Joey Crawford

Joey Crawford [2003]
The NBA suspended Joey Crawford yesterday. Finally. This guy has been an idiot his whole time in the NBA. He’s a cranky, temperamental, 56 yr old average ref. Over the years my love for the NBA has gone down. Sure, it’s partly because there are no stand-out players like MJ anymore, but it’s also because I’ve seen too many games decided by poor officiating. The NBA has done a great job of balancing the league’s players. It’s nearly impossible for a team to keep two MVP caliber players, which means the talent is more evenly spread — this is a good thing for competition. The problem they seem to have overlooked is the officiating. With each crazy ref they put in the spotlight (Joey Crawford has been the lead ref on many NBA Finals), my interest declines.

While I haven’t given complete trust to commissioner David Stern, I do applaud him for dealing quickly and appropriately with Joey Crawford’s clear meltdown. Let’s hope the officials see this as a positive and help provide some fair competition over the last two months of the season.

Oh, for the record, The Dallas Mavericks should win the championship, if all goes well for them and the league.

Tue Apr 17, 4:55 PM ET

NEW YORK (AFP) – Joey Crawford, a referee for
31 seasons, was suspended for the remainder of the National
Basketball Association season and playoffs here Tuesday by league
commissioner David Stern.

The punishment stemmed from an incident Sunday
between Crawford and San Antonio’s Tim Duncan with 1:04 to play in
the third quarter of the Spurs’ 91-86 loss to Dallas.

Crawford ejected Duncan from the game, imposing
two technical fouls in 76 seconds, and after announcing Crawford’s
suspension, Stern said he was imposing a 25,000-dollar fine on
Duncan.

Crawford has officiated 266 NBA playoff games
and 38 NBA Finals games, in each case the most among active
officials. He also is one five referees to have worked in at least
2,000 NBA regular-season games.

Crawford, from a family that has had several
officials employed in the NBA and Major League Baseball, will be out
indefinitely – but at least through the NBA Finals – for acting in
an unprofessional manner to Duncan, Stern said.

“Joey Crawford’s handling of this situation
failed to meet the standards of professionalism and game management
we expect of NBA referees,” Stern said.

“Especially in light of similar prior acts by
this official, a significant suspension is warranted.

“Although Joey is consistently rated as one of
our top referees, he must be held accountable for his actions on the
floor, and we will have further discussions with him following the
season to be sure he understands his responsibilities.”

Duncan was laughing while seated on the Spurs
bench when whistled for the second technical foul that saw him
ejected. He wore a stunned expression as he was escorted to the
locker room.

“Joey has a personal problem with me and I
can’t do anything about that,” Duncan said after the game.

“I said three words to him the entire night and
the other words where when he gave me technicals, so obviously he’s
got a personal problem with me.

“He looked at me and said, ‘Do you want to
fight? Do you want to fight?’ I didn’t say anything to him anyway.
If he wants to fight, we can fight. I don’t have any problem with
him, but we can do it if he wants.

“I have no reason why in the middle of a game
he would yell at me, ‘Do you want to fight?'”