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Sorry, this is not soccer related, but I'm sure we all caried the Kings closely in our hearts in 2002. To make a long story short, an ex official (Tim Donaghy) has said today that Stern ordered the refs not allow the Kings to win game 6 and instead have the series go to a game 7. The free throws were like 20 + for the lakers compared to 9 or so for the kings. They also were not allowed to give technical fouls to any Lakers player either. Unreal. They ruined such a good generation. Webber was in his prime, Peja was awesome, Vlade was playing his best ball of his career, Christie, Hedo and the rest were on top of their games as well. This really, REALLY pissed me off because I remember how angry I was after that game when they lost in the last second...To find out now that it was rigged all along..

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:yuck: ****ing disgrace.
 

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I remember watching that game and I just couldn't believe how many calls the Lakers got, it was ridiculous but I had no idea that this was going on.

The Kings deserved to win the championship that year, they were the best team.

Shame on the NBA.
 

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David Stern is a criminal who doesn't know shit about basketball. the guy's on the ****ing Council on Foreign Relations for ****'s sake! That's some political organization a bunch of influential politicians are on, that talk about foreign policy. He's just a sleaze bag who wants to make money at all costs. He can do whatever the **** he wants and remain immune because of his connections.

I've lost a lot of interest in NBA because of this bullshit and if it doesn't change then NBA can **** off for all I care.

Too bad UEFA isn't much better at all. I'd argue they're even worse. Basketball is just an easy sport to rig with all the contact and subjectiveness that goes into determining what's a foul.
 

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I ****in knew it. I remember those games well and I was a huge Kings fan at the time going to every away game they played in the midwest. What a ****ing shame, that mother ****ing criminal I ****ing knew it.
 

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David Stern is a criminal who doesn't know shit about basketball. the guy's on the ****ing Council on Foreign Relations for ****'s sake! That's some political organization a bunch of influential politicians are on, that talk about foreign policy. He's just a sleaze bag who wants to make money at all costs. He can do whatever the **** he wants and remain immune because of his connections.

I've lost a lot of interest in NBA because of this bullshit and if it doesn't change then NBA can **** off for all I care.

Too bad UEFA isn't much better at all. I'd argue they're even worse. Basketball is just an easy sport to rig with all the contact and subjectiveness that goes into determining what's a foul.
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Yup..
My uncle told me yesterday....
and it was in the ESPN news.
I remember I cried when they lost that series.
I was little but my dad and uncle felt that the game was fixed. =/

**** YOU NBA.
NEVER TRUST U AGAIN
 

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Unreal is right! :eek: I remember that series very well I remember thinking the same thing.....
 

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Here's what Ralph Nader, a American presidential candidate and one of the few honest people involved in politics there, wrote to David Stern after that game:

Dear Mr. Stern,

At a time when the public’s confidence is shaken by headlines reporting the breach of trust by corporate executives, it is important during the public’s relaxation time, for there to be maintained a sense of impartiality and professionalism in commercial sports performances.

That sense was severely shaken in the now notorious officiating during Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Sacramento Kings.

Calls by the referees in the NBA are likely to be more subjective than in professional baseball or football. But as the judicious and balanced Washington Post sports columnist Michael Wilborn wrote this Sunday, too many of the calls in the fourth quarter ( when the Lakers received 27 foul shots ) were ” stunningly incorrect ,” all against Sacramento.

After noting that the three referees in Game 6 “are three of the best in the game,” he wrote: I have never seen officiating in a game of this consequence as bad as that in Game 6. …..When Pollard on his sixth foul and final foul, didn’t as much as touch Shaq. Didn’t touch any part of him. You could see it on TV, see it at courtside. It wasn’t a foul in any league in the world. And Divac, on his fifth foul, didn’t foul Shaq. They weren’t subjective or borderline or debatable. And these fouls not only resulted in free throws, they helped disqualify Sacramento’s two low-post defenders. “And one might add, in a 106-102 Lakers victory, this officiating took away what would have been a Sacramento series victory in 6 games.

