I swear this happened: For the final shot of the first half, Kobe spotted Salvatore on the right side in front of the Lakers' bench, then drove right so he could be as close as possible to the ref if there was any contact. ... Of course, Salvatore obliged with a quick whistle for him. When a referee is affecting basketball decisions specifically by his particular place on the court, you know he has accomplished something special in life.WHY is Bennett Salvatore still refereeing NBA Finals games? Does a referee have to be arrested for gambling in order to be excluded from the Finals?
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Bill Simmons, of ESPN Page 2, about Game 3: