Gil Blogs About Referees
I think it's nothing but good that the NBA has evolved to the point where it allows its players to blog about their complaints with officiating on the official NBA Web site. Mark Cuban and Ted Leonsis must be so proud. Pretty soon anonymous Redskins will be blogging on WashingtonRedskins.com about how much they don't like Gregg Williams.
Anyhow, Gil has updated his blog. (Thanks to Unsilent Majority for the tip, and go ahead and read his take on Art Monk for the HOF if you don't mind a little friendly profanity.) First of all, GMEG (Ernie Grunfeld) has apparently been trying to convince Gil that his stats are just fine.
Even though I had nine turnovers [Tuesday], I'm still two less than I was and if you take those 10 questionable charges they've been giving me this season - there's about 10 of them - you know, that drops my turnovers down 12 less than I had last year.
[Grunfeld] felt I was down because he asked me, "How do you think you're playing this year?" And I told him, "Oh, I'm not playing very well." And he was like, "Numbers don't lie." So he showed me the numbers, he said besides the shooting percentage, everything is up. Steals is up, rebounds up, assists up...
And then, Gil launches into the same speech he delivered (twice) in the locker room after that win Tuesday night. Seriously, you usually think of guys popping off about the officiating when they're still in the heat of the moment, but I see this more as Gil's very straight-faced ruminations on the changing whims of referees, which is why he's saying the same thing in the same words on his blog. I wouldn't worry, all you people worrying about his well-being and focus and distractions and all that. He'll go for 40 or 45 within the next week. Here's what he "wrote" (Sorry to disappoint, but he doesn't actually type this thing up himself):
What I'm doing, I'm trying to go to the basket all day on the road. I don't want to shoot on the road. I want to go to the bucket. So me going to the bucket, now the refs are saying, they have this rule or this little saying they've been telling me for the last 14 games that I'm creating the contact. I'm throwing my body into the defender. Well, as an offensive player, that's what you're supposed to do. It's a game of angles. You beat him to the basket, you cut off his angle, that's called smart basketball. So, I mean, if they want to just tell me I'm smarter than most defenders ... I'll take that.
By me doing that and them not giving me those fouls, those are actually missed shots. I mean, those are missed attempts and it's tougher to get the calls on the road. So, by the middle of the season, just like last season, because I remember I was complaining about the same thing ... I'm going in there getting smacked and hammered and its like, "What do I have to do to get a foul around here?" It's all about the game, so I'll just wait till the middle of the season to get those 19-to-20 free throw attempts I should have.
You know what's funny? As much as I'm complaining about not getting to the free throw line, I'm having more free throws than I did last year.
The other interesting blog nuggets include video game sessions with Adam Morrison, and another online friendship with some random video gaming kid who has cancer.
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