DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) — In a controversial move, veteran NBA official Joey Crawford has been selected by the NBA to officiate Tuesday’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
The selection has drawn criticism by many due to Crawford’s history with Spurs forward Tim Duncan.
In 2007, Crawford ejected Duncan in a game against the Dallas Mavericks for laughing on the bench. Duncan claimed that Crawford held a “personal vendetta” against him and that Crawford even asked him if he wanted to fight before the ejection.
After a series of on-court incidents, Crawford was suspended indefinitely for what the NBA cited as “improper conduct and a lack of professionalism”.
Tim Donaghy, a former a former NBA referee who pled guilty to betting on games he officiated, joined New School on 105.3 The Fan to discuss the NBA’s decision.
“There’s other referees that they could put on this game besides him,” said Donaghy. “Why they do stuff like this is just another strange and unusual thing you can throw into the bucket of the NBA.”
Donaghy went on to call NBA Commissioner David Stern “arrogant” for making such a decision, noting that the NBA would love to see a Game 7.
Crawford also worked Game 2 of the finals, a 103-84 Heat win. Duncan had his worst game of the season, scoring 9 points on 3-13 shooting.
“Do I think this is a little bit of a ploy by the league office? Absolutely I do,” said Donaghy. “I think that they’re not going come down on [Crawford] too heavily if he misses a couple of calls that go against San Antonio.”
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