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Draymond Green on beefs with referees: “It’s horrible…it’s ruining the game”

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Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles, Draymond Green picked up his 11th technical foul of the season, this one for arguing a call with an official more than the referee would tolerate. Five more technicals this season and Green will be suspended for a game (and we’re not even to the halfway point of the season yet).

After the game, a frustrated Green vented about the officiating to Anthony Slater of The Athletic (hat tip NBC Sports Bay Area), saying things seem to have gotten personal with referees toward him, and that the issues between players and officials are ruining the game.

“It’s bad… It’s horrible. It’s really bad. I don’t know why it is. But I think it’s ridiculous.

“It’s ruining the game. It should be one of, if not the main priority, to be solved. It definitely should.”

What exactly would solve it?

“They can get a new crop (of referees), a whole new crop,” Green said. “Too many personal things going on. Too much me against you. It just don’t work that way.”

Obviously, a fine is coming for Green from the league office.

Green plays the game with his emotions on his sleeve — that’s part of what makes him the player he is. But the other edge of that sword is he complains about a lot of calls, loudly, and eventually that wears on referees. They are human, too.

Tension seem higher than they have been in decades between NBA players and referees — LeBron James got ejected for the first time ever this season. Kevin Durant has been ejected. Shaun Livingston was suspended a game and referee Courtney Kirkland a week after their encounter. Representatives of the NBA players union and the referee’s union are expected to sit down soon and discuss what is causing the rising tensions and what can be done about them. (Getting a whole new crop of officials is a HORRIBLE idea, and if you don’t think so think back to the last referee’s strike and the scabs that filled in and were ill prepared. Or just watch an international or college game. NBA referees are far from perfect, but they are the best in the world at their job.)

NBA players are frustrated that when they want to talk to an official about a call, they get shown a “stop sign” hand or don’t feel listened to. (This is one reason the NBA hired Monty McCutchen as an executive, to have one of the best communicating refs teach others how to do it.) Green and the players have a point, they should be able to make a case to an official on what they see as a blown call.

But from the perspective of the referee, NBA players throw up their arms and whine about the majority calls every night. Most of the time the players, and coaches are working the officials trying to get an edge on future calls. However, if you’re an official how much of that can you hear a game and keep tuning it out? These are human beings who make mistakes, but if all you do is criticize every call against you at what point do the referees take your arguments seriously?

There needs to be better communication between players and referees, but it’s a two-way street.

 

 

“Ray Allen from long distance” with chip shot to save par at American Century Classic

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“Ray Allen from long distance, how many times have we said that?”

Ray Allen had a good weekend at the American Century Championships, the former NBA sharpshooter and future Hall of Famer finished third in the celebrity golf event. One of the reasons he was there, this chip shot on 13 Sunday.

Former Cowboy’s quarterback Tony Romo won the event, with former MLB pitcher Mark Mulder was second.

LeBron James sits courtside for Lakers’ Summer League win

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There are two, maybe three guys playing for the Lakers in Summer League likely to be sharing a locker room with LeBron James next season — Isaac Bonga and Josh Hart, with maybe Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and/or Alex Caruso. Only Hart could see the court much.

LeBron was still courtside on Sunday for a quarterfinal game at Summer League, showing his support and being a good teammate. He gave Hart a hug on the court. Brandon Ingram stopped by and talked with LeBron for a bit.

LeBron watched the Lakers continue their strong run through the Summer League, racking up a 101-78 win. LeBron was into it, when Mykhailiuk took a shot midway through the first quarter LeBron yelled, ‘cash only!”  The shot was nothing but net.

The Lakers are on to the Summer League semifinals. Los Angeles won the Vegas Summer League last year.

 

After losing to his father in golf, Stephen Curry leaps into Lake Tahoe

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Golf fanatic Stephen Curry was clearly enjoying himself on the links at the American Century Championship celebrity golf event in Lake Tahoe this past weekend.

But he couldn’t beat his father, Dell.

The price? Curry (and his caddy) had to jump in the lake. Check out the video above.

For the record, Tony Romo won the event.

 

Spurs’ pick Chimezie Metu to miss time with fractured wrist

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Chimezie Metu showed some promise in the Summer League games he played for San Antonio, scoring 12.5 points a game on 55 percent shooting in Las Vegas, and 10.7 per game on 54 percent shooting in Salt Lake City. The second round pick of the Spurs (No. 49 overall) is raw and needs a lot of development, but he can get buckets. The potential is there.

That development is going to be on hold a while, as what was thought to be a sprained wrist has turned out to be a fracture.

From Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News.

After an examination Saturday, the Spurs medical staff downgraded second-round pick Chimezie Metu’s left wrist injury from a sprain to a fracture, a league source said Saturday.

Metu was injured late in the Spurs’ 95-90 win over Washington on July 8 at the Las Vegas Summer League, when he landed awkwardly after leaping to catch a lob pass at the rim. The 6-foot-10 big man finished the game but was sidelined for the remainder of the schedule.

After undergoing X-rays at the Thomas & Mack Center, Metu was diagnosed with a sprain. But Spurs’ team doctors suspected a possible fracture, which was confirmed after Metu returned to San Antonio on Saturday.

Metu should be good to go by training camp. Metu is hoping his summer and training camp play will earn him a roster spot, although the Spurs tend not to sign second-round picks the year they were drafted (they tend to let them spend a year or two in the G-League or in Europe). A lot of his chances on making the roster depend on any other moves the Spurs make this summer and what their roster looks like come the fall.