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  • June 9 - Tim Donaghy admits 2002 NBA Series was fixed

    Source: MSN News
    The Tim Donaghy scandal just got more serious.
    The disgraced former NBA referee told authorities in a four-page letter released Tuesday that two officials conspired to fix the outcome of a 2002 playoff series and influenced several other post- and regular-season games.

    The fix is in?
    Tim Donaghy did not mention which series in 2002 was fixed, but the Lakers-Kings Western Conference finals was the only series that fits his allegations. A statistical look at Game 6:
    Stat Lakers Kings
    Halftime score 51 56
    Final score 106 102
    Free throws 34-40 18-25
    4th Qtr. FTs 21-27 7-9
    Fouled out None Divac, Pollard
    Fouls 24 31
    Game 6 officials: Dick Bavetta, Ted Bernhardt, Bob Delaney
    Court documents filed by Donaghy's lawyer detailed the "inner-workings" of a plot in which top league executives used referees to manipulate the games. Donaghy claims two referees were "company men" whose job was to extend a playoff series in 2002 to a seventh game.
    The documents did not name the series, but the Lakers-Kings Western Conference finals was the only series in 2002 that went to a seventh game, with the Lakers winning both Game 6 and 7 to reach the NBA Finals.

    "Personal fouls (resulting in obviously injured players) were ignored even when they occurred in full view of the referees," the document says of the unnamed series. "Conversely, the referees called made-up fouls on Team 5 in order to give additional free throw opportunities to Team 6."

    Two players from Team 5 fouled out in the game, the document said, and the "referees' favoring of Team 6 led to that team's victory that night." Team 6 also went on to win Game 7 of the series, according to the document.
    NBA commissioner David Stern flatly denied the allegations Tuesday, dismissing Donaghy's allegations as a despearte attempt to ease his sentence.

    "My reaction to Donaghy's lawyer is that clearly as the date of sentencing gets closer and the things he's thrown against the wall haven't stuck, he's rehashing a variety of things that have been given to the FBI, have been investigated and are baseless," Stern told reporters.
    "He's a singing, cooperating witness trying to get as light a sentence as he can."

    The Lakers trailed the Kings three games to two in 2002 when Los Angeles rallied to win each of the final two games and eventually went on win the NBA championship. Key Kings big men Vlade Divac and Scot Pollard both fouled out in Game 6.

    Shaquille O'Neal scored 41 points and pulled down 17 rebounds against the Kings in Game 6, and drew most of the fouls that sent Divac and Pollard out of the game.

    "Our big guys get 20 fouls tonight and Shaq gets four? You tell me how the game went," Kings coach Rick Adelman said after the game, according to SportsTicker. "It's just the way it is. Obviously, they got the game called the way they wanted to get it called."

    "I knew before the game I'd be out of it," Divac added. "(O'Neal) went out (on fouls) up there (in Sacramento). It had to be the same down here."

    Lakers coach Phil Jackson, speaking with reporters before Tuesday's Game 3 of the NBA Finals, stressed the need to wait for proof before any judgments are made, but was not shy to offer a low opinion of the officiating in the 2002 series.
    "Was that after the fifth game, after we had the game stolen away from us on a bad call?" he said, referring to a game-changing play by Kings guard Mike Bibby in the final moments.

    The letter doesn't name anyone involved. Donaghy's attorney and prosecutors have declined to comment. The league has denied the scandal goes beyond Donaghy and two co-defendants.
    Donaghy also claims that a 2005 playoff series was improperly influenced, saying that referees were instructed to call illegal screens more strictly on a particular player after an opposing owner called to complain after falling behind 2-0 in the series.

    Though the document again does not name anyone specifically, Mark Cuban did complain to the league that year about the officiating after his Mavericks fell behind 2-0 in their series with Houston. Dallas went on to beat the Rockets in seven games.

    Then-Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy claimed at the time that an official who was not working the playoffs informed him of the plan.
    "I didn't think that really worked in the NBA, but in this case it has," Van Gundy told reporters after the fourth game of the series, according to USA Today. He was later fined $100,000, a record sum for a coach.
    The document also described other alleged infractions, including league officials telling referees that they should withhold calling technical fouls on certain star players because doing so hurt ticket sales and television ratings."

