Have you noticed the absolute silence on this issue? Nothing from the NBA. Nothing from the sports writers. Nothing from the players association.
If you aren’t familiar with what happened here it is:
So we have an NBA official, Mr. Joe Derosa throwing a basketball at a fan who throws it back at him. You can say ‘throw’, ‘toss’, whatever you want to call it but it doesn’t change the fact that an NBA ref initiated this exchange with a fan walking by.
Could you imagine an umpire in MLB doing this? An NFL official? Or even an NBA player?
And you can’t say this was a joke because Derosa then tried to get the fan thrown out by calling over security.
Derosa should have been immediately suspended from the rest of the playoffs and the NBA should have said we don’t condone this behavior. Exactly what they would have done if a player had done this. And why hasn’t the players association come out against this?
Maybe he’ll get suspended today but you can’t find any sports writers clamoring for his suspension or calling out the NBA once again with their officiating. One day, the NBA will wake up and make their officials less player friendly like in baseball and football where you can’t touch them or it’s a penalty or an ejection. I’ve never understood why the NBA let’s players come over and put their arm around officials.