refs effect the gm in qrt 1,2,3, & 4th. It aint just 1 or a couple calls. dont be so niave
Refs can dictate a lot. They can pull players off the court with phantom fouls. They can swing momentum frequently with discriminate block/charge calls.
A lot of people think its sounds noble to say that officials don't impact the game. That's fine, but those same people constantly say it as if saying it more often makes their point more valid.
Clearly, a person who watches the sport can recognize how easy it is for refs to manipulate the outcome. Sometimes it is out of incompetence, while other times it is subtly intentional. Other times, refs merely get caught up in the momentum of the game and let the crowd or a player's performance affect them.
Referees can take a player out of his game. This happens a lot of ways from letting a guy get pounded on, to putting them in foul trouble, etc.
Because this has become so common, it does become difficult to distinguish between what is intentional officiating and what is merely "missed calls", etc.
And the NBA loves this. The inconsistency makes it hard to pinpoint anything for sure, so everything remains cloudy.
When the Tim Donaghy story first broke, several media members addressed the issue as if it was no surprise (because it wasn't). But over time, after Stern and his handlers got control of the story, more and more media members bought into the "rogue official" story.
There was an expose written at least a decade ago about terrible officiating, in which an official was quoted about something to the effect that officials "cultivate the game" (I.e. we keep games close). That is not their job. Yet, some think it is. Perhaps because they've been told this by their employer?
This stuff is true and has always been out there. Believing it may negatively impact your ability to enjoy the league, and accordingly, you just have to learn to accept it to a comfortable degree. But burying your head in the sand or citicizingn people who see an obvious issue doesn't make things any better. If you feel that officials are not a factor, then so be it. You really have nothing to add to the discussion.