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“In 20 years of playing in the NBA,” he said, “I’ve paid over $90 million in federal tax, $40 million in FICA tax, and $1 million in David Stern tax.
They [the fans] paid all that money to watch No. 26 [referee Bob Delaney] play. If I was a fan, I would be upset. You pay all that money for good seats, you have two of the best guys in the league sitting on the bench out of the game. That is what happens when you have control freaks out there.”
Shaq does have a point. The game had a few bad calls and makeup calls. And it does seem that big men like Shaq automatically get some calls; all of that makes the game less fun to watch. If the refereeing was better, then bad and makeup calls wouldn’t exist, and the integrity of the game would be much improved. Then players and coaches get fined for having freedom of speech.
I agree with Tommy Heinsohn; call the game.