Monday, March 2nd, 2009 at 11:00 am  |  21 responses

The Hawks’ Official Scorer is Hilariously Inept

It’s gotten so bad that rivals are now filing formal complains to the League office: “With 5:06 left in the third and the Hawks in the middle of their big run, Ilgauskas committed a foul that somehow was recorded as a foul on Delonte West. Because Ilgauskas wears No. 11 and West No. 13, it seemed like it could have been a simple error. However, when the Cavs’ bench pointed out it was incorrect, the official scorer did not budge. Two minutes later, West was called for what seemed to be his fourth official foul, so Brown removed him from the game, and his man, Johnson, made several baskets to give Atlanta the lead. West’s foul total was corrected to start the fourth quarter, but Brown was angry and after the game said the team planned to file a formal complaint. The Hawks’ official scorer was involved in a similar situation last season. The last 51 seconds of a game had to be replayed when the scorer incorrectly fouled out Shaquille O’Neal, and the Hawks were fined $50,000. ‘The only thing they can say is ‘sorry,’ but that can affect the course of the game, and I felt I had every right to be upset,’ Brown said. ‘We could be down here in the playoffs for a game, and something like this can’t happen.’”

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  • nicole

    Around two years ago, the scorekeepers in Atlanta didn’t give the Raptors two points for a shot (I think TJ Ford’s?) and nobody noticed until the end of the game.

  • http://vnsny.org Spaceship Jay

    Perhaps…you need…to…fire….the….Official Scorer. That was a hard idea to come up with.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Like the team…..a huge embarrassment to the rest of the league.

  • https://twitter.com/Neuronautuk mat smith

    yeah, your out buddy, or maybe he thinks he gets six mistakes too?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne


  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    these are the same people that snaked the Raptors…2wice!!! they have to be fired now

  • Jess

    The Raps have been screwed in ATL a few times, this is getting ridiculous, and its doesnt seem like a solution would be too hard to find, but were talking about David Stern here…

  • ENDSwing

    He must be Dominique’s cousin or somethin’

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Nothing about games in ATL make sense. Did you see the cake to the face of Ms. Snowflake?

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    This was the official scorer’s way of compensating for the hilariously idiotic officiating. See Lang’s game notes for more information.

  • http://www.sprint.com/sero dma

    seems like a simple gig. i wonder if the guy has his GED.

  • whooo!

    wasn’t it the hawks game a couple years ago too where the shotclock broke and they had the pa announcer counting down the clock?

  • http://gmail.com Spaceship Jay

    I saw that Mo Charlo! That was horrible. I didn’t think he would hit her as hard as he did.

  • yo yo g

    the nba should have officials score the game. Every game they travel with the refs

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    what was this cake/face routine thing??….Oh and I am a qualified scorebench official for basketball australia, maybe i should put my hat in the ring for the gig over there..?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Go for it, Dacre.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    This sh!t happens like twice a year in ATL.

  • niQ

    yea..the scorer needs to be fired.

  • T.J.

    We need to find a replacement but dag you won the game anyway! what more do you want?

  • Dallas J

    Is this why Josh Smiths lines are so uninspiring now? stat errors? i knew it!

  • giogolo

    WOW. this Atl scorer..
    I read it on yahoo..the report here makes it sound more anomalous.