When you look at the coaches – the referees are going to be more active to talk and respond to (Kidd) over (Raptors coach) Dwane Casey.”
Not only does Donaghy believe the refs will have more dialogue with Kidd, he also said the league meets with its officials before each playoff game to go over what they want called and don’t want called. In this instance, Donaghy insists the guys in stripes have been told to give the Nets an advantage.
Donaghy is an asshole. That said, nothing he said was ridiculous.
“What they do is they actually send in a representative from the league office to sit down with the referees at an 11 o’clock meeting in the morning where they go over game film,” Donaghy said. “They will show the referees what they want called, what they want them to concentrate on, what they feel needs to be called or let go in a series to avoid any problems.
“In this situation, Brooklyn would be put at an advantage. A Brooklyn-Miami matchup would bring great ratings and that’s what this is all about for the NBA and the league offices – bringing in as many dollars as they can.”
It's obvious the NBA would prefer the Nets to win. It's not ridiculous to suggest that the NBA is rigged, in some capacity. I've done it. But you have to consider the source here, realizing that the dude wants you to think he's some sort of expert at picking NBA games, so you give him ridiculous amounts of money for what is likely horrible investment advice.
Maybe there's some truth in what he's saying. There's no way to know. All I know is that the Raptors beat the Nets last night and had fewer fouls than Brooklyn. And that you shouldn't give this asshole your money.