Monty McCutchen Rumors
The Pacers had their Respect For The Game meeting with Monty McCutchen Friday before hosting the Atlanta Hawks to Bankers Life Fieldhouse. McCutchen was a longtime NBA official who transitioned into a new role with the league as the vice president and head of referee development and training one year ago. McCutchen — and sometimes officials for that night’s game — is traveling around to NBA cities to visit with every NBA team. Players, coaches, and even executives are included.
The Pacers coaching staff sat in on the meeting with the rest of the Pacers’ roster. “It was good,” said Pacers coach Nate McMillan. “They were listening to us and wanted to get our feedback on the officiating and the relationships and how they can do things better. We heard some of the things that we could do better. I thought it was a good meeting and it was an opportunity for the players, coaches, and officials to express what’s going on.”
“For me the foundation of that desire that we all use first names is that we honor each other by building good relationships,” Monty McCutchen told The Salt Lake Tribune. “You can’t do that if you’re using monikers or a large portion of formality. It helps us move toward authenticity, and we all deserve our respect of getting down to authentic work.”
He met with the Jazz on Wednesday in Indianapolis, with discussions focused on improving communication between two parties who naturally butt heads on the court. But he also has been taking questions from players and helping illuminated exactly all the work officials do to improve how they call the game.
Jazz coach Quin Snyder said he appreciated the opportunity for his players to learn a little more about the referees they chirp with. “I think sometimes people don’t understand the pressure that the referees are under,” Snyder said. “Those guys are scrutinized. They watch film. I don’t know if the average fan, or even some of the players, know how hard these guys work at their job. It’s important that gets communicated.”
Jerry Zgoda: The Wolves met after shootaround with three NBA reps, including former ref Monty McCutchen, to re-emphasize Respect for the Game rules & rules interpretations, part of an ongoing effort to improve player-ref relations. It was a conversation that engaged KAT, for one, I’m told