This was not all. The Kobe Bryant elbow in the nose of Mike Bibby, who after lying on the floor groggy, went to the sideline bleeding, was in full view of the referee, who did nothing, prompted many fans to start wondering about what was motivating these officials.

Wiborn discounted any conspiracy theories about the NBA-NBC desire for a Game 7 etc, but unless the NBA orders a review of this game’s officiating, perceptions and suspicions, however presently absent any evidence, will abound and lead to more distrust and distaste for the games in general. When the distinguished basketball writer for USA TODAY, David Dupree, can say: ” I’ve been covering the NBA for 30 years, and it’s the poorest officiating in a important game I’ve ever seen,” when Wiborn writes that ” The Kings and Lakers didn’t decide this series would be extended until Sunday, three referees did….” when thousands of fans, not just those in Sacramento , felt the merit lost to bad refereeing, you need to take notice beyond the usual and widespread grumbling by fans and columnist about referees ignoring the rule book and giving advantages to home teams and superstars.

Your problem in addressing the pivotal Game 6 situation is that you have too much power. Where else can a decision -makers (the referees) escape all responsibility to admit serious and egregious errors and have their bosses (you) fine those wronged (the players and coaches) who dare to speak out critically?

In a February interview with David Dupree of USA TODAY, he asked you “Why aren’t coaches and players allowed to criticize the referees?” You said, “…we don’t want people questioning the integrity of officials….It just doesn’t pay for us to do anything other than focus on the game it’s self rather than the officiating.” “Integrity” which we take you to mean “professionalism” of the referees has to be earned and when it’s not, it has to be questioned. You and your league have a large credibility problem. Referees are human and make mistakes, but there comes a point that goes beyond any random display of poor performance. That point was reached in Game 6 which took away the Sacramento Kings Western Conference victory.

It seems you have a choice. You can continue to exercise your absolute power to do nothing. Or you can initiate a review and if all these observers and fans turn out to be right, issue, together with the referees, an apology to the Sacramento Kings and forthrightly admit decisive incompetence during Game 6, especially in the crucial fourth quarter.

You should know, however, that absolute power, if you choose the former course of inaction, invites the time when it is challenged and changed-whether by more withdrawal of fans or by more formal legal or legislative action. No government in our country can lawfully stifle free speech and fine those who exercise it; the NBA under present circumstances can both stifle and fine players and coaches who speak up. There is no guarantee that this tyrannical status will remain stable over time, should you refuse to bend to reason and the reality of what occurred. A review that satisfies the fan’s sense of fairness and deters future recurrences would be a salutary contribution to the public trust that the NBA badly needs.

We look forward to your considered response.

Sincerely,
Ralph Nader
 

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My pops said it was fixed for capitalistic purposes. The more games the more money....

**** Lakers tho, specially Horry, Fisher and all those faggots.
 

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I will never forget that series. I don't think I could even think about basketball for the next 2 weeks. A effing disgrace this is.
 

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I don't think I really cared much about the NBA for the following 6 years. If it wasn't for some of our players there, I probably wouldn't even sit through the highlights on T.V. Bastards!
 

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It was the best Series in the past decade
They still talk about it sometimes..
The kings and Lakers rivalry.

STUPID BS
 

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"My first thought [upon hearing Donaghy's allegation] was: I knew it," Pollard said Tuesday night. "I'm not going to say there was a conspiracy. I just think something wasn't right. It was unfair. We didn't have a chance to win that game."
Should be a very "hot" summer for the NBA..
 

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such a shame, it was well known that the league wanted the lakers to make the final as they would pull in better ratings than the Kings. the NBA will spend a lot of money to make Donaghy look really bad and discredit anything he says.
 

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In a poll at Fox Sports, 80 % out of a total 144,000 voters believe the game was rigged (figure the 20 % are ignorant Lakers fans)
 
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