It’s one thing for the public to suggest that the NBA favors a certain team winning in the playoffs. But it’s another for a journalist that works for a partner of the NBA to suggest that the NBA favors a certain team winning in the playoffs.
Well, that’s what Stephen A. Smith basically did last night in response to the multiple technical fouls that were handed out to the Celtics.
Smith gave his concerns over the technical fouls that most believe were undeserved which culminated with this statement:
“I’ve known a guy like Danny Crawford for years, who I believe was the one who issued that technical foul to Ray Allen. This guy is one of the elite referees in the game,” Smith said. “For the life of me, I can’t understand it. That makes no sense to me. Danny Crawford is a guy that’s been in this game for far too long. Don’t take me that this guy would just arbitrarily decide, ‘I’m going to give Ray Allen a tech for saying no and turning away.’ That’s got to be something that’s coming from the league. It makes no sense to me.”
Here are Smith’s full comments:
Someone in Bristol may be getting a call from the NBA office sometime today.