBA is taking another blow to the ribs. After finally beating the stigma that their league is full of thugs and miscreants, they know have even deeper credibility issues. Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy is accusing the league of fixing games involving the Lakers and Kings in the 2002 playoffs. We all know that game was shady and the Lakers got the benefit of the doubt with 4th Quarter foul shots. But this guy has serious credability issues and is a convicted felon, so there’s gotta be a grain of salt taken with his words. (Donaghy also alluded to another playoff game involving Yao Ming in the Rockets/Mavericks 2005 first-round series)
However, the NBA has blown some games in the past and David Stern has his work cut out for him to get out of this PR nightmare. I’m not sure if the refs blew the game from a payoff or not, but either way, where there’s smoke there is fire.
How soon until the Federal Government gets involved, a la steroids and Spygate?
Ex-NBA referee Tim Donaghy told the feds two refs fixed the outcome of one playoff series – and that officials were told not to eject star players from games for fear of hurting ticket sales.
[The court document] describes the “inner workings” of the NBA in which top league executives used referees to manipulate games.
[…]Donaghy claims he was told that two refs who were “company men” acting in the interest of the NBA conspired to extend a playoff series in 2002 to a seventh game