The NBA announced today that Mike Woodson was fined $25,000 for criticizing officials after the New York Knicks’ loss to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. Woodson’s comments came on a radio interview he did the next day.
Perhaps this is giving more credit than deserved to Woodson (who may have just been pissed off), but this could have been a strategic move. Fans have griped all year that the Knicks haven’t gotten the whistles they should, and the players, like Carmelo Anthony, have done the same thing. After losing to the Houston Rockets last Thursday, Anthony told reporters that he doesn’t get the same type of calls that James Harden gets. Woodson may have just been angry about the lack of calls, or he might have been intentionally drawing attention it.
Despite complaining about the officiating, Woodson also gave the referees credit. He said that the refs made the right call on Iman Shumpert’s late foul on Paul George’s three-point attempt. It a foul, but given the circumstances, it was call that could have easily been overlooked. Here’s a look at the controversial call:
As of late, the Knicks have had a serious gripe with the refs in a chain of calls they disagreed with. In the Houston game, the Knicks and the entire MSG arena thought that James Harden’s foul on Carmelo Anthony’s three-pointer should have been a continuation, a four-point play. Against the Detroit Pistons, Anthony got fouled driving to the basket, never dribbled again, picked up the ball, and laid it in in one smooth motion. It should have been a continuation, according to the rules, but the refs said the foul came before the shot.
Currently, the Knicks rank 29th in free throw attempts per game and 28th in personal fouls drawn. Woodson could be trying to draw attention to some questionable officiating, but by doing so, his wallet will be a bit lighter.
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