Tim Donaghy Rumors

Disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy said he believes the Dallas Mavericks were screwed out of an NBA championship during their 2006 matchup with the Miami Heat. “Basically, Dallas was up in the series,” Donaghy said on the Forgotten Maverick Podcast. “With that being said, the way it was back then, was that the NBA would come in in order to extend a series, to go over plays that they felt should have went in Miami’s favor that didn’t and that went in Dallas’s favor that shouldn’t have and they started to program and training the referees to look for certain things.”
In the 2006 Finals, Donaghy cited Ed Rush’s dislike of Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. “Let’s not forget at that time, Ed Rush was the supervisor of officials,” Donaghy said. “And he hated Mark Cuban’s guts. He absolutely hated Mark Cuban. “He’s programming and training these referees to look for certain things that definitely put Miami at an advantage. Ed Rush used to tell us that Mark Cuban was someone that created a lot of extra work for us, constantly calling the league office and that really just got everyone to start to dislike Cuban.”
In the book you also sympathetically bring up Tim Donaghy, the former ref who admitted to betting on NBA games. Have you ever caught a whiff of gambling-related activities on the part of players, coaches, or refs? George Karl: Not with coaches. The idea that a coach could be thinking “I gotta make sure we win by three so we cover the spread” — there’s no way a coach could engineer that. I don’t think a player could do it either. That only leaves one other person. The refs? George Karl: There’s a lot of truth to what Donaghy said. The NBA swept his book under the rug pretty damn well.
Former NBA official Tim Donaghy joined me on the radio show to talk about officiating, star treatment and how the Warriors are officiated. Oh, also, his thoughts on punching out Joey Crawford during a spat in a New Jersey hotel lobby in 2001. “He smacked me across the face,” Donaghy said. “When he did that I immediately turned around and punched him with a left hook… I did drop him, but to his credit and I will give him credit, his head was like hitting a rock. He jumped right back up and we were ready to go right there in the lobby. There was a wedding going on. People were screaming. People grabbed him and people grabbed me. I got knocked out of the second-round of the playoffs for that. Cost me $15,000… there was a lot of people who thought Crawford got away with a lot and wanted to smack some manners on him.”
On how the Warriors are officiated: “The crew knows that Golden State is kind of the golden child right now. They have the stars. They have the worldwide attention, global attention at this point, being the former champions. It definitely weighs on the referees.” On the NBA releasing a public evaluation of the last two minutes of games: “The (officials) can’t stand it. Because basically, it’s an embarrassment. It’s calling them out. It’s saying to the public that they made a mistake. It’s an embarrassment. They don’t like it at all.”