Joey Crawford Rumors

Joey Crawford, one of the NBA’s senior referees, pulled up lame in the first half near the Clippers’ bench and had to leave the game. LA coach Doc Rivers said afterward that it looked like Crawford suffered a knee injury. “I was worried,” Rivers said. “He grabbed me and I helped him to the bench. I was very concerned, but it looks like a meniscus (injury), from what I hear. You don’t want to lose Joey. I can tell you that.”
NBA referee Joey Crawford angered Thunder fans when he stopped a Kevin Durant free throw in overtime of Game 5 of the Thunder-Grizzlies first-round series on Tuesday night. Crawford did it to fix a problem with the scoreboard. Durant eventually took the free throw and missed. The Thunder lost by one point. Royce Young: Scott Brooks on Joey Crawford taking the ball away: “It was an awkward situation. I’ll say that.”
Trevor Ariza was fuming after getting called for his second offensive foul in the third quarter of the Wizards’ 101-88 loss to the Toronto Raptors. Ariza got up to complain to referee Kevin Scott, collected a technical foul, then shouted another expletive as he walked by referee Joey Crawford and picked up another. As he made a beeline to the locker room after getting ejected for just the third time in his career, Ariza was even more upset because he didn’t get all that he really wanted to say off his chest. “If I was going to get ejected, I should’ve gotten my money’s worth,” Ariza said with a smile.
Veteran NBA referee Joey Crawford will be the lead official for Friday night’s Game 3 between the Heat and Bulls. Known for his no-nonsense style, Crawford arrives in Chicago two days after Game 2 of the series featured nine technical fouls. In his last game, Crawford issued seven technical fouls in Game 6 of the first-round series between the Clippers and Grizzlies. Chris Paul and Zach Randolph were ejected from the game. Udonis Haslem’s reaction to learning Crawford was calling Friday’s game was telling. “Oh, really,” Haslem said. “Wow.”
Duncan said the meeting was routine, without a hint of animus from Crawford. Not a word was said about the photo that went viral after it first surfaced on, which proclaims itself a site “without access, favor or discretion.” “I will never reference it with him,” Duncan said. “It’s not a situation that I ever expected would get out or never expected anybody to make a big deal out of, so I’m not going to.”
Head coach Gregg Popovich said he hadn’t seen the photo when asked about it on Monday. Teammate Manu Ginobili, who attended the same party as Zorro, said the photo was “very innocent.” “If somebody dressed like Pop was there,” he said, “I probably would have done the same thing with my little sword. I think it was a joke. ”
Tim Duncan padded over to address the media in bare feet Thursday at the Spurs practice facility, the picture of island reserve. As someone who prizes comfort and privacy, it shouldn’t come as much surprise that Duncan views the leaking of a Halloween picture showing him and teammate Tony Parker holding toy guns to the head of a man dressed as NBA official Joey Crawford with a sort of resigned exasperation. “It’s this day and age,” Duncan said. “It was a Halloween party in a private atmosphere. We were having fun. There was nothing to it. But this day and age, people want to blow things into something more than it is. Hopefully it’s gone and whatever is whatever.”
Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, who attended the Halloween party in question dressed as Zorro, said he hoped the photo would be taken for what it was — a portrayal of a light-hearted moment in the middle of a private event. “It was Halloween,” Ginobili said. “If somebody dressed like Pop was there, I probably would have done the same thing with my little sword. I think it was a joke. It was very innocent.”
Through spokesmen, the league and the Spurs declined to comment on the photo Monday, which first surfaced via the popular website over the weekend and has gone viral. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was genuinely perplexed when asked about the snapshot after practice Monday afternoon, saying he was not aware of it. Duncan and Parker did not address the media. It is unclear whether the picture might draw further disciplinary action from NBA commissioner David Stern, who last week fined the Spurs $250,000 for Popovich’s decision to send four key players — including Duncan and Parker — home early from a six-game road trip to rest.
In the photo, the San Antonio Spurts teammates are pointing fake guns at the back of the head of a man dressed in a makeshift Crawford referee uniform. A noose hangs above the fake Crawford. Duncan, dressed like the comic book hero The Punisher, presses his fake gun against Crawford’s head while Parker, in a leather jacket and an eyepatch, points his fake gun and mugs for the camera.
Ginobili said he did not know who the man dressed as Crawford was, describing him as a random attendee at the party. “He was somebody without hair, he decided to dress like a ref,” he said. “He was part of the party. It was a big party, a lot of people. It just happened.” Ginobili said he does not think the action deserves action from the league office. “Why would I?” he said. “I’m not concerned. I don’t think it’s something to take so serious. But who knows what’s going to happen?”
Manu Ginobili, who was at the party where the photo was apparently taken, said the photo should not be taken out of context. “I don’t know exactly what people are saying about it,” said Ginobili, who went dressed as Zorro. “What I know is, it was Halloween. If somebody dressed like Pop was there, I probably would have done the same with my little sword. I think it was a joke. It was very innocent. They were just probably kidding. I didn’t see it at the time, but nothing to be serious about.”
I’m getting a lot of e-mails and feedback on Twitter over a photo of Tim Duncan and Tony Parker from Halloween obviously just having fun, but with toy guns pointed at someone dressed up as NBA referee Joey Crawford. There is also a noose hanging in the background. Crawford is the league’s more controversial referee, and once ejected Duncan from a game while he was on the bench. The league suspended Crawford for the incident.
Joey Crawford: Charles Barkley might have been my favorite player to be with on the court. He was one of them at least. Charles used to get a lot of technical fouls, but the thing about Charles was that he didn’t take things personally. The next game was the next game. I always appreciated that about him. Moses Malone was one of the funniest. We were in Denver, I think he was playing with Philly at the time, and that day, a reporter had done a top-10 referee list and my name was in there. So my first call of the night is like a loose-ball foul on Moses, and Moses just turns and says, “That is not a top-10 call.” I had to laugh.
Joey Crawford: In my third year, I’m still a kid. I’m only 28 years old. But when we were in L.A., we always put our warm-up jacket on the table right by where Jack Nicholson sat. I was a big Jack Nicholson fan — “Easy Rider,” you know, all that. I loved his stuff. I would see him there and I would catch his eye, but I never said anything. But in my third year in the league, I put my jacket there and I see him and I catch his eye and I say, “How you doing, Jack?” and he actually says, “How you doing, Joe?” and I was exploding. I went and called my wife. I’m not kidding, I ran to a pay phone. And when she picked up, I screamed, “Jack Nicholson knows me!”