    Donaghy also said refs broke league rules by routinely fraternizing with players, coaches and team management and that the resulting inappropriate relationships may have influenced the outcomes of games. He claims one general manager in 2004 made a game-day phone call to referees to encourage them to call more personal fouls against an opponent.
    Donaghy claims referees have accepted autographs, merchandise and meals from team representatives. He said one official used a team's facility to exercise and another played tennis with an NBA coach.
    The veteran referee pleaded guilty last year to felony charges alleging he took cash payoffs from gamblers and bet on games. He faces up to 33 months in prison.
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  • #2
    uh oh!

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    • #3
      even the lakers boston final series is fixed , gasol to lakers fixed, garnnet and allen to celtics fixed, nba is written like soap opra

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      • #4
        i swear nba refs are full of shit...bibby and the kings would've owned the lakers!!!

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        • #5
          i knew that shit was fixed..

          i was pissed when the lakers won that series..
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          • #6
            fuckin fags. sactown deserved that shit. fuck the lakers
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            • #7
              how was it fixed? please what about game 5 with that last bullshit out of bounds call on the lakers that cost them the game? how can u fix someone making shots? its not like ref says well this 3 pointer is going in and the game will be tied... did u guys see the ratings for last years finals? the spurs have given them 3 horrible rating years yet they still have been to the finals 4 times... the knicks are a joke and the nba needs a team like that to be good.... and the trades are fixed? seatle, t'wolves & memphis got nothing out of it? KG didnt even wanna go to boston til they got allen because he didnt wanna live there, u just assume the nba said nah just go we're making u do it? seattle is rebuilding they wanted cap space and they are gettin ALOT of it for the allen trade, memphis also is getting cap space (a huge chunk of cap room) and they need it to reduce cost since they wanna sell the team... people will always disagree with calls but be honest when ur seeing these actions on court you're bound to get things wrong, even on tv i see something as a foul or as a bad call til i see a slo-mo which the refs cant see...
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              • #8
                The officiating of NBA games is straight up garbage. I can't believe the amount of travels that go uncalled... players getting hammered under the basket, but its a no-call because the ball was stripped.... the referee's ruin the NBA, period. There needs to be some FIBA referee's in there or David Stern needs to stop dictating what can and can not be called
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                • #9
                  that series was not fixed, good god. So robert horry getting a lucky bounce at the 3-point line to hit a game-winning 3 as time expired was fixed?? (game 5 i think)

                  Can't believe you guys listen to this dipshit who is just bitter cuz he got caught, and now he's tryin to bring other's down with him.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by farshy View Post
                    even the lakers boston final series is fixed , gasol to lakers fixed, garnnet and allen to celtics fixed, nba is written like soap opra
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                    • #11
                      Doesnt matter lakers are winning the series against boston

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                      • #12
                        NBA is so rigged! How about Pistons vs Miami...how many fouls did D Wade get where the replay showed NO CONTACT at all!!! Its very dissapointing that my favorite sport to watch is so rigged....stop being a flamer David Stern and just let the players play!!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by madski11z View Post
                          that series was not fixed, good god. So robert horry getting a lucky bounce at the 3-point line to hit a game-winning 3 as time expired was fixed?? (game 5 i think)
                          Can't believe you guys listen to this dipshit who is just bitter cuz he got caught, and now he's tryin to bring other's down with him.

                          Um did you forget the 3 Robert made right before halftime that was Way after the buzzer.

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                          • #14
                            hey dickriders u remember game 5????????

                            Lakers coach Phil Jackson, speaking with reporters before Tuesday's Game 3 of the NBA Finals, stressed the need to wait for proof before any judgments are made, but was not shy to offer a low opinion of the officiating in the 2002 series.
                            "Was that after the fifth game, after we had the game stolen away from us on a bad call?" he said, referring to a game-changing play by Kings guard Mike Bibby in the final moments.

                            ^^^^^^^go back and watch it.....dude aint lyin
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                            • #15
                              We don't need this douche bag to tell us that the NBA is rigged. Anyone with a fully functional brain can tell that there are games where the refs make calls too bad to possibly just be a mistake. Everyone knew it would be Boston vs. LA but that part wasn't fixed. They did fix game 3 and probably game 2. The Suns and Spurs series was fixed last year. (Donaghy was the ref for god sakes, and stu jackson gave the spurs a huge boost) The Lakers and king series was obviously fixed to go for 7 games because game 5 and 6 were beyond disgraceful.
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