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#1 Guest_Nissan_*

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Posted October 02, 2008 - 08:09 PM

EL SEGUNDO — The 14-month investigation of the NBA’s officiating system is complete, and the verdict is that the Lakers’ Game 6 victory over Sacramento in the 2002 Western Conference finals was not affected by deliberate referee bias.

“It’s wonderful to still know we won that series,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said with a grin.

Nine pages of Lawrence Pedowitz’s study on NBA referees are devoted to the Kings-Lakers game that Tim Donaghy suggested was affected by referees wanting to ensure a Lakers victory and a Game 7 for the NBA. The study’s conclusion is that referees Dick Bavetta and Bob Delaney were credible in saying they worked as fairly as they could.

An internal NBA review of the game by officiating experts said the fourth quarter (when the Kings were called for 16 fouls to the Lakers’ eight) wasn’t that badly officiated. The determination was that only three calls were wrong: two in the Lakers’ favor and one in the Kings’.


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Posted October 02, 2008 - 08:26 PM

what were they gonna do just get the same laker team and kings team if it was over turned. This shouldn't even be an investigation :lol:
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Posted October 02, 2008 - 08:26 PM

lol@kings fans..now they have nothing to hold on to.

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Posted October 02, 2008 - 09:17 PM

Yeah, the only banner the Kings have hanging up is a Pacific Division title from what I remember, which is pretty sad.

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Posted October 02, 2008 - 09:19 PM

Hopefully the confirmation of the 2002 Lakers winning that series puts away a lot of that conspiracy talk.
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Posted October 03, 2008 - 02:34 AM

Hopefully the confirmation of the 2002 Lakers winning that series puts away a lot of that conspiracy talk.


There will always be conspiracy talk as long as the Lakers are the best team

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Posted October 03, 2008 - 03:04 AM

Yeah, the only banner the Kings have hanging up is a Pacific Division title from what I remember, which is pretty sad.

They probably got that 51 Royals title up (I think that was it and I think they're the same franchise?)

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Posted October 03, 2008 - 01:27 PM

Yeh I hate how people always talk about how we were given the championship. We also had to play and win the Finals too you know. Even if the Kings made it to the Finals, it doesn't guarantee a championship if they lose.

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Posted October 03, 2008 - 03:40 PM

Yeh I hate how people always talk about how we were given the championship. We also had to play and win the Finals too you know. Even if the Kings made it to the Finals, it doesn't guarantee a championship if they lose.

That guarantees a dynasty we don't get though.

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Posted October 03, 2008 - 03:47 PM

There will always be conspiracy talk as long as the Lakers are the best team


That's not always the case. Don't be so quick to jump to that conclusion.
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Posted October 03, 2008 - 03:53 PM

That guarantees a dynasty we don't get though.

That's true. A new dynasty has begun though. :clap:

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Posted October 04, 2008 - 06:23 AM

i told my friend about this (shes a huge Kings fan) and her only reply was: so? Lakers still suck.

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Posted October 04, 2008 - 08:13 AM

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Posted October 04, 2008 - 07:42 PM

Lakers own the Queens. :beers:

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Posted October 05, 2008 - 12:00 AM

Well, of course the NBA study will say that it wasn't affected. I don't think it was, but this doesn't give much credibility, given that it was done by the NBA.
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Posted October 05, 2008 - 12:20 AM

Webber choked....
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Posted October 05, 2008 - 12:54 PM

What the report was really intended to communicate was that Game 6 was simply pay back for the poor officiating in Games 2 & 5, so the Kings really did choke.

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Posted October 06, 2008 - 09:47 AM

That's not always the case. Don't be so quick to jump to that conclusion.


I've heard conspiracy theories about our team since the first title in 2000. Being the top team in a sport also brings along a lot of haters whose only option is to point fingers when things don't go their way.




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