Josh Lewenberg: Both Wall and Beal were critical of the Game 1 officiating this morning. Nothing says playoff time quite like publicly campaigning for calls – a springtime tradition like no other. “When I got to the basket at times I feel like I got fouled”- Wall.
Nick Friedell: Giannis on 6th “I don’t think that was a foul. I grabbed the ball but the ref said that I grabbed his hand. I just got to live with that call and just move forward because that’s what players do. Hopefully next time I can knock down the free throw and not get into that situation”
Ryan Ward: Kobe Bryant on tension between players & refs: “I’d allow for more physicality in the game. I’d allow for hand checking, things like that. I feel like European basketball is more physical than the NBA is right now. I think the NBA needs to be more physical.” #Lakers
Tension among players, coaches and referees is never higher than during the playoffs. And now, those relationships are under increased stress as this season has seen an erosion in decorum — not just on the court, but also behind the scenes on the executive level. It has caused parties to take some radical steps in an attempt to diffuse the situation as the postseason arrives.