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@JimboSlice Thanks for clearing my comment. The acknowledgement of the bad call isn't the problem, but harping on it is.
2 years ago on Thursday Bolts - 3.1.12
@mcdonaldss24 I can definitely see the other side of this issue. However, bad call are part of sports. Sometimes you are on the good end, sometimes you are on the bad end. If a team call out the refs for the bad one against them; should they thank them in the media for the bad calls that were in their favor? If the refs are not fixing the games, then I have to live with bad calls. Its part of the game.
I don't have a problem with fans of a team saying they got robbed because of a call...It's kinda the job of the fans to get rilled up, show their displeasure, and use the intimidation factor to keep the "home court advantage" in their favor from the time the refs get off the plane and head to the arena. However, it does seem odd when the team gets involved with the "we got robbed" cry.
After the game, Nate McMillan went public with the comments, and now the president. In my opinion, as a Thunder fan, I believe it was a bad call. However, it seems to me that since the brass of the team is using excuses, it gives the players excuses to fail. (NOT SAYING PORTLAND PLAYERS ARE FAILURES). It takes the focus off of missed opportunities to improve your game. Now a Portland player would think, "it wasn't a big deal that I didn't properly rotate on that Durant drive in the 2nd quarter that sparked a 10-2 run, we lost because the one time I did properly contain Durant in the final moments, the refs blew a questionable call". It seems like that train of though creates a certain type of environment around your team.
I like how the Thunder brass handle those situations. We all remember the Utah foul that may have cost the Thunder playoff seeding, however Scott Brooks talked about all of the other factors that lost them the game. The loss of focus to concentrate on the little things lost the game. That attitude went down to the players. I remember KD saying "it wasn't a foul, the refs didn't call it.". Now, me as a fan said "WE GOT ROBBED". But I am glad that the Thunder didn't use excuses and used that instance as an opportunity to teach our young Thunder squad that if you pay attention to the little things and play with focus and intensity, you shouldn't put yourself in the position to allow the refs to determine the outcome of the game. That is call Thunder Basketball!
THATS ALL. Thanks for listening. I usually don't comment, I love reading your comments as you guys seem to really know your stuff! Great board!
f5alconLost Ones Look how Brandon Roy retired, and the answer is clear.
2 years ago on Wednesday Bolts - 2.8.12