Allen Iverson argues with the referees and so do the Kings
- October 20, 2018
A lot of people remember Robert Horry’s buzzer beating shot in game 4 of the Western Conference Finals in the 2002 NBA Playoffs. The Los Angeles Lakers were trailing by as much as 24 points in the first half and the Sacramento Kings were looking to get a commanding 3-1 lead heading back to game 5 in Sacramento. The Kings did not play a great second half and all game long they were frustrated with the officials. In the first clip of this video NBA referee Danny Crawford calls a bump on Lawrence Thunderburke that sends Robert Horry out of bounce into the Kings bench. Coach Rick Adelman felt it was a flop however Danny Crawford does not agree as he explains that call to the Sacramento Kings coach and guard Bobby Jackson. This was just one of many calls in the game frustrating the Kings. The Lakers ended up winning 100-99 on a memorable shot and game 5 in Sacramento had a great finish as well.
On November 26, 2003, the Detroit Pistons would face the 76ers in Philadelphia in a close game. This is where the second clip was taken from. An important quote from convicted NBA referee Tim Donaghy’s book “Personal Foul”:
“Allen Iverson provides a good example of a player who generated strong reaction, both positive and negative, within the corps of NBA referees. For instance, veteran referee Steve Javie hated Allen Iverson and was loathe [sic] to give him a favorable call.”
Steve Javie was refereeing this game and the clip clearly shows Allen Iverson’s frustrations with Javie. Despite Iverson’s battle with the referees the Sixers ended up winning the game 90-86.
A funny clip is the “Whack, get out” clip with NBA referee Ron Garretson who tossed Rasheed Wallace in game 1 of the Western Conference in the 2000 NBA Playoffs. Find more about this game in this video.
Another NBA referee that the 76ers had some battles with is Bennett Salvatore. The last clip shows Salvatore trying to straighten things out with Allen Iverson and head coach Larry Brown but Brown does not want to listen to Salvatore and winds up getting a technical foul.