The officiating from Game 6, won 106-102 by the Lakers in Los Angeles, still inspires eye rolls, profanity and conspiracy theories. The Lakers only made five field goals in the fourth quarter but made 21 of 27 free throws. The Kings shot nine free throws in the fourth, 25 for the game. The disparity was so bad that fans were ready for Vince McMahon to come out and explain how he’d screwed the Kings. Game 7 was at home in Sacramento. But the Kings missed 14 of 30 free throws and lost in overtime. The Lakers went on to beat the Nets for their third consecutive title. “It really hurt because you’ve really got to look at it like this,” Webber said. “I’d come to win a championship, we get as close as we can get, still should have won Game 1, got hosed Game 6, still should have won Game 7. But we didn’t do enough to do it. Didn’t hit free throws, didn’t hit shots.”
Tim Reynolds: The @OfficialNBARefs say of the vaccination agreement with the NBA: “This agreement was a win-win. It will support the NBA’s objective of creating a safer on-court environment and continuity of play while protecting the health and well-being of the referees.” The @OfficialNBARefs also described the move as “a clear example of when labor and management work together for the common good of their collective business.”
The NBA informed teams Friday that all personnel under team control who work within 15 feet of players or referees during games will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the upcoming season, according to a memo obtained by ESPN. The directive specifically includes coaches, front-office members and trainers but stops short of requiring all players to be vaccinated.