NBA referees Tim Donaghy and Joey Crawford in action

The Western Conference Finals in the 2002 NBA Playoffs featured an intense series between Los Angeles Lakers and the Sacramento Kings. Game 6 is known as one of the worst officiated NBA games ever and the serien was extended to a seventh game. This clip is from game 7 as Kings forward Vlade Divac tries to draw a charge on LA Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal. It is morely a flop and NBA referee Danny Crawford explains to Vlade Divac that because Shaq did not go through him, he will not call a charge. This is often seen as NBA referees has been told not to call a charge on these plays. Vlade ends up saying that he doesn’t understand the no-call. Crawford replies that he didn’t expect him to understand.

Another great local rivalry is the matchup between the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks. Game 1 in the series featured 98 free throw attempts and a total of 72 personal fouls. In game 2 of the Western Conference Finals in the 2003 NBA Playoffs the NBA referees called a lot of fouls as well, as this clip shows NBA referee Joey Crawford call two technicals on Dallas Mavericks head coach Don Nelson forcing him to leave the game. Crawford ejected Don Nelson when the Dallas coach decided to engage Joey Crawford in a staredown during a timeout.

Don (Nelson) walked up to half court. I never told him to sit down because that’s not my job to tell him to sit down. I told him to go coach his team, and he said ‘No, I’m not going to.’ So I hit him with one,” Crawford told a pool reporter. “I said ‘Go coach your team.’ He said ‘I’m staying right here.’ So, bang, I threw him”.

Mavs sssistant coach Del Harris was ejected by Crawford as well. This happened late in the second quarter after he walked onto the court.
In total, Joey Crawford called four technical fouls in the first ten minutes of the game.

Going back to Danny Crawford, he always has a reasonable explanation even when Derek Fisher approaches him about such little contact that will never be called.

In a game between Dallas and Sacramento, NBA referee Dick Bavetta gets his officiating crew together during a timeout. One of the other referees is the later convicted NBA referee Tim Donaghy. He doesn’t really say anything. Tim Donaghy later wrote the book “Personal Foul” and did an interview about the NBA scandal on 60 minutes.