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NBA Refs Are Acting Strangely [VIDEO]

by Photo of Ross Bernhardt

From ejecting a player for wanting to hold the ball to attempting to block a free throw, things are getting weird.

NBA Refs Are Acting Strangely [VIDEO]

Of all the strange things happening in the NBA this year (the Lakers being so bad, the Bobcats being competitive, the Warriors being one of the best teams in the West, etc.), the referees are slowly starting to make waves in the strange department.  Over the last two nights, referees have upped the ante on weirdness.  And, in another odd coincidence, both of these incidents took place in Toronto Raptors games.

Last night, the Brooklyn Nets visited the Raptors and finally reversed their December-long slump with a victory.  But it looked like everyone, even the refs, were out to get them.  When Kris Humphries went to attempt a free throw in the middle of the fourth quarter when referee Courtney Kirkland did this:

That is absolutely amazing.  He could have just grabbed his whistle or let him simply shoot and then re-shoot the free throw.  But now, Kirkland had to show off his athleticism and block the attempt.  I have always wanted to see something like that, and Ian Eagle nailed it when he said it looked like an employee from Foot Locker wanted his 15 minutes of fame.

Just the night before in Portland, Raptors forward Amir Johnson got into it with referee David Jones after a free throw.  Johnson wanted to hold the ball for a second and went to grab it from Jones, who would have none of it.  The two had a short wrestling match over the ball, some words were exchanged, and before you knew it, Johnson was ejected from the game.

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Johnson definitely overreacted by throwing his mouthpiece, but why wouldn't Jones just let him hold the ball?  It's common for players to grab the ball and just get the feel of it in their hands between free throws.  It didn't make sense why he went on his mini power trip and wouldn't allow it.

And of course, neither of those might match the bizarre way in which Joey Crawford made a blocking call against the Lakers earlier in the season.  Let's just label it obnoxious.

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I don't know what's going on with these refs, but I don't like it.  We don't attend and watch games to see you guys.  If this keeps up, things are going to look like that time Charlie refereed a youth basketball game in "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," and things got nasty when that happened.

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Maybe we can just blame all this on the waitress.

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