Steve Kerr Tries To “Kill With Kindness” In Order To Win Refs Good Graces Before Game 2
Coaches will try anything to get the referees on their side. They scream their heads off, they'll intimidate, and they'll even beg if they think it will work. Last night toward the end of the Warriors/Thunder game, Russell Westbrook clearly traveled. Westbrook knew it, Steve Kerr knew it, hell the entire world besides referee Monty McCutchen knew it.
The NBA, almost immediately released a statement, basically claiming that McCutchen and the other refs on the crew had the call wrong.
Via ESPN..."The officials, no one could get in a good position to see him drag that pivot foot," NBA senior vice president of replay and referee operations Joe Borgia said in a postgame interview on NBA TV. "It's an unfortunate miss, but so much going on in the play, the speed of it, and officiating is about getting angles and sometimes you just can't get them, and they did not get a great angle on that play."
Instead of being incredulous about how the refs may have cost the Warriors Game 1 last night, Steve Kerr is going in the complete opposite direction. In fact, he's defending them.
Steve Kerr said he thinks the NBA releasing officiating corrections so quickly throws officials under the bus: pic.twitter.com/ynxDgHEZaQ
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) May 17, 2016
You know the whole "kill with kindness" philosophy? It's clear that it's exactly what Steve Kerr is trying to preach here. If he can butter up to the referees before Game 2 and not complain about the extremely obvious missed call, maybe he'll get a few to go his way.
Like we said, these guys will try anything.
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