Imagine NBA Games Without Referees

Posted: 11th September 2009 by Patrick Mauro in NBA
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Note: Also seen at Protect the Paint. No one really notices the referees in a hoops game unless they're screwing up or, like Tim Donaghy, committing outright fraud. But we may soon be watching NBA hoop without its regular referees. An October 1st lockout date was set after contract talks broke down between the refs and the league. Unless you’re a ref, no one will lose sleep over this. Seriously, who would miss Dick Bavetta next NBA season? Games minus the regular refs means replacement refs, who won't be as good, but what if there were no refs in an NBA game? Many of us have played pickup games where the argument grows fierce as the whether or not there was a foul, or a travel, or whatever. Imagine this at the NBA level with NBA players making their own calls. Would Shaq scream foul ...

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