Joey Crawford Rumors
Ironically, Courtney Lee’s costly T came on a night he set a franchise record for consecutive made free throws, breaking Chris Duhon’s record of 44. He got the record and possibly an NBA fine for a rant that included his belief that officiating nowadays has turned for the worse. Lee claimed referees are more sensitive, noting the amount of technical fouls he’s gotten already compared to the four he had for his career coming into the season. “If you’re going to get a technical when both are talking to each other and not talking to you, it’s a double tech in that situation,’’ Lee said. “If both of us are talking, it has nothing to do with you. No violent talk. No cuss words were even said. I don’t know what’s going on. It’s different now. I really appreciate [retired] guys like Joey Crawford, Monty McCutcheon, Dick Bavetta. You appreciate those guys. I’m at a loss for words.’’
20 Jun 16
The Curry incident is different than the one-game suspension Miami forward Udonis Haslem served during the 2006 playoffs and the one-game suspension Indiana’s Reggie Miller served in 2001 for throwing his gum at referee Eddie Rush. Haslem, in a first-round game against Chicago, threw his mouthpiece in frustration toward referee Joey Crawford. Had Curry hit Phillips with the mouthpiece, the league office would likely have had no choice but to suspend Curry.
The Tim Duncan incident in 2007, in which Crawford ejected Duncan and challenged him to a fight in a playoff game, was a turning point in Crawford’s career. Then-NBA Commissioner David Stern suspended Crawford, and Crawford increased his number of visits to a sports psychologist. It saved his career. “He was a real pro, that guy,” Crawford said. “He gave me exercises to use. When I felt it kick in – lose my temper or while I was losing it – he gave me certain exercises that helped. My problem was that I’m overly passionate.”
And now he wants to keep working with referees. “I just don’t want to walk away from this. I want to be involved. I think I have something to offer,” Crawford said. “The word I used before is viable. You’re being involved, and you’re trying to help those three people get through the game.”
Calling it quits hasn’t been easy. He watches games, helps out in the NBA’s replay center and hopes to find a job with the referee operations department staff. “I get a little emotional about it,” Crawford said. “When I was 18, I started doing grade school stuff and all of a sudden it stops, and you’re like, ‘What do I do now?’ It’s not as easy as I thought. “I thought it was going to be a little easier. You’re constantly talking to yourself, ‘Turn the page. It’s somebody else’s turn.’ In reality, you’re fighting it every day. You want to be out there. You want to do it, and you know you can’t.”