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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Inside The Mind Of A Shitty NBA Referee    

Henry Abbott interviews NBA punching bag Bennett Salvatore.

Interesting stuff.  And definitely a huge plus both in terms of providing transparency to the fans and in terms of showing the human side of a referee.  But as much as I'm sure Salvatore was as open and polite as Henry states, it still reads like a straight defense, a rationalization.  When he says "every play is a new play, and your focus has to be on the next play," I believe that he believes that, but I don't believe it to be true in practice.

The bottom line, though, is that the league allowed Henry to ask the guy real questions with real answers, and in doing so gave the public some much-needed transparency.  I'm glad to hear bad calls bother these guys, and very glad to hear a guy in his position approving of replay for that very reason.  Not that it makes it any better that the league (the entire sport, really) is officiated so arbitrarily, but it's a nice step forward.

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