An official separates Portland Trail Blazers forward Ed Davis, left, and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) and guard Terrance Ferguson (23) following a skirmish in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 25, 2018. (Photo: AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
NBA players and NBA referees struggle to find a common ground. With the stakes high and emotions flaring even higher things are bound to get heated.
NBA players are getting out of hand and referees are firing back.
Some of the league’s top players are always seen challenging the officials calls.
One college basketball player felt as though, “Lebron James cries about everything” in reference to calls not going his way. He believes, “college players don’t act out because they will get a tec (technical foul), the NBA players don’t care because they will get paid regardless of being on the bench or not.”
It was said that NAIA players should not follow in the shoes of NBA players because the way they go about challenging a call is disrespectful.
Players are supposed to go up to the ref and talk it out in the right manner, not yelling at them. This player foresees the refs giving out more tecs and not dealing with the players attitudes.
“Refs do get stuff wrong but guys over react and it causes a strain… Star players feel they can do no wrong and even when they are right they take it too far which causes that effect. If you do something for a reaction [then] that will happen,” says CCSJ’s men’s assistant coach Chris Artis, who agrees that the players and the refs are tired and that it trickles down even to the kids.
A CCSJ male student, who asked not to be identified, says, “I think it’s more the players than the referees but that’s not to take away from the bad officiating because that enhances the attitudes that come about.”
He says that players have been more prone to violence on the court.
“Players need to get their attitudes in check,” he says. “This is for entertainment but kids look up to these professional athletes and acting out promotes the wrong things to the youth.”
Personally watching the NBA has turned into a nightmare. The players have all turned into entertainers, although they technically are.
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