NBA looks for playoffs not marred by more player-ref strife

first_imgFILE – In this Dec. 3, 2017, file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston (34) argues a call with referee Courtney Kirkland before he was called for a technical foul and was ejected, during an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, in Miami. This was a season that saw superstars get ejected, a referee held out of games for a week after getting too aggressive with a player and the NBA going door-to-door to remind teams to play nice. The referee-player relationship is as thorny as ever, and that’s not a good thing going into the postseason. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper, File)MIAMI — By rule, any substitute checking into an NBA game must first report his intentions to the scorer’s table. Denver’s Jamal Murray was on his way there during a game last month, then got derailed when an errant pass came flying his way.That’s when referee Jason Phillips intervened.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Our league needs strong officials,” McCutchen said. “What we’re trying to shoot for is this idea that you can have strength without arrogance and you can show humility without having to give into weakness. And that sort of Goldilocks moment, where the porridge is just right, is the balance in which we can start to disagree about the play without being demeaning or condescending or arrogant to one another.”That hasn’t been the case at times this season.It’s rare that a call will truly decide a game, and the NBA is sticking to its pledge of transparency by continuing to release reports about calls made in the final two minutes of close games. The Last 2 Minute Reports have been widely panned by players and coaches, especially when those reports show that a big call didn’t go their way in a close loss.For the 400-plus games that have met the criteria for such a report being publicly issued this season, the NBA has said 97.4 percent of the calls made — in other words, 39 out of every 40 — are correct. When factoring in no-calls, what the NBA defines as “event accuracy” drops to 93.9 percent.But there have also been some difficult moments.Livingston and Kirkland butted heads in a game at Miami, earning the Warriors guard a one-game suspension and Kirkland’s discipline after the league determined they were both in the wrong in their argument over a non-call. Through Sunday, there were 79 ejections this season — up considerably from the 61 last season. The NBA said 902 technicals were called last season; that figure has also been topped this season, albeit only by about 30.Draymond Green, who isn’t shy about getting technicals, has complained. So has Chris Paul, the president of the National Basketball Players Association.“To be honest, we need to kind of just go out there and play, and not worry about anything but that,” Toronto guard Kyle Lowry said. “We can’t worry about what happened, even legitimately. We have to just go play and not say anything and just do our jobs. I think that’ll be a focus for the rest of the season for our team.”But Lowry knows, starting Saturday, everything gets magnified.“You can’t get distracted or obsess on the officials or things that happen during the game that you can’t necessarily control,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “You can’t cross the line consistently and expect to develop the right mental toughness that you need to win.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “We all make mistakes,” Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. “It’s a game. We’re all a part of it. We’re all in the NBA. The officials are part of the NBA. So we have to understand that we’re all under the same corporation.”There have been instances where they have looked more like combatants.Referee Courtney Kirkland was taken off the floor for a week for getting too aggressive with Golden State’s Shaun Livingston. Warriors star Kevin Durant — who’d been ejected once in his first nine seasons — got kicked out of five games. Even LeBron James got tossed for the first time in his 15-year career.It all led the NBA to announce in late January its plan to improve how players and referees get along. Former referee Monty McCutchen, now an NBA vice president overseeing referee development and training, and NBA senior vice president Michelle Johnson met with clubs to listen to their perspective.McCutchen’s biggest hope is finding a way to make communication better, on all sides. He stressed to teams that he wasn’t meeting with them solely to defend and protect officials.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinacenter_img Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Phillips could have easily been a stickler for rules and told Murray — who never made it to the table — that he had to wait until the next stoppage of play. But Phillips knew Murray was on his way to checking in long before the play was dead and allowed him to enter the game.“Thank you,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said, and Phillips nodded.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThere were moments of civility like this between referees, players and coaches this season. They just were overshadowed way too often. Now everyone is watching to see how things unfold in the playoffs.FILE – In this April 6, 2018, file photo, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) argues a foul call against him by referee Sean Corbin (33) during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, in Phoenix. This was a season that saw superstars get ejected, a referee held out of games for a week after getting too aggressive with a player and the NBA going door-to-door to remind teams to play nice. The referee-player relationship is as thorny as ever, and that’s not a good thing going into the postseason. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)The league wants to avoid more headline-grabbing confrontation with the playoffs starting Saturday and stakes and emotion becoming even higher, so officials met with all 30 teams , the last of those on Monday. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Kobe Paras on Gilas Cadets’ Filoil stint: ‘I’m all for this’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast View commentslast_img read more


first_imgFinn Harps have confirmed the appointment of Trevor Scanlon as Head of the club’s Academy.Trevor Scanlon – newly-appointed Head of the Finn Harps Academy.The former Harps and Sligo Rovers defender will take up the position following his role at Letterkenny Rovers where Trevor has been first team manager since 2013.The Finn Harps Academy currently has three age groups expanding to five for the 2015 season. Trevor previously worked as an F.A.I. Development Officer and Regional Emerging Talent Centre Co-Ordinator & Coach and holds qualifications as a F.A.I. Coach Education Tutor and a Child Protection Course Tutor.The Sligoman said he is looking forward to the new challenge.“The Finn Harps Academy is a great opportunity for me to bring some of my experiences from my time in the F.A.I. to assist the coaches in helping the players improve. We want to provide the players with a more challenging level of training enabling them to develop all their capacities to their full potential,” he said.Trevor feels that co-operation across the football community is important for player development “For me it is important that Finn Harps are trying to do things the right way. The link created between all the stakeholders in local football is crucial in the development of players throughout the county. The Donegal Schoolboys league, the grassroots clubs, the players, transparency in the way the club deals with these and how the club can play its part in helping to improve each element is key. Working in partnership with the D.S.L. and the county managers, the Academy gives more kids an opportunity to avail of quality coaching in a structured environment.”James Rodgers, Chairman of the Finn Harps Academy Committee said they are delighted that Trevor is coming on board as Head of Academy.“He has a wealth of experience in all areas of player development and this will be of huge benefit to the coaches and players at the Academy. While we are happy with the progress we have made so far we have been patient in building the project at a pace we feel is manageable and best for the players. Trevor’s appointment is another big step in the right direction and we are looking forward to working with him on the next phase of the Academy’s development.”TREVOR SCANLON IS APPOINTED AS FINN HARPS’ HEAD OF ACADEMY was last modified: October 20th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Academydonegalfinn harpsTrevor Scanlonlast_img read more