Saturday, October 16th, 2010 at 11:19 am  |  31 responses

Shaq: Sell Referees’ Jerseys At Footlocker

No one seems happy with the League’s new standards for issuing techs, including the Big Shamrock of course. From the Boston Globe: “The NBA officials are cracking down, the players union is fighting back, and Shaquille O’Neal threw his two cents in this morning at the Celtics shootaround at the Air Canada Centre. His position on the issue isn’t a huge surprise — ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ — but he said that by going to extreme measures to clean up the game, the league’s defeating the purpose and putting a spotlight on the officials. ‘I just think that if you give those guys that much control you might as well start selling their jerseys at Footlocker also,’ O’Neal said. ‘This is an emotional game. I know when I pay the money in different arenas and I take my sons and my daughters, I want to see everything. I want to see them talking smack. I want to see it all. You can’t just cut off an emotional game … You might as well make them stars.’”

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  • kickflip

    and he is right

  • NAS

    Has shaq really gone to an NBA game and purchased tickets??? Hard to believe…

  • ripslam

    He’s 100% right. This “respect for the game” stuff is just horsecr*p. KG gets ejected for showing the official what actually happened and then laughing? Stern needs to get his head straight.

  • JTaylor21

    The first smart thing shaq has said since Kobe tell me how my a** taste!

  • http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000580635564 Bryan

    I’ve been saying it for years.

  • vtrobot

    a kid walking down the street wearing a striped steve jaffe “jersey.” ha ha. that’s hilarious.

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    cosign Shaq. and cosign NAS too, haha

  • Clay

    The problem is the players are not talking smack. They are crying. Shaq should watch an NBA game for once, but he’s too busy playing in them. Another reason why the NBA has many less fans than the NFL: disconnect with potential fans. No one wants to see millionaires whine over calls that are 100% correct. We also want to see players play 100%, and that effort is rarely ever fully given. The contracts should not be fully guaranteed.

  • Robb

    You know the league’s officiating has become ridiculously strict when Grant Hill gets ejected during a pre season game.

  • http://www.slamonline.com AllDayEveryDay

    ^^ for smacking someones @ss at that

  • reflex

    Grant Hill got ejected?! SMH…

  • enigmatichater

    stfu clay

  • JTaylor21

    The NFL SUCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKS!!!!!!! and ^^Enigmatic, damn you done got famous.

  • vtrobot

    I don’t think anyone here enjoys hearing the players whine, and I’m pretty sure that SOME of that complaining might be because of sh*tty calls. Yes, unfortunately the Kobes and LBJs of the L have grown accustomed to either getting a layup or a foul called when they drive to the basket. When neither happens, you sometimes see a tantrum like you’d see in a nursery school. If they L get’s their sh*t together, maybe the players will too. Still, I guess there are people like Timmy D who honestly act like they’ve
    never committed a foul in their careers. Fine the f*ck out of people who continuously b*tch, but don’t throw people out of games. Players do need to learn to reduce the amount of crying. How much have you seen over the years that’s resulted in an overturned call?

  • Heals

    Clay must not watch Gerald Wallace play, and it isn’t whining, it’s fury/disbelief at incorrect calls or inconsistent officials…

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    shaq HAS to join tnt

  • JoeMaMa

    I’m ordering a custom made retro alternate Bavetta jersey, complete with bib.

  • The Philosopher 2.0

    Well the Footlocker employees do wear Ref unis to show respect for their great control of the game and great calls

  • Blackphantom

    wow JTaylor, wow

  • Coney Islander

    It’s true.

  • http://bedotwater.bandcamp.com BE.water

    Clay made the most ignorant comment of this whole discussion.

  • Clay

    Yup, of course I did. Gerald Wallace, really? I should dig that deep to find a player who does not need to complain after calls? He’s a good player, but nowhere near a star. Can you find a counter arguement BE water? Or will you just say something that has no validity behind it?

  • Clay

    NBA, meet MLB and NHL. You three are becoming so close in fan base. If and/or when there is a lockout in the NFL, people will flee to the sport once it’s back in higher numbers than before. People don’t want to resort to watching a garbage product like Sterns.

  • The Motorist

    Clay, I have to disagree with you on a couple of things. First, refs are human beings and they sometimes make bad calls. This is a fact. Players should be allowed to express their frustration at a bad call as long as they recognize when it’s time to let it go and move on to the next play. Second, to say that NBA players’ contracts shouldn’t be guaranteed is ridiculous. It’s not the NBA’s fault that their players union negotiated better terms than the NFL players union.

  • KB8toSG8

    @Motorist….having bad calls isn’t the problem. Thinking that they own the game is. See how many techs the pre-season games have till now. That is ridiculous. Think what would happen in a LA vs Celtics match if the match is close and they start going physical. KB,KG,Pierce,Odom/Artest can’t even finish the game. Why pay to see the superstars get ejected? Mark my words, KB and KG are gonna get suspended for many many games this season. And if the League doesn’t change the rules, I expect them to be ready for a severe backlash.

  • KB8toSG8

    LOL. Just saw Grant Hill’s ejection. That was the single worst call I’ve EVER seen and hopefully will ever see. Some refs are going overboard with all this.

  • mike

    I have been reading a lot about this issue, and not only do the majority of players disagree with the new rule, but also the fans. I dont know how to go about doing this, but if someone made some kind of online petition, and if it gets a million + signatures, im sure that the player’s union could use it and the NBA would consider it. IF it would hurt fans approval, it would me an less fans and less money , an surely David Stern would feel affected by that. What ya say?

  • The Motorist

    KB8toSG8, I think you misunderstood the point of my previous post. I am against the new rule and I think players should be allowed to express themselves.

  • Yesse

    Couldn’t agree more. The refs just get worse year by year. This explains why the 90′s was the peak of the Nba.

  • Clay

    I understand officials make many incorrect calls, but it’s now to the point where everything they call is questioned. Even if the call is clearly right, the other teams’ players will jump up and down about it. It’s too much.

  • Hucklebuck

    The NBA is still more exciting than the NFL. You don’t see as much complaining in football because the players have helmets hiding their whining.
    Check out replays, especially when there are passing interference calls.
    And they inserted instant replay in part to cut down on the whiny football players and coaches.
    And with divas like TO, Chad Ocho Cinco, and Bret Farve, the NFL has just as many whiners as the NBA.